As a source of clean energy, a reliable hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) requires robust and highly efficient catalysts. Here, by combining chemical vapor transport and Li-intercalation, we have prepared a series of 1T′-phase ReS 2x Se 2(1-x) (x = 0-1) nanodots to achieve high-performance HER in acid medium. Among them, the 1T′-phase ReSSe nanodot exhibits the highest hydrogen evolution activity, with a Tafel slope of 50.1 mV dec -1 and a low overpotential of 84 mV at current density of 10 mA cm -2 . The excellent hydrogen evolution activity is attributed to the optimal hydrogen absorption energy of the active site induced by the asymmetric S vacancy in the highly asymmetric 1T′ crystal structure.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- General Chemistry
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry