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Nanocatalysts for Hydrogen Evolution Reactions


Hydrogen fuel is among the cleanest renewable resource and is the best alternative to fossil fuels for the future. Hydrogen can be best produced by means of electrolysis or photoelectrolysis of water among the various routes available for hydrogen production. So far, Pt has been recognized as the best electrode material for electrochemical hydrogen production. However, the cost of the catalyst, activity, and durability make Pt-catalyzed hydrogen production unsuitable at commercial scale. It has hence become imperative to explore low-cost, highly active and durable HER catalysts to replace platinum as a catalyst. This perspective provides key concepts and current status of the research on the properties of nanocatalysts that influence the hydrogen evolution reaction. Important structural features which control the surface chemistry i.e. facets, defects, dopants, nature of supports (graphene, CNTs, black phosphorous) role of heteroatoms, media and morphology are the key points of discussion in this perspective.

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The article was received on 14 Sep 2017, accepted on 29 Jan 2018 and first published on 29 Jan 2018

Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C7CP06316D
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, Accepted Manuscript
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    Nanocatalysts for Hydrogen Evolution Reactions

    K. Ojha, S. Saha, P. Dagar and A. Ganguli, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C7CP06316D

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