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Photoinduced loading of electron-rich Cu single atoms by moderate coordination for hydrogen evolution

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Single-atom catalysts offer maximal atom utilization efficiencies and high-electronegativity heteroatoms play a crucial role in coordinating reactive single metal atoms to prevent agglomeration. However, these strong coordination bonds withdraw electron density for coordinated metal atoms and consequently affect their catalytic activity. Herein we reveal the high loading (11.3 wt%) and stabilization of moderately coordinated Cu-P3 structure on black phosphorus support by a photochemical strategy with auxiliary hydrogen. Single-atom Cu sites with an exceptional electron-rich feature show the ��� GH * close to zero to favor catalysis. Neighboring Cu atoms work in synergy to lower the energy of key water adsorption and dissociation intermediates. The reported catalyst shows a low overpotential of only 41 mV at 10 mA cm���2 and Tafel slope of 53.4 mV dec���1 for the alkaline hydrogen evolution reaction, surpassing both isolated Cu single atoms and Cu nanoclusters. The promising materials design strategy sheds light on the design and fabrication of high-loading single metal atoms and the role of neighboring single atoms for enhanced reaction kinetics.

Publication Date


  • 2022

Citation


  • Fu, W., Wan, J., Zhang, H., Li, J., Chen, W., Li, Y., . . . Wang, Y. (2022). Photoinduced loading of electron-rich Cu single atoms by moderate coordination for hydrogen evolution. Nature Communications, 13(1). doi:10.1038/s41467-022-33275-z

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85138187838

Volume


  • 13

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


Abstract


  • Single-atom catalysts offer maximal atom utilization efficiencies and high-electronegativity heteroatoms play a crucial role in coordinating reactive single metal atoms to prevent agglomeration. However, these strong coordination bonds withdraw electron density for coordinated metal atoms and consequently affect their catalytic activity. Herein we reveal the high loading (11.3 wt%) and stabilization of moderately coordinated Cu-P3 structure on black phosphorus support by a photochemical strategy with auxiliary hydrogen. Single-atom Cu sites with an exceptional electron-rich feature show the ��� GH * close to zero to favor catalysis. Neighboring Cu atoms work in synergy to lower the energy of key water adsorption and dissociation intermediates. The reported catalyst shows a low overpotential of only 41 mV at 10 mA cm���2 and Tafel slope of 53.4 mV dec���1 for the alkaline hydrogen evolution reaction, surpassing both isolated Cu single atoms and Cu nanoclusters. The promising materials design strategy sheds light on the design and fabrication of high-loading single metal atoms and the role of neighboring single atoms for enhanced reaction kinetics.

Publication Date


  • 2022

Citation


  • Fu, W., Wan, J., Zhang, H., Li, J., Chen, W., Li, Y., . . . Wang, Y. (2022). Photoinduced loading of electron-rich Cu single atoms by moderate coordination for hydrogen evolution. Nature Communications, 13(1). doi:10.1038/s41467-022-33275-z

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85138187838

Volume


  • 13

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication