Electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution using amorphous tungsten phosphide nanoparticles

Joshua M. McEnaney, J. Chance Crompton, Juan F. Callejas, Eric J. Popczun, Carlos G. Read, Nathan S. Lewis, Raymond E. Schaak

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Amorphous tungsten phosphide (WP), which has been synthesized as colloidal nanoparticles with an average diameter of 3 nm, has been identified as a new electrocatalyst for the hydrogen-evolution reaction (HER) in acidic aqueous solutions. WP/Ti electrodes produced current densities of −10 mA cm−2 and −20 mA cm−2 at overpotentials of only −120 mV and −140 mV, respectively, in 0.50 M H2SO4(aq).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11026-11028
Number of pages3
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number75
StatePublished - Aug 21 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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