International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol.45, No.11, 6110-6119, 2020
Platinum-rhodium alloyed dendritic nanoassemblies: An all-pH efficient and stable electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution reaction
Hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is regarded as a feasible strategy for producing high purity hydrogen from abundant water. It is significant yet challenging for synthesis of Pt-based pH-universal HER electrocatalysts by substantially reducing the Pt loading without any decay in the activity. Herein, bimetallic PtRh alloyed dendritic nanoassemblies (DNAs) were efficiently prepared by a facile one-pot solvothermal strategy in oleylamine (OAm), coupling with the aid of glycine and cetyltrimethylammonium chloride (CTAC). By virtue of the unique branch-like structures and compositions advantages, the PtRh DNAs catalyst showed steeply enhanced HER activity with small overpotentials (i.e. 28 mV in 1.0 M KOH, 23 mV in 1.0 M phosphate buffer solution and 27 mV in 0.5 M H2SO4) at the current density of 10 mA cm(-2), surpassing those of commercial Pt/C under such conditions. This work provides a facile and rational strategy to construct advanced Pt based bimetallic electrocatalyst for energy-correlated applications. (C) 2019 Hydrogen Energy Publications LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.