Synthesis of MoX2 (X = Se or S) monolayers with high-concentration 1T′ phase on 4H/fcc-Au nanorods for hydrogen evolution

Zhengqing Liu, Xiao Zhang, Yue Gong, Qipeng Lu, Zhicheng Zhang, Hongfei Cheng, Qinglang Ma, Junze Chen, Meiting Zhao, Bo Chen, Ye Chen, Xue Jun Wu, Pengfei Yin, Lin Gu, Yaping Du, Hua Zhang

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Controlled synthesis of transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) monolayers with unusual crystal phases has attracted increasing attention due to their promising applications in electrocatalysis. However, the facile and large-scale preparation of TMD monolayers with high-concentration unusual crystal phase still remains a challenge. Herein, we report the synthesis of MoX2 (X = Se or S) monolayers with high-concentration semimetallic 1T′ phase by using the 4H/face-centered cubic (fcc)-Au nanorod as template to form the 4H/fcc-Au@MoX2 nanocomposite. The concentrations of 1T′ phase in the prepared MoSe2 and MoS2 monolayers are up to 86% and 81%, respectively. As a proof-of-concept application, the obtained Au@MoS2 nanocomposite is used for the electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in acid medium, exhibiting excellent performance with a low overpotential of 178 mV at the current density of 10 mA/cm2, a small Tafel slope of 43.3 mV/dec, and excellent HER stability. This work paves a way for direct synthesis of TMD monolayers with high-concentration of unusual crystal phase for the electrocatalytic application. [Figure not available: see fulltext.].

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1301-1305
Number of pages5
JournalNano Research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • 4H/fcc-Au nanorods
  • hydrogen evolution
  • MoS monolayers
  • semimetallic 1T′ phase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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