Multi-metallic Nanosheets for High-performance Hydrogen Evolution Reaction

Xuchao Pan,1,*Email

Zhikai Zheng,1

Xinlai Zhang,2

Xian He,2,*Email

Yashuai An,1

Yu Hao,1

Kai Huang2

Ming Lei2,*Email

1Ministerial Key Laboratory of ZNDY, Nanjing University of Science &Technology, Nanjing 210094, China

2State Key Laboratory of Information Photonics and Optical Communications, School of Science, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing 100876, China


Efficient and stable electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) are essential to build a new energy system based on clean energy by using electrolytic water for hydrogen production. As commercial Pt/C is limited in its application due to its cost and durability, the exploitation of high-performance, stable catalysts with high Pt utilization is crucial for the development of electrolytic water for hydrogen production industry. Herein, we report a simple and reliable grinding-heating strategy to successfully construct the multi-metallic component nanosheets (PtRuMn), which exhibit excellent activity and good stability under both acidic and basic environments. The as-prepared PtRuMn showed excellent HER performance with a low overpotential of 41 mV (1 M KOH) or 36 mV (0.5 M H2SO4) to reach the current density of 100 mA cm-2 and maintained approximately 95% of the initial current density after a 12 h chronoamperometry (CA) test. This work provides an effective method to improve the utilization of precious metals and to design and develop high-performance HER catalysts, which are important for the application of multiple types of electrolytic water devices at scale.

Multi-metallic Nanosheets for High-performance Hydrogen Evolution Reaction