Layered tungsten-based composites and their pseudocapacitive and electrocatalytic performance

Ola, Oluwafunmilola, Thummavichai, Kunyapat, Chen, Yu, Wang, Nannan, Niu, Qijian, Wang, Jiaao, Sun, Shibin and Zhu, Yanqiu (2022) Layered tungsten-based composites and their pseudocapacitive and electrocatalytic performance. Materials Chemistry Frontiers, 6 (6). pp. 737-747. ISSN 2052-1537

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With the rapid development of heterostructured electrocatalysts, the potential application of transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD)-based composites for electrocatalysis have attracted intense attraction owing to their unique optical, electronic, and mechanical properties. Herein, a facile solvothermal method to obtain heterostructured composites consisting of TMD (WS2) and graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) is reported. DFT calculation results demonstrates that the interface interaction between g-C3N4 and WS2 optimizes the electronic structure of composite materials and activates the active sites. The WS2–g-C3N4 composites with surface sulfur and nitrogen vacancies exhibit high specific capacitance of 1156 F g−1 and excellent cycling stability with no capacitance loss over 2000 charge–discharge cycles, demonstrating huge potential in applications for pseudocapacitive energy storage. In addition, WS2–g-C3N4 composites can attain excellent hydrogen production activity to reach a current density of 10 mA cm−2 at an overpotential of −0.170 V (vs. RHE) and Tafel slope of 59 mV dec−1. This work provides an effective way for the synthesis of heterostructured electrocatalysts with efficient activity for energy conversion and storage.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information:This work was supported by the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship, ECF-2018-376.
Subjects: F100 Chemistry
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2023 16:16
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2023 16:30

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