Enhancing the electrocatalytic water splitting efficiency for amorphous MoSx

Chang Lung Hsu, Yung Huang Chang, Tzu Yin Chen, Chien Chih Tseng, Kung Hwa Wei, Lain Jong Li*

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Amorphous molybdenum sulfide (MoSx) materials have been considered as cheap and promising catalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). In this contribution, we report that the amorphous MoSx catalysts prepared by the low temperature thermolysis of the (NH 4)2MoS4 precursors on carbon clothes (catalyst loading: 3.2 mg/cm2) exhibit a Tefal slope of 50.5 mV/dec and a high exchange current density of 1.5 × 10-3 mA/cm2 in 0.5 M H2SO4 solutions. Spectroscopic studies of the amorphous MoSx catalysts show that the increase of HER efficiency is positively correlated to the concentration of S22- species, providing strong evidence to support the argument that S 22- is an active species for electrocatalytic HER. Additionally, the method for preparing catalysts is simple, scalable and applicable for large-scale production.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4788-4793
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number10
StatePublished - Mar 26 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Electrocatalytic reaction
  • Hydrogen evolution reaction
  • Molybdenum disulfide
  • Niobium chloride

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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