High-Index Faceted Ni3S2 Nanosheet Arrays as Highly Active and Ultrastable Electrocatalysts for Water Splitting

Liang Liang Feng, Guangtao Yu, Yuanyuan Wu, Guo Dong Li, Hui Li, Yuanhui Sun, Tewodros Asefa, Wei Chen, Xiaoxin Zou

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Elaborate design of highly active and stable catalysts from Earth-abundant elements has great potential to produce materials that can replace the noble-metal-based catalysts commonly used in a range of useful (electro)chemical processes. Here we report, for the first time, a synthetic method that leads to in situ growth of {2¯10} high-index faceted Ni3S2 nanosheet arrays on nickel foam (NF). We show that the resulting material, denoted Ni3S2/NF, can serve as a highly active, binder-free, bifunctional electrocatalyst for both the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). Ni3S2/NF is found to give ∼100% Faradaic yield toward both HER and OER and to show remarkable catalytic stability (for >200 h). Experimental results and theoretical calculations indicate that Ni3S2/NF's excellent catalytic activity is mainly due to the synergistic catalytic effects produced in it by its nanosheet arrays and exposed {2¯10} high-index facets.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14023-14026
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number44
Publication statusPublished - Nov 11 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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