A peculiar 3D graphene-based architecture, i.e., partial reduced-Graphene Oxide Aerogel Microspheres (prGOAM), having a dandelion-like morphology with divergent microchannels to implement innovative electrocatalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is investigated in this paper. prGOAM was used as a scaffold to incorporate exfoliated transition metals dichalcogenide (TMDC) nanosheets, and the final hybrid materials have been tested for HER and photo-enhanced HER. The aim was to create a hybrid material where electronic contacts among the two pristine materials are established in a 3D architecture, which might increase the final HER activity while maintaining accessible the TMDC catalytic sites. The adopted bottom-up approach, based on combining electrospraying with freeze-casting techniques, successfully provides a route to prepare TMDC/prGOAM hybrid systems where the dandelion-like morphology is retained. Interestingly, the microspherical morphology is also maintained in the tested electrode and after the electrocatalytic experiments, as demonstrated by scanning electron microscopy images. Comparing the HER activity of the TMDC/prGOAM hybrid systems with that of TMDC/partially reduced-Graphene Oxide (prGO) and TMDC/Vulcan was evidenced in the role of the divergent microchannels present in the 3D architecture. HER photoelectron catalytic (PEC) tests have been carried out and demonstrated an interesting increase in HER performance.

Hybrid transition metal dichalcogenide/graphene microspheres for hydrogen evolution reaction

Lunardon M.;Ran J.;Mosconi D.;Marega C.;Agnoli S.;Granozzi G.
2020

Abstract

A peculiar 3D graphene-based architecture, i.e., partial reduced-Graphene Oxide Aerogel Microspheres (prGOAM), having a dandelion-like morphology with divergent microchannels to implement innovative electrocatalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is investigated in this paper. prGOAM was used as a scaffold to incorporate exfoliated transition metals dichalcogenide (TMDC) nanosheets, and the final hybrid materials have been tested for HER and photo-enhanced HER. The aim was to create a hybrid material where electronic contacts among the two pristine materials are established in a 3D architecture, which might increase the final HER activity while maintaining accessible the TMDC catalytic sites. The adopted bottom-up approach, based on combining electrospraying with freeze-casting techniques, successfully provides a route to prepare TMDC/prGOAM hybrid systems where the dandelion-like morphology is retained. Interestingly, the microspherical morphology is also maintained in the tested electrode and after the electrocatalytic experiments, as demonstrated by scanning electron microscopy images. Comparing the HER activity of the TMDC/prGOAM hybrid systems with that of TMDC/partially reduced-Graphene Oxide (prGO) and TMDC/Vulcan was evidenced in the role of the divergent microchannels present in the 3D architecture. HER photoelectron catalytic (PEC) tests have been carried out and demonstrated an interesting increase in HER performance.
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