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ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2017 Feb 15;9(6):5288-5294. doi: 10.1021/acsami.6b15244. Epub 2017 Jan 31.

Hierarchically Porous Electrocatalyst with Vertically Aligned Defect-Rich CoMoS Nanosheets for the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction in an Alkaline Medium.

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Key Laboratory of Material Chemistry for Energy Conversion and Storage and Ministry of Education, Hubei Key Laboratory of Material Chemistry and Service Failure, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology , Wuhan, 430074, P. R. China.


Effective electrocatalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in alkaline electrolytes can be developed via a simple solvothermal process. In this work, first, the prepared CoMoS nanomaterials through solvothermal treatment have a porous, defect-rich, and vertically aligned nanostructure, which is beneficial for the HER in an alkaline medium. Second, electron transfer from cobalt to MoS2 that reduces the unoccupied d orbitals of molybdenum can also enhance the HER kinetics in an alkaline medium. This has been demonstrated via a comparison of the catalytic performances of CoMoS, CoS, and MoS2. Third, the solvothermal treatment time evidently impacts the electrocatalytic activity. As a result, after 24 h of solvothermal treatment, the prepared CoMoS nanomaterials exhibit the lowest onset potential (42 mV) and overpotential (98 mV) for delivering a current density of 10 mA cm-2 in a 1 M KOH solution. Thus, this study provides a simple method to prepare efficient electrocatalysts for the HER in an alkaline medium.


defect-rich nanosheets; electrocatalysts; hierarchically porous; hydrogen evolution reaction; vertically aligned


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