Nanocomposite of MoS2 on ordered mesoporous carbon nanospheres: A highly active catalyst for electrochemical hydrogen evolution

Xiaojun Bian, Jie Zhu, Lei Liao, Micheál D. Scanlon, Peiyu Ge, Chang Ji, Hubert H. Girault, Baohong Liu
2012 Electrochemistry communications  
An efficient electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution has been developed based upon in situ reduction of MoS 2 on ordered mesoporous carbon nanospheres (MoS 2 /MCNs). The properties of MoS 2 /MCNs were characterised by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Polarisation curves and electrochemical impedance measurements were obtained for MoS 2 /MCNs modified glassy carbon electrodes. The MoS 2 /MCNs exhibit high catalytic activity for
more » ... drogen evolution with a low overpotential and a very high current density. A theory outlining the origins of the Tafel slope for a Volmer-Heyrovsky (rate determining step) mechanism of hydrogen evolution at MoS 2 catalytic edge sites is presented.
doi:10.1016/j.elecom.2012.06.009 fatcat:cb72id6fmvdo7lw4rrg2wgsbtq