NiSe2-anchored N, S-doped graphene/Ni foam as a free-standing bifunctional electrocatalyst for efficient water splitting

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  • Jinhao Zhou, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
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  • Zegao Wang, Sichuan University
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  • Dongxu Yang, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
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  • Fei Qi, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
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  • Xin Hao, North Laser Research Institute Co. Ltd.
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  • Wanli Zhang, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
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  • Yuanfu Chen, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Tibet University

It is still challenging to develop non-precious free-standing bifunctional electrocatalysts with high efficiency for hydrogen and oxygen evolution reactions. Herein, for the first time, we present a novel hybrid electrocatalyst synthesized via a facile hydrothermal reaction, which is constructed from ultrafine NiSe2 nanoparticles/nanosheets homogeneously anchored on 3D graphene/nickel foam (NiSe2/3DSNG/NF). This hybrid delivers superior catalytic performances for hydrogen/oxygen evolution reactions and overall water splitting: it shows an ultra-small Tafel slope of 28.56 mV dec-1 for hydrogen evolution in acid, and a small Tafel slope of 42.77 mV dec-1 for the oxygen evolution reaction; particularly, in a two-electrode setup for water splitting, it requires an ultra-small potential of 1.59 V to obtain 10 mA cm-2 with nearly 100% faradaic efficiencies for H2 and O2. This study presents a new approach of catalyst design and fabrication to achieve highly efficient and low-cost water electrolysis.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNanoscale
Volume12
Issue17
Pages (from-to)9866-9872
Number of pages7
ISSN2040-3364
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Publication statusPublished - May 2020

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