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Title: Highly active and stable nickel–molybdenum nitride (Ni 2 Mo 3 N) electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution
This paper reports a highly active and stable nonprecious metal electrocatalyst based on bimetallic nanoscale nickel molybdenum nitride developed for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). A composite of 7 nm Ni 2 Mo 3 N nanoparticles grown on nickel foam (Ni 2 Mo 3 N/NF) was prepared through a simple and economical synthetic method involving one-step annealing of Ni foam, MoCl 5 , and urea without a Ni precursor. The Ni 2 Mo 3 N/NF exhibits high activity with low overpotential ( η 10 of 21.3 mV and η 100 of 123.8 mV) and excellent stability for the HER, achieving one of the best performances among state-of-the-art transition metal nitride based catalysts in alkaline media. Supporting density functional theory (DFT) calculations indicate that N sites in Ni 2 Mo 3 N with a N–Mo coordination number of four have a hydrogen adsorption energy close to that of Pt and hence may be responsible for the enhanced HER performance.  more » « less
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Journal of Materials Chemistry A
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4945 to 4951
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National Science Foundation
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