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Facile synthesis of ultrafine Ru nanocrystal supported N-doped graphene as an exceptional hydrogen evolution electrocatalyst in both alkaline and acidic media

Barman, Barun Kumar and Das, Debanjan and Nanda, Karuna Kar (2017) Facile synthesis of ultrafine Ru nanocrystal supported N-doped graphene as an exceptional hydrogen evolution electrocatalyst in both alkaline and acidic media. In: SUSTAINABLE ENERGY & FUELS, 1 (5). pp. 1028-1033.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c7se00153c

Abstract

Since hydrogen is a clean and renewable energy source, the design of efficient and new catalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) has attracted significant attention. Ultrafine (similar to 2 nm) monodispersed Ru nanocrystals on N-doped graphene (Ru@NG) show Pt-like catalytic activity towards HER in both alkaline and acidic media with zero onset potential and better current density as compared to Pt/C. The HER performance strongly depends on the nanosize effect of Ru nanocrystals and their dispersion on NG. Transfer of electrons from Ru to carbon results in an electron-deficient metal centre and greatly enhances the HER activity. This new 4-d transition metal electrocatalyst has the potential to serve as an alternative to the Pt benchmark catalyst, which is more costly than Ru.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY, THOMAS GRAHAM HOUSE, SCIENCE PARK, MILTON RD, CAMBRIDGE CB4 0WF, CAMBS, ENGLAND
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Materials Research Centre
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Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2018 15:06
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2018 15:06
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/58898

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