Engineering grain boundaries at the 2D limit for the hydrogen evolution reaction

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  • Yongmin He
  • Pengyi Tang
  • Zhili Hu
  • Chao Zhu
  • Luqing Wang
  • Qingsheng Zeng
  • Prafful Golani
  • Guanhui Gao
  • Wei Fu
  • Zhiqi Huang
  • Caitian Gao
  • Juan Xia
  • Xingli Wang
  • Xuewen Wang
  • Chao Zhu
  • Quentin M. Ramasse
  • Ao Zhang
  • Boxing An
  • Yongzhe Zhang
  • Sara Martí-Sánchez
  • Joan Ramon Morante
  • Liang Wang
  • Beng Kang Tay
  • Boris I. Yakobson
  • Achim Trampert
  • Minghong Wu
  • Qi Jie Wang
  • Jordi Arbiol
  • Zheng Liu

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Original languageEnglish
Article number57
Journal / PublicationNature Communications
Volume11
Online published2 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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Abstract

Atom-thin transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) have emerged as fascinating materials and key structures for electrocatalysis. So far, their edges, dopant heteroatoms and defects have been intensively explored as active sites for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) to split water. However, grain boundaries (GBs), a key type of defects in TMDs, have been overlooked due to their low density and large structural variations. Here, we demonstrate the synthesis of wafer-size atom-thin TMD films with an ultra-high-density of GBs, up to ~1012 cm−2. We propose a climb and drive 0D/2D interaction to explain the underlying growth mechanism. The electrocatalytic activity of the nanograin film is comprehensively examined by micro-electrochemical measurements, showing an excellent hydrogen-evolution performance (onset potential: −25 mV and Tafel slope: 54 mV dec−1), thus indicating an intrinsically high activation of the TMD GBs.

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Engineering grain boundaries at the 2D limit for the hydrogen evolution reaction. / He, Yongmin; Tang, Pengyi; Hu, Zhili; He, Qiyuan; Zhu, Chao; Wang, Luqing; Zeng, Qingsheng; Golani, Prafful; Gao, Guanhui; Fu, Wei; Huang, Zhiqi; Gao, Caitian; Xia, Juan; Wang, Xingli; Wang, Xuewen; Zhu, Chao; Ramasse, Quentin M.; Zhang, Ao; An, Boxing; Zhang, Yongzhe; Martí-Sánchez, Sara; Morante, Joan Ramon; Wang, Liang; Tay, Beng Kang; Yakobson, Boris I.; Trampert, Achim; Zhang, Hua; Wu, Minghong; Wang, Qi Jie; Arbiol, Jordi; Liu, Zheng.

In: Nature Communications, Vol. 11, 57, 2020.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review

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