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Title: Outstanding hydrogen evolution reaction catalyzed by porous nickel diselenide electrocatalysts

Abstract

To relieve our strong reliance on fossil fuels and to reduce greenhouse effects, there is an ever-growing interest in using electrocatalytic water splitting to produce green, renewable, and environment-benign hydrogen fuel via the hydrogen evolution reaction. For commercially feasible water electrolysis, it is imperative to develop electrocatalysts that perform as efficiently as Pt but using only earth-abundant commercial materials. However, the highest performance current catalysts consist of nanostructures made by using complex methods. Here we report a porous nickel diselenide (NiSe2) catalyst that is superior for water electrolysis, exhibiting much better catalytic performance than most first-row transition metal dichalcogenide-based catalysts, well-studied MoS2, and WS2-based catalysts. Indeed NiSe2 performs comparably to the state-of-the-art Pt catalysts. We fabricate NiSe2 directly from commercial nickel foam by acetic acid-assisted surface roughness engineering. To understand the origin of the high performance, we use first-principles calculations to identify the active sites. This work demonstrates the commercial possibility of hydrogen production via water electrolysis using porous bulk NiSe2 catalysts.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [2];  [1];  [3];  [1]; ORCiD logo [3]; ORCiD logo [2];  [1]; ORCiD logo [1]
  1. Department of Physics and TcSUH; University of Houston; Houston; USA
  2. Materials and Process Simulation Center (139-74), and The Resnick Sustainability Institute; California Institute of Technology; Pasadena; USA
  3. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; University of Houston; Houston; USA
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory-National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
1492854
DOE Contract Number:  
SC0010831; AC02-05CH11231
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Energy & Environmental Science
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 10; Journal Issue: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 1754-5692
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Zhou, Haiqing, Yu, Fang, Liu, Yuanyue, Sun, Jingying, Zhu, Zhuan, He, Ran, Bao, Jiming, Goddard, William A., Chen, Shuo, and Ren, Zhifeng. Outstanding hydrogen evolution reaction catalyzed by porous nickel diselenide electrocatalysts. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1039/c7ee00802c.
Zhou, Haiqing, Yu, Fang, Liu, Yuanyue, Sun, Jingying, Zhu, Zhuan, He, Ran, Bao, Jiming, Goddard, William A., Chen, Shuo, & Ren, Zhifeng. Outstanding hydrogen evolution reaction catalyzed by porous nickel diselenide electrocatalysts. United States. doi:10.1039/c7ee00802c.
Zhou, Haiqing, Yu, Fang, Liu, Yuanyue, Sun, Jingying, Zhu, Zhuan, He, Ran, Bao, Jiming, Goddard, William A., Chen, Shuo, and Ren, Zhifeng. Sun . "Outstanding hydrogen evolution reaction catalyzed by porous nickel diselenide electrocatalysts". United States. doi:10.1039/c7ee00802c.
@article{osti_1492854,
title = {Outstanding hydrogen evolution reaction catalyzed by porous nickel diselenide electrocatalysts},
author = {Zhou, Haiqing and Yu, Fang and Liu, Yuanyue and Sun, Jingying and Zhu, Zhuan and He, Ran and Bao, Jiming and Goddard, William A. and Chen, Shuo and Ren, Zhifeng},
abstractNote = {To relieve our strong reliance on fossil fuels and to reduce greenhouse effects, there is an ever-growing interest in using electrocatalytic water splitting to produce green, renewable, and environment-benign hydrogen fuel via the hydrogen evolution reaction. For commercially feasible water electrolysis, it is imperative to develop electrocatalysts that perform as efficiently as Pt but using only earth-abundant commercial materials. However, the highest performance current catalysts consist of nanostructures made by using complex methods. Here we report a porous nickel diselenide (NiSe2) catalyst that is superior for water electrolysis, exhibiting much better catalytic performance than most first-row transition metal dichalcogenide-based catalysts, well-studied MoS2, and WS2-based catalysts. Indeed NiSe2 performs comparably to the state-of-the-art Pt catalysts. We fabricate NiSe2 directly from commercial nickel foam by acetic acid-assisted surface roughness engineering. To understand the origin of the high performance, we use first-principles calculations to identify the active sites. This work demonstrates the commercial possibility of hydrogen production via water electrolysis using porous bulk NiSe2 catalysts.},
doi = {10.1039/c7ee00802c},
journal = {Energy & Environmental Science},
issn = {1754-5692},
number = 6,
volume = 10,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {1}
}

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