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MoS2 nanosheet integrated electrodes with engineered 1T-2H phases and defects for efficient hydrogen production in practical ...

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Applied Catalysis B
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Low electrical conductivity and poor accessibility of MoS2 reaction sites raise great challenges in maximizing the triple-phase-boundary (TPB) sites of MoS2-based electrodes and minimizing ohmic losses for efficient hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in practical proton exchange membrane (PEM) water electrolysis. Herein, we report a scalable hydrothermal approach to fabricate ionomer-free integrated electrodes with engineered 1 T-2 H heterophase and defect-rich MoS2 nanosheets (MoS2NSs) in-situ grown onto the carbon fiber paper (CFP). With an ultralow loading of 0.14 mg/cm2, a small voltage of 2.25 V was obtained at 2000 mA/cm2 in a practical cell with Nafion115 membrane, which outperforms all previously reported high-loading non-precious catalyst-based electrodes. Impressively, it shows 44 times higher mass activity than a high-loading and ionomer-mixed MoS2 assemblies electrode. This work builds a bridge from catalyst optimization to electrode fabrication and provides a promising direction for improving intrinsic catalytic activity, electrode conductivity and stability for practical PEM water electrolysis.