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Active Pore-Edge Engineering of Single-Layer Niobium Diselenide Porous Nanosheets Electrode for Hydrogen Evolution

State Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Materials and Technologies, Nanotechnology Research Center, School of Materials Science & Engineering, School of Physics, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, Guangdong, China
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Nanomaterials 2019, 9(5), 751;
Received: 6 March 2019 / Revised: 29 April 2019 / Accepted: 1 May 2019 / Published: 16 May 2019
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Two-dimensional transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) possess interesting catalytic properties for the electrochemical-assisted hydrogen-evolution reaction (HER). We used niobium diselenide (NbSe2) as a representative TMD, and prepared single-layer NbSe2 porous nanosheets (PNS) by a double-sonication liquid-phase exfoliation, with H2O2 as a pore-forming agent. The single-layer NbSe2 PNS were drop-cast on carbon foam (CF) to fabricate a three-dimensional robust NbSe2 PNS/CF electrode. The NbSe2 PNS/CF electrode exhibits a high current density of −50 mA cm−2 with an overpotential of 148 mV and a Tafel slope of 75.8 eV dec−1 for the HER process. Little deactivation is detected in continuous CV testing up to 20,000 cycles, which suggests that this novel NbSe2 PNS/CF is a promising catalytic electrode in the HER application. The porous structure of single-layer NbSe2 nanosheets can enhance the electrochemical performance compared with that of pore-free NbSe2 nanosheets. These findings illustrate that the single-layer NbSe2 PNS is a potential electrocatalytic material for HER. More importantly, the electrochemical performance of the NbSe2 PNS/CF expands the use of two-dimensional TMDs in electrocatalysis-related fields. View Full-Text
Keywords: TMDs; niobium diselenide; hydrogen evolution; electrocatalysis TMDs; niobium diselenide; hydrogen evolution; electrocatalysis

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Wang, J.; Liu, X.; Liu, Y.; Yang, G. Active Pore-Edge Engineering of Single-Layer Niobium Diselenide Porous Nanosheets Electrode for Hydrogen Evolution. Nanomaterials 2019, 9, 751.

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