Tungsten-based porous thin-films for electrocatalytic hydrogen generation

Huilong Fei, Yang Yang, Xiujun Fan, Gunuk Wang, Gedeng Ruan, James M. Tour

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Developing inexpensive and efficient electrocatalysts without using precious metals for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is essential for the realization of economical clean energy production. Here we demonstrate a facile approach to access interconnected three-dimensional (3-D) porous tungsten-based (WS2 and WC) thin-films without using any templates. Benefiting from the 3-D open frameworks of these highly porous thin-films, there are enormous amounts of exposed active sites and efficient mass transport in favor of the HER. Both electrodes exhibit excellent catalytic activity towards HER with onset overpotentials of ∼100 mV for WS2 and ∼120 mV for WC, and similar Tafel slopes of ∼67 mV per decade. The long-term operation of these thin-film electrodes is confirmed by their electrochemical stability test. With the low loading mass (∼80 and ∼160 μg cm-2 for WS2 and WC, respectively), these porous thin-films are among the best tungsten-based HER electrocatalysts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5798-5804
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Mar 21

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)


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