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Type: Journal article
Title: Constructing tunable dual active sites on two-dimensional C₃N₄@MoN hybrid for electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution
Other Titles: Constructing tunable dual active sites on two-dimensional C(3)N(4)@MoN hybrid for electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution
Author: Jin, H.
Liu, X.
Jiao, Y.
Vasileff, A.
Zheng, Y.
Qiao, S.
Citation: Nano Energy, 2018; 53:690-697
Publisher: Elsevier
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 2211-2855
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Huanyu Jin, Xin Liu, Yan Jiao, Anthony Vasileff, Yao Zheng, Shi-Zhang Qiao
Abstract: Electrocatalysts are increasingly being used for the production of clean energy. In the past few decades, a wide range of two-dimensional (2D) materials have shown great potential in replacing noble metal catalysts for various electrocatalytic reactions. However, development of alkaline hydrogen evolution technology (a kinetically sluggish process for the conversion of electricity to hydrogen fuel in water electrolyzes) is greatly hindered due to the lack of active candidate materials and mechanistic understanding. In this work, we prepared a hybrid material of 2D graphitic carbon nitride and 2D molybdenum nitride (C₃N₄@MoN) using an interface engineering strategy. The resultant material had a well-designed heterostructure and unique electronic structure. The intimate interaction of both inert graphitic carbon nitride (g-C₃N₄) and MoN surfaces induced a highly active interface with tunable dual active sites for alkaline HER. Thus, the 2D C₃N₄@MoN hybrid exhibited highly efficient electrocatalytic performance which is better than most of the recently reported non-noble metal catalysts. The combination of experimental characterization with density functional theory calculations shows that the enhanced activity originates from the synergy between the optimized hydrogen adsorption energy on the g-C₃N₄ sites and enhanced hydroxyl adsorption energy on the MoN sites.
Keywords: Carbon nitride; 2D materials; heterostructure; hydrogen evolution; dual active sites; DFT calculation
Rights: © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.1016/j.nanoen.2018.09.046
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