NiMo@C3N5 heterostructures with multiple electronic transmission channels for highly efficient hydrogen evolution from alkaline electrolytes and seawater

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Original languageEnglish
Article number135379
Journal / PublicationChemical Engineering Journal
Online published22 Feb 2022
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2022


Designing highly efficient and stable electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), particularly in seawater, still remains a challenging task. Herein, the unique heterostructures composed of 1D NiMo cores and 2D C3N5 shells (NiMo@C3N5) are rationally designed and demonstrated as the robust HER catalysts in both alkaline electrolytes and natural seawater, where the carbon-based shell can effectively protect the catalyst core from seawater poisoning. Based on the experimental investigation and density functional theory calculation, multiple electronic transmission channels were found to establish at the interface between NiMo cores and C3N5 shells, thus providing efficiently optimized HER pathways to achieve minimized overpotential with a reduced energy barrier of the rate-determining step. More importantly, the NiMo@C3N5 hybrids exhibit stable HER performance with a high Faradaic efficiency of 94.8% in seawater, which is superior to that of commercial Pt/C. All these results can evidently highlight a feasible strategy to develop high-performance HER electrocatalysts via interface engineering.

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  • Core-shell hybrid, Electron redistribution, Heterostructure, Hydrogen evolution reaction, Seawater electrolysis

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