Nanostructured molybdenum disulfide based catalysts for electrochemical hydrogen evolution reaction
Date of Issue2014
School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
Hydrogen related energy is expected to play a major role in the development of sustainable energy and protection of green environment. Electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is known as a successful and efficient method for hydrogen production with large scale. Efficient electrocatalysts, currently platinum (Pt), are necessary to this important electrochemical process. However, the scarce Pt resources with high cost limit its final large-scale proposition. Recent advances have revealed that nanostructured transition metal (VI) carbides and sulfides would be the promising non-precious alternatives to Pt for the electrochemical generation of hydrogen from water. The research work in this thesis was focused on the development of low-cost and efficient electrocatalytic materials for H2 production from electrocatalytic HER.