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Title: Co-Mo-P Based Electrocatalyst for Superior Reactivity in the Alkaline Hydrogen Evolution Reaction

Abstract

Energy efficient hydrogen production via electrochemical and/or photoelectrochemical water splitting holds significant potential for clean and sustainable energy. Toward this end, a significant amount of research has been focused on developing active earth abundant metal catalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) for use in acidic and alkaline media. Here, we report an earth abundant metal‐based catalyst for HER under alkaline conditions. The catalyst consisting of Co, Mo and P had a similar HER activity as the precious metal platinum under the conditions used in the study. The Co−Mo−P catalyst is amorphous and was prepared by room temperature electrodeposition. The best Co−Mo−P catalyst exhibited an overpotential of ∼30–35 mV for HER at a geometrical current density of 10 mA cm−2 in an alkaline medium. An amorphous Co−Mo−P model was used to simulate the energetics of HER intermediates with density functional theory (DFT). The DFT study suggests that a Co−Mo center acts as the water‐dissociation site enhancing the alkaline medium HER.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [1];  [3];  [4]; ORCiD logo [1]
  1. Department of Chemistry, Temple University, Beury Hall Philadelphia PA 19122 USA; Center for the Computational Design of Functional Layered Materials (CCDM), Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122 USA
  2. Theoretical Sciences Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Jakkur 560 064 India; Chemistry and Physics of Materials Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Jakkur 560 064 India
  3. Center for the Computational Design of Functional Layered Materials (CCDM), Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122 USA; Department of Physics, Temple University Philadelphia, PA 19122 USA
  4. Theoretical Sciences Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Jakkur 560 064 India
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) (United States). Center for Complex Materials from First Principles (CCM); Temple Univ., Philadelphia, PA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
OSTI Identifier:
1566405
DOE Contract Number:  
SC0012575
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
ChemCatChem
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 10; Journal Issue: 21; Journal ID: ISSN 1867-3880
Publisher:
ChemPubSoc Europe
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
catalysis (heterogeneous), electrocatalysis, solar (photovoltaic), mechanical behavior, superconductivity, magnetism and spin physics, water, materials and chemistry by design, synthesis (novel materials)

Citation Formats

Thenuwara, Akila C., Dheer, Lakshay, Attanayake, Nuwan H., Yan, Qimin, Waghmare, Umesh V., and Strongin, Daniel R. Co-Mo-P Based Electrocatalyst for Superior Reactivity in the Alkaline Hydrogen Evolution Reaction. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1002/cctc.201801389.
Thenuwara, Akila C., Dheer, Lakshay, Attanayake, Nuwan H., Yan, Qimin, Waghmare, Umesh V., & Strongin, Daniel R. Co-Mo-P Based Electrocatalyst for Superior Reactivity in the Alkaline Hydrogen Evolution Reaction. United States. doi:10.1002/cctc.201801389.
Thenuwara, Akila C., Dheer, Lakshay, Attanayake, Nuwan H., Yan, Qimin, Waghmare, Umesh V., and Strongin, Daniel R. Thu . "Co-Mo-P Based Electrocatalyst for Superior Reactivity in the Alkaline Hydrogen Evolution Reaction". United States. doi:10.1002/cctc.201801389.
@article{osti_1566405,
title = {Co-Mo-P Based Electrocatalyst for Superior Reactivity in the Alkaline Hydrogen Evolution Reaction},
author = {Thenuwara, Akila C. and Dheer, Lakshay and Attanayake, Nuwan H. and Yan, Qimin and Waghmare, Umesh V. and Strongin, Daniel R.},
abstractNote = {Energy efficient hydrogen production via electrochemical and/or photoelectrochemical water splitting holds significant potential for clean and sustainable energy. Toward this end, a significant amount of research has been focused on developing active earth abundant metal catalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) for use in acidic and alkaline media. Here, we report an earth abundant metal‐based catalyst for HER under alkaline conditions. The catalyst consisting of Co, Mo and P had a similar HER activity as the precious metal platinum under the conditions used in the study. The Co−Mo−P catalyst is amorphous and was prepared by room temperature electrodeposition. The best Co−Mo−P catalyst exhibited an overpotential of ∼30–35 mV for HER at a geometrical current density of 10 mA cm−2 in an alkaline medium. An amorphous Co−Mo−P model was used to simulate the energetics of HER intermediates with density functional theory (DFT). The DFT study suggests that a Co−Mo center acts as the water‐dissociation site enhancing the alkaline medium HER.},
doi = {10.1002/cctc.201801389},
journal = {ChemCatChem},
issn = {1867-3880},
number = 21,
volume = 10,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {10}
}

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