Extending MoS2-based materials into the catalysis of non-acidic hydrogen evolution: challenges, progress, and perspectives

Hao Fei, Ruoqi Liu, Yunze Zhang, Hongsheng Wang, Miao Wang, Siyuan Wang, Meng Ni, Zhuangzhi Wu, Jian Wang

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Water splitting is regarded as among the most prospective methods of generating green hydrogen. Switching electrolytes of water electrolysis from acidic to non-acidic ones will enable the use of noble-metal-free electrocatalysts and mitigate material corrosion, thus lowering the capital cost of water electrolyzers and improving their operational stability. However, increasing electrolyte pH will degrade the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) activity because of the reduced concentration of H3O+ as reactants, making non-acidic HER sluggish. To accelerate HER, MoS2-based materials with the advantages of unique atomistic structure, low cost, and high abundance have been considered prospective electrocatalysts to substitute for Pt in acid. Great efforts are being spent on extending MoS2-based materials into the catalysis of non-acidic HER, and their further development requires clarification of the existing challenges and current progress. However, it has not yet been discussed for non-acidic HER on MoS2-based electrocatalysts. To mitigate the disparity, we systematically overview MoS2-based electrocatalysts for non-acidic HER, covering catalytic mechanisms, modulation strategies, materials development, current challenges, research progress, and perspectives. This review will contribute to the rational design of MoS2-based materials for high-performance HER in non-acidic conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number022103
JournalMaterials Futures
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2023


  • electrocatalyst
  • hydrogen evolution reaction
  • MoS
  • non-acidic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomaterials


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