Encapsulating Iridium Nanoparticles Inside a 3D Cage-Like Organic Network as an Efficient and Durable Catalyst for the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction

Javeed Mahmood, Mohsin Ali Raza Anjum, Sun Hee Shin, Ishfaq Ahmad, Hyuk Jun Noh, Seok Jin Kim, Hu Young Jeong, Jae Sung Lee, Jong Beom Baek

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Abstract

Developing efficient and durable electrocatalysts is key to optimizing the electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), currently one of the cleanest and most sustainable routes for producing hydrogen. Here, a unique and efficient approach to fabricate and embed uniformly dispersed Ir nanoparticles in a 3D cage-like organic network (CON) structure is reported. These uniformly trapped Ir nanoparticles within the 3D CON (Ir@CON) effectively catalyze the HER process. The Ir@CON electrocatalyst exhibits high turnover frequencies of 0.66 and 0.20 H2 s−1 at 25 mV and small overpotentials of 13.6 and 13.5 mV while generating a current density of 10 mA cm−2 in 0.5 m H2SO4 and 1.0 m KOH aqueous solutions, respectively, as compared to commercial Pt/C (18 and 23 mV) and Ir/C (20.7 and 28.3 mV). More importantly, the catalyst shows superior stability in both acidic and alkaline media. These results highlight a potentially powerful approach for the design and synthesis of efficient and durable electrocatalysts for HER.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalADVANCED MATERIALS
Volume30
Issue number52
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 27 2018
Externally publishedYes

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