Tungsten carbide nanowalls as electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution reaction: New approach to durability issue

Young Jin Ko, Jung Min Cho, Inho Kim, Doo Seok Jeong, Kyeong Seok Lee, Jong Keuk Park, Young Joon Baik, Heon Jin Choi, Wook Seong Lee

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Abstract

We report a new approach to the durability issue in tungsten carbide electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), in a form radically differing from that of the conventional nanoparticle approach: the WC nanowalls, bottom-up grown by a plasma-assisted deposition on Si wafer. The pristine nanowall was highly crystalline and its surface was smooth in atomic scale, which enabled a superior durability in HER environment: no oxidation occurred at prolonged cycling (10,000 cycles) in the HER environment, even without additional functionalization or modification. The electrochemical activity, as presented by Tafel slope and turnover frequency (TOF), was as excellent as those of the best data in the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)684-691
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Catalysis B: Environmental
Volume203
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Apr 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Process Chemistry and Technology

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