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Efficient hydrogen evolution by ternary molybdenum sulfoselenide particles on self-standing porous nickel diselenide foam

Zhou, Haiqing and Yu, Fang and Huang, Yufeng and Sun, Jingying and Zhu, Zhuan and Nielsen, Robert J. and He, Ran and Bao, Jiming and Goddard, William A., III and Chen, Shuo and Ren, Zhifeng (2016) Efficient hydrogen evolution by ternary molybdenum sulfoselenide particles on self-standing porous nickel diselenide foam. Nature Communications, 7 . Art. No. 12765. ISSN 2041-1723. PMCID PMC5028416. doi:10.1038/ncomms12765.

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With the massive consumption of fossil fuels and its detrimental impact on the environment, methods of generating clean power are urgent. Hydrogen is an ideal carrier for renewable energy; however, hydrogen generation is inefficient because of the lack of robust catalysts that are substantially cheaper than platinum. Therefore, robust and durable earth-abundant and cost-effective catalysts are desirable for hydrogen generation from water splitting via hydrogen evolution reaction. Here we report an active and durable earth-abundant transition metal dichalcogenide-based hybrid catalyst that exhibits high hydrogen evolution activity approaching the state-of-the-art platinum catalysts, and superior to those of most transition metal dichalcogenides (molybdenum sulfide, cobalt diselenide and so on). Our material is fabricated by growing ternary molybdenum sulfoselenide particles on self-standing porous nickel diselenide foam. This advance provides a different pathway to design cheap, efficient and sizable hydrogen-evolving electrode by simultaneously tuning the number of catalytic edge sites, porosity, heteroatom doping and electrical conductivity.

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Huang, Yufeng0000-0002-0373-2210
Nielsen, Robert J.0000-0002-7962-0186
Bao, Jiming0000-0002-6819-0117
Goddard, William A., III0000-0003-0097-5716
Ren, Zhifeng0000-0001-8233-3332
Additional Information:© 2016 Macmillan Publishers Limited. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in the credit line; if the material is not included under the Creative Commons license, users will need to obtain permission from the license holder to reproduce the material. To view a copy of this license, visit Received: 12 April 2016. Accepted: 29 July 2016. Published online: 16 September 2016. This project was partially supported by US Defense Threatening Reduction Agency (DTRA) under grant FA 7000-13-1-0001, and the computational work was supported through the Office of Science of US Department of Energy under Award No. DE-SC0004993. J.M.B. acknowledges the support from the National Science Foundation (CAREER Award ECCS-1240510) and the Robert A. Welch Foundation (E-1728). Author Contributions: Z.R. guided the project and discussed the experimental results. H.Z. conceived, designed and performed the experiments (SEM, Raman, XPS and HER tests) and analysed the data. F.Y. conducted catalyst synthesis by CVD method and helped to collect the HER data. Y.H., R.J.N. and W.A.G. carried out the first-principles calculations. J.S. performed TEM characterizations. R.H. carried out XRD characterization. S.C. contributed to the result discussion, device design and measurements. Z.Z. and J.B. measured the Faradaic efficiency. H.Z., S.C. and Z.R. wrote the paper. All the authors discussed the results and revised the paper. Data availability: The data that support the findings of this study are available from the corresponding author upon request. The authors declare no competing financial interests.
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Official Citation:Zhou, H. et al. Efficient hydrogen evolution by ternary molybdenum sulfoselenide particles on self-standing porous nickel diselenide foam. Nat. Commun. 7:12765 doi: 10.1038/ncomms12765 (2016).
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