Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Electrolyzers Utilizing Non-precious Mo-based Hydrogen Evolution Catalysts

Jia Wei Desmond Ng, Thomas R. Hellstern, Jakob Kibsgaard, Allison C. Hinckley, Jesse D. Benck, Thomas F. Jaramillo

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Abstract

The development of low-cost hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) catalysts that can be readily integrated into electrolyzers is critical if H-2 from renewable electricity-powered electrolysis is to compete cost effectively with steam reforming. Herein, we report three distinct earth-abundant Mo-based catalysts, namely those based on MoSx, [Mo3S13](2-) nanoclusters, and sulfur-doped Mo phosphide (MoP|S), loaded onto carbon supports. The catalysts were synthesized through facile impregnation-sulfidization routes specifically designed for catalyst-device compatibility. Fundamental electrochemical studies demonstrate the excellent HER activity and stability of the Mo-sulfide based catalysts in an acidic environment, and the resulting polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolyzers that integrate these catalysts exhibit high efficiency and durability. This work is an important step towards the goal of replacing Pt with earth-abundant catalysts for the HER in commercial PEM electrolyzers.
Original languageEnglish
JournalChemSusChem (Print)
Volume8
Issue number20
Pages (from-to)3512-3519
Number of pages8
ISSN1864-5631
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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