Layered Nanocomposites of Polymer-Functionalized Reduced Graphene Oxide and Borocarbonitride with MoS2 and MoSe2 and Their Hydrogen Evolution Reaction Activity
journal contributionposted on 07.02.2020 by K. Pramoda, Swaraj Servottam, Manjodh Kaur, C. N. R. Rao
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Nanocomposites formed by poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA, shown as P)-functionalized reduced graphene oxide (RGO) and borocarbonitride (BC6N, shown as BCN for simplicity) sheets with layers of negatively charged MoS2 and MoSe2 have been synthesized by a solution process. The nanocomposites exhibit superior photocatalytic hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) activity compared to the individual components, with the value increasing with the MoS2/MoSe2 content. The highest photocatalytic HER activity obtained is 11230 μmol h–1 g–1 in the nanocomposite P.RGO-MoS2, with a P.RGO-MoS2 ratio of 1:5. The P.RGO-MoSe2 (1:5) and P.BCN-MoS2 (1:5) nanocomposites exhibit somewhat lower activities of 9540 and 8593 μmol h–1 g–1, respectively. Prompted by literature reports that carbon-rich BCNs are efficient HER electrocatalysts, we have examined the electrocatalytic HER activity of P.BCN-MoS2 (1:1, 1:5, and 1:7) nanocomposites. The electrocatalytic HER activity of P.BCN-MoS2 (1:5) is found to be extraordinary, with an onset potential of −50 mV (vs RHE), comparable to that of platinum.