Significantly Stabilizing Hydrogen Evolution Reaction Induced by Nb-Doping Pt/Co(OH)2 Nanosheets

Yakun Tian, Ming Wen*, Aijian Huang, Qingsheng Wu, Zhiguo Wang, Quanjing Zhu, Tao Zhou, Yongqing (Richard) Fu

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Abstract

High stability and efficiency of electrocatalysts are crucial for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) toward water splitting in an alkaline media. Herein, a novel nano-Pt/Nb-doped Co(OH)2 (Pt/NbCo(OH)2) nanosheet is designed and synthesized using water-bath treatment and solvothermal reduction approaches. With nano-Pt uniformly anchored onto NbCo(OH)2 nanosheet, the synthesized Pt/NbCo(OH)2 shows outstanding electrocatalytic performances for alkaline HER, achieving a high stability for at least 33 h, a high mass activity of 0.65 mA µg−1 Pt, and a good catalytic activity with a low overpotential of 112 mV at 10 mA cm−2. Both experimental and theoretical results prove that Nb-doping significantly optimizes the hydrogen adsorption free energy to accelerate the Heyrovsky step for HER, and boosts the adsorption of H2O, which further enhances the water activation. This study provides a new design methodology for the Nb-doped electrocatalysts in an alkaline HER field by facile and green way.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2207569
Number of pages11
JournalSmall
Volume19
Issue number20
Early online date24 Feb 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 May 2023

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