Metal-organic frameworks derived carbon-incorporated cobalt/dicobalt phosphide microspheres as Mott-Schottky electrocatalyst for efficient and stable hydrogen evolution reaction in wide-pH environment.

Author(s) Yu, H.; Li, J.; Gao, G.; Zhu, G.; Wang, X.; Lu, T.; Pan, L.
Journal J Colloid Interface Sci
Date Published 2020 Apr 01

Cobalt phosphides, as low cost and abundant non-noble materials for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), are always constrained by their inferior charge transfer and sluggish intrinsic electrocatalytic kinetics. In this work, carbon-incorporated Co/CoP microspheres (Co/CoP@C) as a novel Mott-Schottky catalyst were synthesized successfully via carbonization and gradual phosphorization of Co based metal-organic frameworks. The unique merits, including Mott-Schottky effect at the interface formed between metal Co and semiconductor CoP, the incorporated carbon-layer on the surface and the spherical structure endow Co/CoP@C with favorable electrical conductivity, preferable kinetics and long-term stability when it was evaluated as electrocatalyst for HER in wide-pH range. As a result, the Co/CoP@C with the optimized phosphorization degree delivers a benchmark current density of 10 mA cm at the low overpotential of 192 and 158 mV in acidic and alkaline electrolytes, respectively, with a remarkable stability (CV cycling for 3000 cycles and continuous electrolysis at the overpotential of 200 mV for 48 h). Therefore, the as-designed Co/CoP@C should be one of the most promising catalysts for HER application.

DOI 10.1016/j.jcis.2020.01.059
ISSN 1095-7103
Citation J Colloid Interface Sci. 2020;565:513522.

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