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RETRACTED ARTICLE: MOF-derived highly active Ni/Co/NC electrocatalyst and its application for hydrogen evolution reaction

Authors
  • Yang, Xiaobing1, 1, 2
  • Lin, Hao1, 1, 2
  • Hua, Weiping1, 1, 2
  • Yang, Juan3
  • 1 Wuyi University, Wuyishan, Fujian, 354300, China , Wuyishan (China)
  • 2 BETRC, Provincial Bamboo Engineering Technology Research Center of Fujian, Wuyishan, China , Wuyishan (China)
  • 3 Henan Polytechnic University, Jiaozuo, Henan, 454003, China , Jiaozuo (China)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Porous Materials
Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2019
Volume
26
Issue
6
Pages
1713–1720
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10934-019-00772-4
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

The development of electrocatalysts with excellent activity for clean and sustainable H2 has been considered as an efficient way to store energy and meet the increasing energy and environmental demands. In this paper, we used zeolitic imidazolate frameworks-67 (ZIF-67) as precursors to synthesize the highly active N-doped graphene loaded with Ni and Co nanoparticles (Ni/Co/NC) for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). The physical and electrochemical characterization of all synthesized samples were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectra, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and HER. The results show that the organic ligands of ZIF-67 were successfully transformed into N-doped graphene after high temperature treatment. Ni element was well dispersed in the supporting graphene and can make the graphene keeping the dodecahedral morphology with hollow structure. Co nanoparticles were encapsulated by a layer of graphene. Electrochemical tests show that Ni/Co/NC800 exhibits excellent performance for hydrogen generation: the onset overpotential is only 125 mV, the Tafel slope is 57.6 mV/dec. The excellent performance of Ni/Co/NC800 makes its being a promising candidate for energy storage and conversion applications.

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