Flexible Honeycombed Nanoporous/Glassy Hybrid for Efficient Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Generation

Rui Li, Xiongjun Liu, Ruoyu Wu, Jing Wang, Zhibin Li, K. C. Chan, Hui Wang, Yuan Wu, Zhaoping Lu

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Hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in alkaline media urgently requires electrocatalysts concurrently possessing excellent activity, flexible free-standing capability, and low cost. A honeycombed nanoporous/glassy sandwich structure fabricated through dealloying metallic glass (MG) is reported. This free-standing hybrid shows outstanding HER performance with a very small overpotential of 37 mV at 10 mA cm−2 and a low Tafel slope of 30 mV dec−1 in alkaline media, outperforming commercial Pt/C. By alloying 3 at% Pt into the MG precursor, a honeycombed Pt75Ni25 solid solution nanoporous structure, with fertile active sites and large contact areas for efficient HER, is created on the dealloyed MG surface. Meanwhile, the surface compressive lattice-strain effect is also introduced by substituting the Pt lattice sites with the smaller Ni atoms, which can effectively reduce the hydrogen adsorption energy and thus improve the hydrogen evolution. Moreover, the outstanding stability and flexibility stemming from the ductile MG matrix also make the hybrid suitable for practical electrode application. This work not only offers a reliable strategy to develop cost-effective and flexible multicomponent catalysts with low Pt usage for efficient HER, but also sheds light on understanding the alloying effects of the catalytic process.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1904989
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number49
Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2019


  • electrocatalysis
  • hybrid nanostructures
  • hydrogen evolution reaction (HER)
  • metallic glasses
  • nanoporous metals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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