Fe-based metallic glass: An efficient and energy-saving electrode material for electrocatalytic degradation of water contaminants

Research paper by Xindong Qin, Zhengkun Li; Zhengwang Zhu; Huameng Fu; Hong Li; Aimin Wang; Hongwei Zhang; Haifeng Zhang

Indexed on: 19 Apr '18Published on: 15 Apr '18Published in: Journal of Materials Science & Technology


Publication date: Available online 7 April 2018 Source:Journal of Materials Science & Technology Author(s): Xindong Qin, Zhengkun Li, Zhengwang Zhu, Huameng Fu, Hong Li, Aimin Wang, Hongwei Zhang, Haifeng Zhang Excessive consumption of electrical energy has hampered the widespread application of electrochemical technology for degradation of various contaminants. In this paper, a Fe-based metallic glass (MG) was demonstrated as a new type of electrocatalyst to effectively and economically degrade an azo dye. In comparison to other typical electrodes, Fe-based MG electrodes exhibit a minimized degradation time, and the specific energy is 4–6 orders of magnitude lower than that of dimensionally stable anode (DSA), metal-like boron-doped diamond (BDD) and other electrodes. As sacrificial electrode materials, Fe-based MGs have less specific electrode mass consumption than iron electrodes. The use of Fe-based MGs will promote the practical application of electrochemical technology and the use of MGs as functional materials.