P doped MoS <inf>2</inf> nanoplates embedded in nitrogen doped carbon nanofibers as an efficient catalyst for hydrogen evolution reaction

Publication Type:
Journal Article
Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2019, 547 pp. 291 - 298
Issue Date:
Filename Description Size
1-s2.0-S0021979719304187-main.pdfPublished Version2.56 MB
Adobe PDF
Full metadata record
© 2019 Elsevier Inc. Two-dimensional (2D) molybdenum sulfide (MoS 2 ) is considered as a promising catalyst for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), originated from its abundant hydrogen evolution active sites. However, the HER performance of MoS 2 is currently hindered by the limited exposed density of the active sites and low conductivity. Herein, we report a facile and scalable electrospinning technique to fabricate 2D MoS 2 nanoplates doped with phosphorus within one-dimensional nitrogen doped-carbon nanofibers (NCNFs-MoS 2 |P) as a highly efficient HER catalyst. The space-confined growth with the presence of NCNFs avoided the stacking and aggregation of the MoS 2 nanoplates, resulting in more exposed edge sites. The introduction of phosphorus atoms further activated the surface of MoS 2 and enhanced the electron transfer. The overpotential of NCNFs-MoS 2 |P reached 98 mV at 10 mA cm −2 , exhibiting excellent HER catalytic activity. Besides, almost no decay was observed after the stability test (5000 cycles or 20 h). The density functional calculations (DFT) elucidated that the incorporation of phosphorus atoms significantly improved the electrical conductivity and decreased the H adsorption energy barrier on MoS 2 , leading to a high catalytic performance of NCNFs-MoS 2 |P.
Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: