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Crystals, Vol. 12, Pages 37: Boosting pH-Universal Hydrogen Evolution of FeP/CC by Anchoring Trace Platinum

Crystals doi: 10.3390/cryst12010037

Authors:
Chuancang Zhou
Feipeng Zhang
Hongyu Wu

To improve the electrocatalytic properties for hydrogen evolution reactions, strategies need to be adopted, such as increasing specific surface area and active site, as well as decreasing interface energy. Herein, we report the preparation of FeP on carbon cloth using a two-step process of hydrothermal and phosphating. Otherwise, to utilize the excellent catalytic performance of Pt and decrease consumption of Pt, the hyperdispersed Pt nanoparticles for the sake of modifying transition-metal phosphides film were designed and fabricated. Finally, 3D FeP-Pt/CC was successfully prepared by means of electro-deposition using three electrodes. The crystalline structure, surface morphology and elemental composition of the synthesized samples have been investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDS). The XRD results show that the as-prepared products are of orthorhombic FeP structure, and EDS results indicate that there exist Pt elements in 3D FeP-Pt/CC. The electrocatalytic performances were evaluated by, such as linear scan voltammetry, tafel plots and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy on electrochemical workstations. These results show that the FeP-Pt/CC exhibit a current density of 10 mA·cm−2 at an over-potential of 58 mV for HER in 0.5 M H2SO4, which is very close to the values of 20%Pt/C which was previously reported. FeP-Pt/CC has excellent durability.

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