High Resolution Electrochemical Mapping of Hydrogen Evolution Reaction on Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Nanosheets

Journal: Angewandte Chemie International Edition

Published: 2019-11-28

DOI: 10.1002/anie.201912863

Affiliations: 11

Authors: 15

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Mapping the water-splitting power of catalysts

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The solar-powered production of carbon-free fuels could be made more efficient by using a high-resolution technique to map the activity of key electrocatalysts.

Electricity generated from renewable energy sources can be stored by using it to make hydrogen fuel through the electrochemical water splitting. Materials based on molybdenum disulphide are some of the most promising electrocatalysts for hydrogen production, and researchers are trying to maximize their performance.

Now, a team at Kanazawa University in Japan has analysed the performance of molybdenum disulphide nanosheets as electrocatalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction.

Using a microscopy technique that high-resolution, the team compared the catalytic activity of different parts of the nanosheet, such as the edge and the flat surface, with nanoscale resolution.

Engineering molybdenum disulphide nanosheets to incorporate more of the identified areas of high catalytic activity could enhance the performance of hydrogen production catalysts, the researchers say.

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  1. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 59, 3601–3608 (2020). doi: 10.1002/anie.201912863
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Kanazawa University (KU), Japan 0.30
Tohoku University, Japan 0.30
Tokyo Metropolitan University (TMU), Japan 0.13
Johns Hopkins University (JHU), United States of America (USA) 0.10
University of Tsukuba, Japan 0.07
Kochi University of Technology, Japan 0.07
Imperial College London (ICL), United Kingdom (UK) 0.03
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Japan 0