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Hollow Chevrel-Phase NiMo3S4 for Hydrogen Evolution in Alkaline Electrolytes
Angewandte Chemie 55(49):15240-15245 Dec 2016

Jiang, Jun; Gao, Minrui; Sheng, Wenchao; Yan, Yushan

Electrochemical water splitting to generate molecular hydrogen requires catalysts that are cheap, active, and stable, particularly for alkaline electrolyzers, where the cathodic hydrogen evolution reaction is slower in base than in acid even on platinum. Herein, we describe the synthesis of new hollow Chevrel-phase NiMo3Sand its alkaline hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) performance: onset potential of −59 mV, Tafel slope of 98 mV per decade, and exchange current density of 3.9×10−2 mA cm−2. This Chevrel-phase chalcogenide also demonstrates outstanding long-term stability under harsh HER cycling conditions. Chevrel-phase nanomaterials show promise as efficient, low-cost catalysts for alkaline electrolyzers.

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