Journal article

Pomegranate-like N,P-Doped Mo2C@C Nanospheres as Highly Active Electrocatalysts for Alkaline Hydrogen Evolution

Yu-Yun Chen, Yun Zhang, Wen-Jie Jiang, Xing Zhang, Zhihui Dai, Li-Jun Wan, Jin-Song Hu

ACS NANO | AMER CHEMICAL SOC | Published : 2016

Abstract

Well-defined pomegranate-like N,P-doped Mo2C@C nanospheres were prepared by simply using phosphomolybdic acid (PMo12) to initiate the polymerization of polypyrrole (PPy) and as a single source for Mo and P to produce N,P-doped Mo2C nanocrystals. The existence of PMo12 at the molecular scale in the polymer network allows the formation of pomegranate-like Mo2C@C nanospheres with a porous carbon shell as peel and Mo2C nanocrystals well-dispersed in the N-doped carbon matrix as seeds. This nanostructure provides several favorable features for hydrogen evolution application: (1) the conductive carbon shell and matrix effectively prevent the aggregation of Mo2C nanocrystals and facilitate electron..

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Grants

Awarded by National Key Project on Basic Research


Awarded by National Natural Science Foundation of China


Awarded by Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences


Funding Acknowledgements

We acknowledge the financial support from the National Key Project on Basic Research (2015CB932302), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21573249 and 21475062), and the Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant No. XDB12020100).