Atomic Arrangement in Metal-Doped NiS2 Boosts the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction in Alkaline Media

Jie Yin, Jing Jin, Hong Zhang, Min Lu, Yong Peng, Bolong Huang (Corresponding Author), Pinxian Xi, Chun Hua Yan

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We report a novel modulation strategy by introducing transition metals into NiS2 nanosheets (NSs) to flexibly optimize the electronic configurations and atomic arrangement. The Co-NiS2 NSs exhibit excellent hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) performance with an overpotential of 80 mV at j=10 mA cm−2 and long-term stability of 90 h in alkaline media. The turnover frequencies (TOFs) of 0.55 and 4.1 s−1 at an overpotential of 100 and 200 mV also confirm their remarkable performance. DFT calculations reveal that the surface dopants abnormally sensitize surface Ni-3d bands in the long-range order towards higher electron-transfer activity, acting as the electron-depletion center. Meanwhile, the high lying surface S-sites possess substantially high selectivity for splitting the adsorbing H2O that guarantee the high HER performance within alkaline conditions. This work opens opportunities for enhancing water splitting by atomic-arrangement-assisted electronic modulation via a facile doping strategy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18676-18682
Number of pages7
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number51
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2019


  • atomic rearrangement
  • cobalt
  • electron configuration
  • hydrogen evolution reaction (HER)
  • nanosheets

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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