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Electrocatalytic Properties for the Hydrogen Evolution of the Electrodeposited Ni–Mo/WC Composites


The catalytical activity for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) of the electrodeposited Ni–Mo/WC composites is examined in 1 M KOH solution. The structure, surface morphology and surface composition is investigated using the scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The electrocatalytic properties for the HER is evaluated based on the cathodic polarization, electrochemical impedance, cyclic voltammetry and chronopotentiometry methods. The obtained results prove the superior catalytic activity for the HER of Ni–Mo/WC composites to Ni–Mo alloy. The catalytic activity of Ni–Mo/WC electrodes is determined by the presence of WC nanoparticles and Mo content in the metallic matrix. The best electrocatalytic properties are identified for Ni–Mo/WC composite with the highest Mo content and the most oxidized surface among the studied coatings. The impedance results reveal that the observed improvement in the catalytic activity is the consequence of high real surface area and high intrinsic catalytic activity of the composite.

Funding source: Polish Ministry of Education and Science for the Faculty of Production Engineering of Wroclaw University of Economics and Business (Department of Inorganic Chemistry; No 501- 110-0310005000) and for the Faculty of Chemistry of Wrocław University of Science and Technology (Department of Advanced Material Technologies (K26W03D05); grant number 8211104160).
Related subjects: Production & Supply Chain
Countries: Poland

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