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Bimetal–Organic Framework-Derived Porous Rodlike Cobalt/Nickel Nitride for All-pH Value Electrochemical Hydrogen Evolution

Author:
Feng, Xiaogeng, Wang, Haixu, Bo, Xiangjie, Guo, Liping
Source:
ACS applied materials & interfaces 2019 v.11 no.8 pp. 8018-8024
ISSN:
1944-8252
Subject:
catalysts, cobalt, cost effectiveness, electrochemistry, hydrogen production, nickel, nitrides, pH, porous media, renewable energy sources
Abstract:
Developing advanced hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) electrocatalysts is of great significance. Herein, we report porous rodlike cobalt–nickel bimetal nitrides (CoₓNiyN) as high-efficiency HER electrocatalysts in a wide pH range through nitridation from a bimetal–organic framework (MOF-74) precursor. Thanks to collaborative superiorities of high surface areas, abundant mesoporous structure, perfect metal element dispersion, and electron modulation effect, the as-prepared CoₓNiyN possess a superior catalytic ability toward HER at all pH values. In particular, the optimal Co₂Ni₁N requires overpotentials of 102.6 and 92.0 mV to afford a current density of 10 mA cm–² in alkaline and acidic solution, respectively. In addition, it also presents favorable activity in neutral media and excellent stability under different pH conditions. The present study not only offers a strategy for the design and synthesis of porous bimetal nitrides derived from binuclear MOF but also brings up new avenues for the development of cost-effective and competent all-pH HER catalysts for renewable energy systems.
Agid:
6315829