Tailoring and enhancing electrocatalytic activity is of the utmost importance from the viewpoints of sustainable energy and sensing. MoS2 and graphene show great promise for the electrocatalysis of many reactions. Given that both graphene and MoS2 are highly anisotropic in nature, with edge planes that are several orders of magnitude more catalytically active than basal planes, a new hybrid material with maximized edge-plane density to provide efficient electron transfer, high catalytic activity, and conductive cores was engineered. The hybrid material consists of radial MoS2 nanosheets with a high density of edge planes and unsaturated active sulfur atoms as well as interspersed with conductive graphene nanoplatelets. This hybrid material exhibits excellent activity for the hydrogen evolution reaction and the detection of DNA nucleobases. Such a nanoengineered, nanostructured hybrid material may play a major role in future electrocatalytic devices. Rosy electrocatalysts: A hybrid material composed of MoS2 nanoroses and graphene nanoplatelets (see figure) provides a high density of exposed edge planes for improved electron-transfer properties and electrocatalytic activity. The hybrid was examined as an electrocatalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction and as a transducing material for detection of biomolecules.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Organic Chemistry