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Two-Dimensional Material Molybdenum Disulfides as Electrocatalysts for Hydrogen Evolution

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Key Laboratory of Biomimetic Sensor and Detecting Technology of Anhui Province, School of Materials and Chemical Engineering, West Anhui University, Lu’an 237012, China
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, CAS Key Laboratory of Materials for Energy Conversion, Synergetic Innovation Center of Quantum Information and Quantum Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, China
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Catalysts 2017, 7(10), 285;
Received: 25 August 2017 / Revised: 11 September 2017 / Accepted: 19 September 2017 / Published: 25 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nanostructured Materials for Applications in Heterogeneous Catalysis)
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Recently, transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), represented by MoS2, have been proven to be a fascinating new class of electrocatalysts in hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). The rich chemical activities, combined with several strategies to regulate its morphologies and electronic properties, make MoS2 very attractive for understanding the fundamentals of electrocatalysis. In this review, recent developments in using MoS2 as electrocatalysts for the HER with high activity are presented. The effects of edges on HER activities of MoS2 are briefly discussed. Then we demonstrate strategies to further enhance the catalytic performance of MoS2 by improving its conductivity or engineering its structure. Finally, the key challenges to the industrial application of MoS2 in electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution are also pointed out. View Full-Text
Keywords: MoS2; active edge sites; electrical conductivity; electronic structure; hydrogen evolution reaction MoS2; active edge sites; electrical conductivity; electronic structure; hydrogen evolution reaction

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Yang, L.; Liu, P.; Li, J.; Xiang, B. Two-Dimensional Material Molybdenum Disulfides as Electrocatalysts for Hydrogen Evolution. Catalysts 2017, 7, 285.

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