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Catalysts capable of improving the performance of oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and oxygen reduction reactions (ORR) are essential for the advancement of renewable energy technologies. Herein, Ag-decorated vertically aligned MoS2 nanoflakes are developed via magnetron co-sputtering and investigated as electrocatalyst towards OER and ORR. Due to the presence of silver, the catalyst shows more than 1.5 times an increase in the roughness-normalized rate of OER, featuring a very low Tafel slope (58.6 mv dec−1), thus suggesting that the catalyst surface favors the thermodynamics of hydroxyl radical (OH•) adsorption with the deprotonation steps being the rate-determining steps. The improved performance is attributed to the strong interactions between OOH intermediates and the Ag surface which reduces the activation energy. Rotating ring disk electrode (RRDE) analysis shows that the net disk currents …
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1 Mar 2021

Getachew Solomon, Mojtaba Gilzad Kohan, Mikhail Vagin, Federica Rigoni, Raffaello Mazzaro, Marta Maria Natile, Shujie You, Vittorio Morandi, Isabella Concina, Alberto Vomiero

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Volume: 81 Pages: 105664
Nano Energy