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Issue 17, 2017
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Nitrogen-doped carbon encapsulating γ-MoC/Ni heterostructures for efficient oxygen evolution electrocatalysts

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Abstract

Developing efficient and earth-abundant oxygen evolution reaction (OER) electrocatalysts is of great importance in renewable energy research. Herein, we report nitrogen-doped carbon encapsulating γ-MoC/Ni heterostructures (γ-MoC/Ni@NC) for the first time as efficient OER electrocatalysts. The composites can be controlled by the addition of a Mo source to form a nanoparticle-assembled hierarchically porous nanostructure, which can enlarge the specific surface area, thus exposing more active sites. Moreover, we demonstrate that the formation of γ-MoC@Ni heterostructures and the resulting synergistic effect between γ-MoC and Ni can facilitate the reaction kinetics, leading to significantly improved OER activity with an onset overpotential of merely 240 mV, and a low overpotential of 310 mV to afford a current density of 10 mA cm−2. This work provides a new insight into the development of highly active and inexpensive OER electrocatalysts.

Graphical abstract: Nitrogen-doped carbon encapsulating γ-MoC/Ni heterostructures for efficient oxygen evolution electrocatalysts

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Submitted
12 Feb 2017
Accepted
13 Mar 2017
First published
21 Mar 2017

Nanoscale, 2017,9, 5583-5588
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Nitrogen-doped carbon encapsulating γ-MoC/Ni heterostructures for efficient oxygen evolution electrocatalysts

X. Zhang, L. Huang, Y. Han, M. Xu and S. Dong, Nanoscale, 2017, 9, 5583
DOI: 10.1039/C7NR01027C

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