Highly Efficient Water Splitting Catalyst Composed of N,P-Doped Porous Carbon Decorated with Surface P-Enriched Ni2P Nanoparticles Academic Article uri icon


  • A non-noble-metal hybrid catalyst (Ni2P/NPC-P), composed of N,P-doped porous carbon decorated with surface P-enriched Ni2P nanoparticles, is developed to address the urgent challenges associated with mass production of clean hydrogen fuel. The synthesis features one-pot pyrolysis of inexpensive fluid catalytic cracking slurry, graphitic carbon nitride, and inorganic salts, followed by a feasible surface phosphidation process. As a non-noble metal catalyst, Ni2P/NPC-P demonstrates excellent performance in hydrogen evolution reaction in alkaline electrolytes with a low overpotential of 73 mV at a current density of 10 mA cm-210) and a small Tafel slope of 56 mV dec-1, meanwhile exhibits durability with no significant η10 change after 2000 catalytic cycles. Theoretical calculation reveals that the negatively charged P-enriched surface accelerated the rate-determining transformation and desorption of OH*. In overall water splitting, the electrocatalyst achieves a low η10 of 1.633 V, promising its potential in the cost-effective mass production of hydrogen fuel.

published proceedings

  • ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

author list (cited authors)

  • Yan, X., Che, S., Yang, F., Xu, Z., Liu, H., Li, C., ... Li, Y.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Yan, Xingru||Che, Sai||Yang, Fan||Xu, Zhusong||Liu, Hongchen||Li, Chenxuan||Yan, Lu||Ta, Na||Sun, Siyuan||Wei, Qiang||Fang, Lei||Li, Yongfeng

publication date

  • August 2021