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Universal, In Situ Transformation of Bulky Compounds into Nanoscale Catalysts by High-Temperature Pulse

Universal, In Situ Transformation of Bulky Compounds into Nanoscale Catalysts by High-Temperature Pulse
Yiju Li, Boyang Liu, Liangbing Hu, Yudi Kuang, Aijiang Lu, Yonggang Yao, Feng Jiang, Jiaqi Dai, Yanbin Wang, Shaomao Xu, Valencia A. Danner, Glenn R. Pastel, Steven D. Lacey, Kun Kelvin Fu, Yanan Chen
The synthesis of nanoscale metal compound catalysts has attracted much research attention in the past decade. The challenges of preparation of the metal compound include the complexity of the synthesis process and difficulty of precise control of the reaction conditions. Herein, we report an in situ synthesis of nanoparticles via a high-temperature pulse method where the bulk material acts as the precursor. During the process of rapid heating and cooling, swift melting, anchoring, and recrystallization occur, resulting in the generation of high-purity nanoparticles. In our work, the cobalt boride (Co2B) nanoparticles with a diameter of 10–20 nm uniformly anchored on the reduced graphene oxide (rGO) nanosheets were successfully prepared using the high temperature pulse method. The as-prepared Co2B/rGO composite displayed remarkable electrocatalytic performance for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER). We also prepared molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) and cobalt oxide (Co3O4) nanoparticles, thereby demonstrating that the high-temperature pulse is a universal method to synthesize ultrafine metal compound nanoparticles.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b03019

DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b03019

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