Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 55, Issue 5, pp 2129–2138 | Cite as

Tuning the morphology and phase of MoSe2 by using a mixed solvent of water and dimethyl formamide and its enhanced electrocatalytic activity for hydrogen evolution reaction

  • Jinzhu WuEmail author
  • Beibei Li
  • Yanbin Shao
  • Xiaohong WuEmail author
  • Yanchun SunEmail author
Energy materials


Scarce active sites and poor electrical conductivity of molybdenum diselenide (MoSe2) impede its practical application as an electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). Addressing these problems, herein, tailoring suitable morphology and introducing metallic 1T phase for the original semiconductive 2H-MoSe2 are adopted. Eventually, the edge-rich 2H/1T-MoSe2 nanoflowers with enlarged interlay spacing were synthesized by using a solvothermal method, where a mixed solvent of water and dimethyl formamide plays a dominating role in regulating the growth of the MoSe2. The resulting MoSe2 electrocatalyst shows enhanced HER activity in 0.5 M H2SO4 in terms of a low overpotential of 250 mV (vs. RHE) at a high current density of 100 mA cm−2, an acceptable Tafel slope of 62 mV dec−1 and excellent stability after a 72-h HER process. This work provides an effective strategy in the development of the high-performance MoSe2-based electrocatalysts for the HER and other energy-related applications.



This research was funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51671074).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Materials Chemistry, School of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringHarbin Institute of TechnologyHarbinPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.The Academy of Fundamental and Interdisciplinary SciencesHarbin Institute of TechnologyHarbinPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences, Heilongjiang River Fishery Research InstituteHarbinPeople’s Republic of China

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