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

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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
Volume49
Issue number79
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 11 2013

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Electrocatalysts
Nitrides
Transition metals
Carbides
Hydrogen
Metals
Catalysts
Binding energy
Electrolysis
Greenhouse gases
Energy utilization
Water

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

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Recent developments in transition metal carbides and nitrides as hydrogen evolution electrocatalysts. / Chen, Wei Fu; Muckerman, James; Fujita, Etsuko.

In: Chemical Communications, Vol. 49, No. 79, 11.10.2013, p. 8896-8909.

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