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Nano Research

Article Title

1T@2H-MoSe2 nanosheets directly arrayed on Ti plate: An efficient electrocatalytic electrode for hydrogen evolution reaction

Keywords

nanosheets, electrocatalyst, Ti plate, hydrogen evolution

Abstract

ABSTRACT Few-layered MoSe2 nanosheets with mixed 1T/2H phase were successfully arrayed on a Ti substrate (forming 1T@2H-MoSe2/Ti) through a facile one-step solvothermal process. After testing different synthesis conditions, it was found that the optimal process involves a temperature of 200 °C and a reaction time of 12 h. Structural characterizations reveal that the morphology of 1T@2H-MoSe2 consists of edgeterminated nanosheets with one to five layers, composed of a mixed 1T/2H phase dominated by the 1T one. The 1T@2H-MoSe2/Ti electrode shows excellent HER catalytic activity, with a small onset potential (−120 mV vs. reversible hydrogen electrode, RHE) and an electrode potential of only −133 mV (vs. RHE) to achieve a current density of 20 mA·cm−2. This excellent electrocatalytic activity is due to the synergistic effects of 1T metallic phase, few-layered nanosheet morphology, and direct growth of 1T@2H-MoSe2 on the Ti substrate. In addition, the 1T@2H-MoSe2/Ti electrode shows excellent stability towards long-term electrolysis. This is due to the long-term stability of the valence states of Mo and Se, as shown by post-electrolysis X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis.

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Publisher

Tsinghua University Press

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