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Hydrogen evolution electrocatalysis with binary-nonmetal transition metal compounds

Authors Hu, Jue HKUST affiliated (currently or previously).
Zhang, Chengxu
Meng, Xiangyue HKUST affiliated (currently or previously).
Lin, He HKUST affiliated (currently or previously)
Hu, Chen HKUST affiliated (currently or previously)
Long, Xia HKUST affiliated (currently or previously)
Yang, Shihe View this author's profile
Issue Date 2017
Source Journal of Materials Chemistry A , v. 5, (13), 2017, p. 5995-6012
Summary The growing concern about global warming, environmental pollution and energy security has increased the demand for clean energy resources in place of fossil fuel. Cost-efficient generation of hydrogen from water splitting through electrocatalysis holds tremendous promise for clean energy. Central to electrocatalysis are efficient and robust electrocatalysts composed of earth-abundant elements, which are urgently needed for realizing low-cost and high-performance energy conversion devices. Transition metal compounds (TMCs) are a group of attractive noble-metal-free electrocatalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). The incorporation of foreign nonmetal atoms into TMCs is a way of controllable disorder engineering and modification of their electronic structure, and thus may realize the synergistic modulations of both activity and conductivity for efficient HER performance. In the last few years, the interest in binary-nonmetal TMCs as an efficient HER electrocatalyst has grown exponentially owing to their fascinating electronic structure and chemical properties. Here, we sum up the recent developments of binary-nonmetal TMCs in HER electrocatalysis from the viewpoint of their tunable physicochemical properties. In addition, we identify major challenges ahead in this area and refine viable strategies and future research directions that will effectively address the said challenges.
ISSN 2050-7488
Language English
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