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Designed synthesis of a hierarchical MoSe2@WSe2 hybrid nanostructure as a bifunctional electrocatalyst for total water-splitting

Raj, RK and Sarkar, B and Ram, R and Nanda, KK and Ravishankar, N (2022) Designed synthesis of a hierarchical MoSe2@WSe2 hybrid nanostructure as a bifunctional electrocatalyst for total water-splitting. In: Sustainable Energy and Fuels, 6 (7). pp. 1708-1718.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1039/d1se01843d


Layered metal dichalcogenides (LMDs) and their heterostructures with different morphologies are next generation materials for sensing, electronics, optoelectronics, topological insulators and devices, and catalytic applications. In recent years, LMDs with more exposed electrochemically active sites have been explored as cost-effective alternatives for the water-splitting reaction. However, morphology engineering and heterostructure synthesis of LMDs through low-cost and high-yield methods are still challenging. Herein, we present a simple and facile wet-chemical method to synthesize few-layered MoSe2 and WSe2 nanoflowers with a large number of exposed edges. Temperature-controlled reactions reveal the faster synthesis of MoSe2 as compared to WSe2. Exploiting the faster kinetics of the synthesis of MoSe2, we have synthesized a hierarchical heterostructure of MoSe2@WSe2 through a one-step synthesis method. The as-synthesized nanostructures were used for the water-splitting reaction that involves the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) at the cathode and the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) at the anode. The hierarchical nanostructure exhibits better electrocatalytic activity among the as-synthesized nanostructures. The hierarchical nanostructure requires an overpotential of 231 mV (HER) and 300 mV (OER) to achieve a current density of 10 mA cm�2. This study opens the door for wet-chemical synthesis of hierarchical heterostructures based on LMDs with enhanced properties. © 2022 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Sustainable Energy and Fuels
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to Royal Society of Chemistry
Keywords: Cost effectiveness; Cost engineering; Electrocatalysts; Electrodes; Nanostructures, Bifunctional electrocatalysts; Catalytic applications; Device application; Dichalcogenides; Hierarchical Nanostructures; Hybrid nanostructures; Hydrogen evolution reactions; Synthesised; Water splitting; Water splitting reactions, Selenium compounds
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Materials Research Centre
Date Deposited: 18 May 2022 06:46
Last Modified: 18 May 2022 06:46
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/71824

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