Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics

, Volume 29, Issue 22, pp 19336–19343 | Cite as

Microspheric flower-like Co4S3@Co foam synthesized by in situ sulfidization for electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution reaction

  • Li Zhang
  • Qingman Liang
  • Yang Huang
  • Hua Li
  • Minjie Zhou
  • Binhong He
  • Younian Liu
  • Haihua YangEmail author
  • Jianhui YanEmail author


Non-noble metal sulfide electrocatalysts have received increasing attentions for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). In this work, a facile one-step in situ sulfidization strategy was developed for the first time to construct microspheric flower-like Co4S3@Co foam with excellent HER activity. In comparison with the bare Co foam, the in situ growth of microspheric flower-like Co4S3 on Co foam substrate substantially improves the HER performance, leading to a lower overpotential of 143 mV at a current density of 10 mA cm−2, a smaller Tafel slope of 158 mV dec−1, as well as good stability in alkaline medium. The enhanced HER performance could be mainly attributed to the synergistic effects of the well-dispersed catalytic microspheric flower-like Co4S3 and the three-dimensional (3D) porous Co foam substrate. The microspheric flower-like Co4S3 is beneficial for increasing the active surface area to expose more active sites, and the intimate contact between Co4S3 and Co foam facilitates the electron transport, thus enhancing the catalytic activity.



This work was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51372080), the Natural Science Foundation of Hunan Provincial of China (Grant No. 2017JJ2108), and the Scientific Research Foundation of Hunan Provincial Education Department of China (Grant No. 15A076).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Li Zhang
    • 1
  • Qingman Liang
    • 1
  • Yang Huang
    • 1
  • Hua Li
    • 1
  • Minjie Zhou
    • 1
  • Binhong He
    • 1
  • Younian Liu
    • 2
  • Haihua Yang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jianhui Yan
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.School of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringHunan Institute of Science and TechnologyYueyangPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.College of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringCentral South UniversityChangshaPeople’s Republic of China

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