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Effect of including the carbon nanotube and graphene oxide on the electrocatalytic behavior of the Ni–W alloy for the hydrogen evolution reaction

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The present work reports the electrocatalytic activities of the composite coatings of Ni–W developed using the carbon nanotube (CNT) and graphene oxide (GO). Ni–W–CNT and Ni–W–GO coatings were developed by exploiting the advantages of the composite electrodeposition technique. The effect of CNT and GO on the induced codeposition behavior of the reluctant metal W and the relationship with their electrocatalytic efficiency was studied. The electrocatalytic alkaline water splitting efficiency for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) of each of the electrode materials was tested by using cyclic voltammetry (CV) and chronopotentiometry (CP) techniques. Furthermore, the practical utility of each of the electrode materials was evaluated by measuring the amount of H2 gas evolved. The variation in electrocatalytic activity with composition, structure, and morphology of the coatings was examined systematically using XRD, SEM, and EDS analyses. The Ni–W–CNT and Ni–W–GO composite coatings yielded much better electrocatalytic activities for the HER than did the as-coated Ni–W alloy. The obtained results showed Ni–W–CNT composite coating as the best electrode material for alkaline HER, attributed by both increased W content and number of electroactive centres. Moreover, the number of electroactive centres was found to be affected by the homogeneous distribution of CNT in the alloy matrix.

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The article was received on 25 Jul 2017, accepted on 10 Oct 2017 and first published on 11 Oct 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7NJ02722B
Citation: New J. Chem., 2017,41, 13912-13917
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    Effect of including the carbon nanotube and graphene oxide on the electrocatalytic behavior of the Ni–W alloy for the hydrogen evolution reaction

    L. Elias and A. C. Hegde, New J. Chem., 2017, 41, 13912
    DOI: 10.1039/C7NJ02722B

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