Recent developments in transition metal carbides and nitrides as hydrogen evolution electrocatalysts

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

738 Citations (Scopus)


The production of hydrogen by the electrolysis of water, a sustainable and greenhouse-gas-free source, requires an efficient and abundant electrocatalyst that minimizes energy consumption. Interest in transition metal carbides and nitrides has been aroused by their promising properties that make them potential substitutes for Pt-group metals as catalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction. In this review, we discuss systematically the recent progress in the development of group IV-VI metal carbides and nitrides toward the hydrogen evolution reaction. Some strategies for designing such catalysts and improving their efficiency and reliability, including nanostructuring, optimizing hydrogen binding energy, interaction with the supporting material, and exploiting hybrid structures, are highlighted. We conclude with an outlook on the challenges in designing future HER electrocatalysts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8896-8909
Number of pages14
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number79
Publication statusPublished - Sep 10 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Recent developments in transition metal carbides and nitrides as hydrogen evolution electrocatalysts'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this