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dc.contributor.advisorHe, Jr-Hauen_US
dc.contributor.authorAlarawi, Abeer A.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-12-04T05:30:27Z
dc.date.available2018-12-04T05:30:27Z
dc.date.issued2018-12-02
dc.identifier.doi10.25781/KAUST-2ILCQ
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/630133
dc.description.abstractHydrogen is a carrier energy gas that can be utilized as a clean energy source instead of oil and natural gas. Splitting the water into hydrogen and oxygen is one of the most favorable methods to generate hydrogen. The catalytic properties of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) could be valuable in this role, particularly due to its unique structure and ability to be chemically modified, enabling its catalytic activity to be further enhanced or made comparable to that of Pt-based materials. In general, these modification strategies may involve either structural engineering of MoS2 or enhancing the kinetics of charge transfer, including by confining to single metal atoms and clusters or integrating with a conductive substrate. We present the results of synergetic integration of MoS2 films with a Si-heterojunction solar cell for generating H2 via the photochemical water splitting approach. The results of the photochemical measurements demonstrated an efficient photocurrent of 36. 3 mA cm-2 at 0 V vs. RHE and an onset potential of 0.56 V vs. RHE. In addition to 25 hours of continuous photon conversion to H2 generation, this study points out that the integration of the Si-HJ with MoS2 is an effective strategy for enhancing the internal conductivity of MoS2 towards efficient and stable hydrogen production. Moreover, we studied the effect of doping an atomic scale of Pt on the catalytic activity of MoS2. The electrochemical results indicated that the optimum single Pt atoms loading amount demonstrated a distinct enhancement in the hydrogen generating, in which the overpotential was minimized to -0.0505 V to reach a current density of 10 mA cm−2 using only 10 ALD cycles of Pt. The Tafel slopes of the ALD Pt/ML-MoS2 electrodes were in the range of 55–120 mV/decade, which indicates a fast improvement in the HER velocity as a result of the increased potential. Stability is another important parameter for evaluating a catalyst. The same (10 ALD cycles) Pt/ML-MoS2 electrode was able to continuously generate hydrogen molecules at for 150 hours. These superior results demonstrate that the low conductivity of semiconductive MoS2 can be enhanced by anchoring the film with Pt SAs and clusters, leading to sufficient charge transport and a decrease in the overpotential.en_US
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectMoS2en_US
dc.subjectHydrogen Evoluation Reacationen_US
dc.subjectSingle Atomen_US
dc.subjectElectrochemicalen_US
dc.subjectPhotoelectrochemicalen_US
dc.subjectWater Splittingen_US
dc.titleMolybdenum Disulfide as an Efficient Catalyst for Hydrogen Evolution Reactionen_US
dc.typeDissertationen
dc.contributor.departmentPhysical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Divisionen_US
thesis.degree.grantorKing Abdullah University of Science and Technologyen
dc.contributor.committeememberDi Fabrizio, Enzo M.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHan, Yuen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberJin, Songen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineMaterials Science and Engineeringen_US
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen
refterms.dateFOA2018-12-04T05:30:28Z


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