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Recent advances in heterogeneous electrocatalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction

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Abstract

The hydrogen evolution reaction plays a decisive role in a range of electrochemical and photoelectrochemical devices. It requires efficient and robust electrocatalysts to lower the reaction overpotential and minimize energy consumption. Over the last decade, we have witnessed a rapid rise in new electrocatalysts, particularly those based on non-precious metals. Some of them approach the activity of precious metal benchmarks. Here, we present a comprehensive overview of the recent developments of heterogeneous electrocatalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction. Detailed discussion is organized from precious metals to non-precious metal compounds including alloys, chalcogenides, carbides, nitrides, borides and phosphides, and finally to metal-free materials. Emphasis is placed on the challenges facing these electrocatalysts and solutions for further improving their performance. We conclude with a perspective on the development of future HER electrocatalysts.

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The article was received on 23 Apr 2015, accepted on 01 Jun 2015 and first published on 01 Jun 2015


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5TA02974K
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J. Mater. Chem. A, 2015,3, 14942-14962

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    Recent advances in heterogeneous electrocatalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction

    M. Zeng and Y. Li, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2015, 3, 14942
    DOI: 10.1039/C5TA02974K

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