Alloying platinum single atoms with nickel iron nanoalloys for high performance hydrogen evolution reaction

Muhammad Aurang Zeb Gul Sial, Muhammad Mateen*, Raheela Naz, Muhammad Abbas, Nadeem Abbas, Shamraiz Hussain Talib*, Muhammad Ramzan Saeed Ashraf Janjua, Mohammad Qamar*

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A single-atom catalyst is viewed as potential catalyst because it maintains high catalytic activity and reduces the quantity of precious metals. However, the sluggish alkaline water dissociation and deactivation during catalysis hindered their use for industrial-scale hydrogen production. In the study presented here, these challenges are addressed by creating a Pt single-atom alloy with NiFe on a carbon support that possesses an exceptionally high activity for hydrogen evolution reaction under alkaline media. A substantial decrease in water dissociation energy is achieved by combining the Pt single-atom alloy with the NiFe alloy. In addition, the alloy's metallic composition facilitates the transformation of H∗ into H2. Thus, the best Pt single-atom alloy with NiFe at carbon support catalyst considerably boosts HER catalytic activity, exhibiting a near-zero onset potential and a lower overpotential of 18 mV to achieve a current density of −10 mAcm−2 with a high mass activity of 18.11 A mg−1 at 100 mV.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)540-549
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2024

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  • Hydrogen evolution reaction
  • Metal support interaction
  • Single atoms alloy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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