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Electrochemically chopped WS2 quantum dots as an efficient and stable electrocatalyst for water reduction

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Abstract

Advancements in the search for efficient H2 evolving electrocatalysts by engineering the structure and electronic properties of bulk materials at the nano regime have had a constructive impact on realizing better performance with ultralow catalyst loading. In this work, we investigate the electrochemical hydrogen evolution catalysis of WS2 quantum dots (QDs) synthesized electrochemically. WS2 QDs were evaluated for a hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in 0.5 M H2SO4 as a binder-less electrocatalyst, which necessitated a low HER onset of 190 mV and reached −200 mA cm−2 at 473 mV. In contrast, the bulk WS2 exhibited a poor performance, which required 780 mV to drive −50 mA cm−2. The electrochemical disintegration of bulk WS2 into QDs is the key behind such activation.

Graphical abstract: Electrochemically chopped WS2 quantum dots as an efficient and stable electrocatalyst for water reduction

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The article was received on 19 Oct 2018, accepted on 21 Nov 2018 and first published on 22 Nov 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8CY02168F
Citation: Catal. Sci. Technol., 2019, Advance Article
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    Electrochemically chopped WS2 quantum dots as an efficient and stable electrocatalyst for water reduction

    S. Anantharaj, M. O. Valappil, K. Karthick, V. K. Pillai, S. Alwarappan and S. Kundu, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C8CY02168F

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