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Ag–Ni core–shell nanowires with superior electrocatalytic activity for alkaline hydrogen evolution reaction

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Abstract

One-dimensional Ag–Ni core–shell nanowires were successfully synthesized by a simple two-step method, in which Ni shells grow epitaxially at the surface of silver nanowires (Ag NWs) to form a unique core–shell structure. The thickness of Ni shells can be finely controlled from 50 to 150 nm by adjusting the initial Ni to Ag atomic ratios. The electrocatalytic performance of the Ag–Ni core–shell NWs can be adjusted by tuning their compositions, and the optimized Ag to Ni atomic ratio is 1 : 1. The Ag–Ni core–shell nanowires exhibit superior electrocatalytic activity to pure Ni nanoparticles and Ag NWs, showing a strong synergistic effect toward alkaline hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). A morphological effect was demonstrated by comparing with Ag–Ni core–shell nanoparticles. The enhanced HER activity of Ag–Ni core–shell NWs can be attributed to the synergetic effect between Ag and Ni, the larger number of surface active sites and the fast charge transport. This approach provides a reasonable attempt for designing and developing 1D electrocatalysts based on Ag nanowires.

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The article was received on 15 May 2017, accepted on 04 Jul 2017 and first published on 06 Jul 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7TA04220E
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, Advance Article
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    Ag–Ni core–shell nanowires with superior electrocatalytic activity for alkaline hydrogen evolution reaction

    C. Zhang, S. Liu, Z. Mao, X. Liang and B. Chen, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7TA04220E

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