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Electrochemical hydrogen production on a metal-free polymer

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The exploration for true electrocatalytic reactions at organic conducting polymer electrodes, including chemisorption of a reactant and desorption of a product, is receiving renewed interest due to the profound implications it could have on low-cost large area electrochemical energy technology. Here, we finalize the debate about the ability of an organic electrode, more specifically poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT), to be an electrocatalyst for hydrogen production. This paper proves and covers fundamental studies of the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) on PEDOT films. Both theory based on DFT (Density Functional Theory) and experimental studies using electrochemical techniques and operando mass spectrometry suggest a Volmer–Heyrovsky mechanism for the actual HER on PEDOT. It is shown that PEDOT reaches an exchange current density comparable to that of metals (i.e. Cu, Ni, and Au) and in addition does not form passivating oxide layers or suffer from chemical corrosion in acidic media. Finally, an electrolyzer stack using the organic polymer electrode demonstrates HER performance in real applications.

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The article was received on 20 Aug 2019, accepted on 15 Oct 2019 and first published on 21 Oct 2019


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C9SE00687G
Sustainable Energy Fuels, 2019, Advance Article

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    Electrochemical hydrogen production on a metal-free polymer

    R. Valiollahi, M. Vagin, V. Gueskine, A. Singh, S. A. Grigoriev, A. S. Pushkarev, I. V. Pushkareva, M. Fahlman, X. Liu, Z. Khan, M. Berggren, I. Zozoulenko and X. Crispin, Sustainable Energy Fuels, 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C9SE00687G

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