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Effect of TiO2 on Electrocatalytic Behavior of Ni-Mo Alloy Coating for Hydrogen Energy


Ni-Mo-TiO2 composite coating has been developed through electrodeposition method by depositing titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles parallel to the process of Ni-Mo alloy coating. The experimental results explaining the increased electrocatalytic activity of Ni-Mo alloy coating on incorporation of TiO2 nanoparticles into its alloy matrix is reported here. The effect of addition of TiO2 on composition, morphology and phase structure of TiO2 – composite coating is studied with special emphasis on its electrocatalytic activity for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in 1.0 M KOH solution. The electrocatalytic activity of alloy coatings were validated using cyclic voltammetry (CV) and chronopotentiometry (CP) techniques. Under optimal condition, TiO2 – composite alloy coating represented as (Ni-Mo-TiO2)2.0 A dm 2 is found to exhibit the highest electrocatalytic activity for HER compared to its binary alloy counterpart. The increased electrocatalytic activity of (Ni-Mo-TiO2)2.0 A dm 2 composite coating was attributed to the increased Mo content, porosity and roughness of coating, affected due to addition of TiO2 nanoparticles, supported by SEM, EDX, XRD and AFM study. The increased electrocatalytic activity of (Ni-Mo-TiO2)2.0 A dm 2 coating was found due to decreased Rct and increased Cdl values, demonstrated by EIS study. Better electrocatalytic activity of (Ni-Mo-TiO2)2.0 A dm 2 coating, compared to (Ni-Mo)2.0 A dm 2 coating has been explained through mechanism. Experimental study revealed that (Ni-Mo-TiO2)2.0 A dm 2 composite coating follows Volmer-Heyrovsky mechanism, compared to Tafel mechanism in case of (Ni-Mo-TiO2)2.0 A dm 2 coating, assessed on the basis of Tafel slopes.

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Countries: India

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