Hexagonal CoSe2 nanosheets stabilized by nitrogen-doped reduced graphene oxide for efficient hydrogen evolution reaction

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  • Xiaojiao Fang, MIT Key Laboratory of Critical Materials Technology for New Energy Conversion and Storage, Harbin Institute of Technology
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  • Zegao Wang, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Sichuan University
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  • Shifei Kang
  • Liwei Zhao, Harbin Institute of Technology
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  • Zaixing Jiang, Harbin Institute of Technology
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  • Mingdong Dong

CoSe2 is considered as a promising candidate among non-noble metal electrocatalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) due to its intrinsic metallicity and low Gibbs free energy for hydrogen adsorption. Recently, the hexagonal CoSe2 becoming increasingly popular owing to its chemically favorable basal plane, which provides more active sites, but remains limited by the poor stability. In this study, we design a small-molecule-amine-assisted hydrothermal method to in situ anchor the hexagonal CoSe2 nanosheets (NSs) on nitrogen-doped reduced graphene oxides (RGO) as an advanced electrode material for HER. Due to the existence of abundant functional groups and high specific surface area of RGO, the hexagonal CoSe2 NSs could be stably formed on RGO. As a result, only a small overpotential of 172 mV is needed for the optimized sample to drive a current density of 10 mA cm−2 in 0.5 M H2SO4 and the Tafel slope is 35.2 mV dec−1, which is comparable with the state-of-the-art Pt catalyst (32.3 mV dec−1). Therefore, the facile and low-cost method for synthesizing hexagonal TMDs with robust electrical and chemical coupling developed in this work is promising in promoting the large-scale application of non-precious electrocatalysts.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Volume45
Issue3
Pages (from-to)1738-1747
Number of pages10
ISSN0360-3199
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Research areas

  • Electrical and chemical coupling, Hexagonal CoSe, Hydrogen evolution reaction, Nitrogen-doped graphene

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