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Inter-Electronic Interaction between Ni and Mo in Electrodeposited Ni–Mo–P on 3D Copper Foam Enables Hydrogen Evolution Reaction at Low Overpotential

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posted on 2022-10-31, 04:44 authored by Manisha Das, Zubair Bashir Khan, Ashmita Biswas, Ramendra Sundar Dey
Electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) via water electrolysis has been considered the most effective and sustainable route to produce clean hydrogen. Designing and structure optimization are the two important parameters to develop an affordable, easy to fabricate, and stable non-noble metal electrocatalyst for the production of hydrogen as a clean, sustainable, and green fuel. Herein, we have synthesized Ni–Mo–P on copper foam (Cuf) via a facile single-step electrodeposition method, which can show stratospheric efficiency toward HER with a Tafel slope of 67 mV dec–1 and a very low overpotential of only 53 mV at a current density of 20 mA cm–2. Cuf acts as a conducting substrate support and the existence of the inter-electronic effect between Ni and Mo results in substantial catalytic activity toward hydrogen generation. In addition to this, the catalyst shows long time stability of around 97.5 h with almost negligible degradation under the applied overpotential for HER in alkaline media. This work features the significance of structure design and construction of non-noble metal catalysts via a simple method for efficient hydrogen generation.