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Phosphorus-modified Pt@Cu surfaces for efficient electrocatalysis of hydrogen evolution

Tan, Yeshu; Liu, Longxiang; Zhang, Liquan; Zhao, Siyu; Brett, Dan JL; Shearing, Paul R; Bai, Ying; ... He, Guanjie; + view all (2022) Phosphorus-modified Pt@Cu surfaces for efficient electrocatalysis of hydrogen evolution. Materials Advances 10.1039/d2ma00772j. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Robust and efficient platinum (Pt)-based electrocatalysts are pursued for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). However, the performance of Pt-based HER electrocatalysts needs to be further improved in alkaline and neutral media due to the extra water dissociation step. Moreover, the fabrication process and long-term stability of current Pt-based HER electrocatalysts are unsatisfactory in mild media. Herein, a one-step facile process was developed to fabricate a phosphorus-modified Pt@Cu (Pt/P@Cu) electrocatalyst to realize the feasibility of high-performance HER in neutral media. The HER performance of Pt/P@Cu is further increased with the successful introduction of phosphorus. P exists as oxides on the Pt/P@Cu surface, which was demonstrated by XPS and Raman. The P doping leads to increased surface active sites, lower charge transfer resistance, and enhanced HER performance in neutral media. Pt/P@Cu presents a low overpotential of 24.3 mV at the current density of −10 mA cm−2, along with an excellent stability reaching −1000 mA cm−2 for 1000 cycles of LSV. The successful P doping on the catalyst surface inspires future study on developing simple surface modifications to increase the electrocatalytic activity to develop advanced electrocatalysts.

Type: Article
Title: Phosphorus-modified Pt@Cu surfaces for efficient electrocatalysis of hydrogen evolution
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1039/d2ma00772j
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1039/d2ma00772j
Language: English
Additional information: This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Chemistry
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Chemical Engineering
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10154255
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