It is of great significance to develop efficient and robust oxygen evolution reaction (OER) electrocatalysts based on inexpensive and earth-abundant materials to enable water splitting as a future renewable energy source. Herein, the in situ grown CoMn-MOF-74 on nickel foam and their use as active electrodes for high-performance water-oxidation catalysis are reported. In alkaline media, the binder-free 3D electrode shows superior OER activity with a current density of 10 mA cm−2 at a small overpotential of 260 mV, a Tafel slope of 58.2 mV dec−1, as well as excellent stability, making it one of the most active OER catalysts. Such high performance is attributed to increased electrochemically-active areas, accelerated electron transport capability and the synergy between MOFs and Ni substrate. This work elucidates a promising electrode for electrochemical water oxidation and enriches direct application of MOF materials for future clean energy conversion and storage systems.

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