Gold-decorated sulfur-doped carbon nanotubes as electrocatalyst in hydrogen evolution reaction
Gold Bulletin, 2020, acceptedHossein Tavakol, Mohammad Zhiani, Fereshteh Shareifyan-ghahfarokhi
In the present work, sulfur-doped carbon nanotubes (SCNTs) have been prepared using chemical vapor deposition method and various cobalt-containing catalysts. In this line, simple and silica-supported cobalt nanoparticles (Co and Co/SiO2) and 5 cobalt spinels (MCo2O4, M = Ni, Cu, Mn, Fe, Cr, and Mg) were used as the growth catalysts and four different temperatures (600, 650, 700, and 750 °C) were used to obtain the optimized condition for the preparation of SCNTs. Among the employed catalysts, Co/SiO2 at 600 °C showed the higher abilities for the preparation of desired SCNTs. All products were characterized using FESEM, EDS, XRD, Raman, static contact angle, TGA, and DTA analyzes. The electrochemical behaviors of the two best products (SCNTs-Co/SiO2 and SCNTs-Co) in hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) were examined, which confirmed the higher ability of SCNTs-Co/SiO2.