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Layered Nanocomposites of Polymer-Functionalized Reduced Graphene Oxide and Borocarbonitride with MoS2 and MoSe2 and Their Hydrogen Evolution Reaction Activity

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posted on 07.02.2020 by K. Pramoda, Swaraj Servottam, Manjodh Kaur, C. N. R. Rao
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.