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Macroporous Inverse Opal-like MoxC with Incorporated Mo Vacancies for Significantly Enhanced Hydrogen Evolution

Macroporous Inverse Opal-like MoxC with Incorporated Mo Vacancies for Significantly Enhanced Hydrogen Evolution
Feng Li, Noejung Park, Seok-Jin Kim, Xianglong Zhao, Jong-Beom Baek, Ishfaq Ahmad, Javeed Mahmood, Gao-Feng Han, Sun-Min Jung, Mahmut Sait Okyay
The hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is one of the most important pathways for producing pure and clean hydrogen. Although platinum (Pt) is the most efficient HER electrocatalyst, its practical application is significantly hindered by high-cost and scarcity. In this work, an MoxC with incorporated Mo vacancies and macroporous inverse opal-like (IOL) structure (MoxC-IOL) was synthesized and studied as a low-cost efficient HER electrocatalyst. The macroporous IOL structure was controllably fabricated using a facile-hard template strategy. As a result of the combined benefits of the Mo vacancies and structural advantages, including appropriate hydrogen binding energy, large exposed surface, robust IOL structure and fast mass/charge transport, the synthesized MoxC-IOL exhibited significantly enhanced HER electrocatalytic performance with good stability, with performance comparable or superior to Pt wire in both acidic and alkaline solutions.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsnano.7b04205

DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.7b04205

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