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, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 375–380 | Cite as

Nickel cobalt phosphide with three-dimensional nanostructure as a highly efficient electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution reaction in both acidic and alkaline electrolytes

  • Bo Ma
  • Zhengchun Yang
  • Yantao ChenEmail author
  • Zhihao YuanEmail author
Research Article


Transition metal phosphides (TMPs) are promising candidates for noble metal free electrocatalysts in water splitting applications. In this work, we present the facile synthesis of nickel cobalt phosphide electrocatalyst with three-dimensional nanostructure (3D-NiCoP) on the nickel foam, via hydrothermal reaction and phosphorization. The as-prepared electrocatalyst exhibits an excellent activity for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in both acidic and alkaline electrolytes, with small overpotentials to drive 10 mA/cm2 (80 mV for 0.5 M H2SO4, 105 mV for 1 M KOH), small Tafel slopes (37 mV/dec for 0.5 M H2SO4, 79 mV/dec for 1 M KOH), and satisfying durability in long-term electrolysis. 3D-NiCoP also shows a superior HER activity compared to single metal phosphide, such as cobalt phosphide and nickel phosphide. The outstanding performance for HER suggests the great potential of 3D-NiCoP as a highly efficient electrocatalyst for water splitting technology.


nickel cobalt phosphide water splitting hydrogen evolution reaction electrocatalyst 


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This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 51702234).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tianjin Key Laboratory for Photoelectric Materials and Devices, School of Materials Science and EngineeringTianjin University of TechnologyTianjinChina
  2. 2.School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Tianjin Key Laboratory of Film Electronic & Communication DevicesTianjin University of TechnologyTianjinChina

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