Nanostructured nickel phosphide as an electrocatalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction

Eric J. Popczun, James R. McKone, Carlos G. Read, Adam J. Biacchi, Alex M. Wiltrout, Nathan S. Lewis, Raymond E. Schaak

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Abstract

Nanoparticles of nickel phosphide (Ni2P) have been investigated for electrocatalytic activity and stability for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in acidic solutions, under which proton exchange membrane-based electrolysis is operational. The catalytically active Ni2P nanoparticles were hollow and faceted to expose a high density of the Ni 2P(001) surface, which has previously been predicted based on theory to be an active HER catalyst. The Ni2P nanoparticles had among the highest HER activity of any non-noble metal electrocatalyst reported to date, producing H2(g) with nearly quantitative faradaic yield, while also affording stability in aqueous acidic media.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9267-9270
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume135
Issue number25
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 26 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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    Popczun, E. J., McKone, J. R., Read, C. G., Biacchi, A. J., Wiltrout, A. M., Lewis, N. S., & Schaak, R. E. (2013). Nanostructured nickel phosphide as an electrocatalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 135(25), 9267-9270. https://doi.org/10.1021/ja403440e