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Type: Journal article
Title: Nitrogen-promoted molybdenum dioxide nanosheets for electrochemical hydrogen generation
Author: Yan, J.
Li, L.
Ji, Y.
Li, P.
Kong, L.
Cai, X.
Li, Y.
Ma, T.
Liu, S.
Citation: Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2018; 6(26):12532-12540
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 2050-7488
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Junqing Yan, Ling Li, Yujin Ji, Ping Li, Lingqiao Kong, Xuediao Cai, Youyong Li, Tianyi Ma and Shengzhong, (Frank) Liu
Abstract: Recently, the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) via electrocatalytic water splitting has provided a promising and sustainable strategy for energy conversion and storage. A cheap and efficient electrocatalyst composed of earth-abundant elements is needed. Here, we have synthesized new samples of N–MoO₂ sheets with excellent stable Pt-like HER performance. A simple and repeatable strategy has been developed via the use of the cheap, simple small organic molecule urea as a reducing agent. We confirm that N doping can induce a disordered surface lattice and increase the number of proton adsorption sites with a relatively weak binding force. Owing to the cooperative effects of surface N doping, disordered surface distortion and the intrinsic nature of MoO₂, high HER activity can be achieved, with an overpotential of η = 96 mV vs. RHE at a current density of -10 mA cm⁻² and a Tafel slope of 33 mV per decade. Moreover, we further extended the synthesis method to Ni and Co systems with the formation of N– NiO/Ni and N–CoO/Co core–shell structures, which exhibited enhanced HER performance in comparison with bare MO/M (M = metal) samples. This study can help us design new earth-abundant electrocatalysts with further enhancements in catalytic performance.
Description: Published on 04 June 2018
Rights: This journal is © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2018
DOI: 10.1039/c8ta03638a
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