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Nitrogen-Doped Porous Molybdenum Carbide and Phosphide Hybrids on a Carbon Matrix as Highly Effective Electrocatalysts for the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction 
Huang, Y; Ge, J; Hu, Jun; Zhang, J; Hao, J; Wei, Y 
The efficient evolution of hydrogen through electrocatalysis is considered a promising approach to the production of clean hydrogen fuel. Platinum (Pt)-based materials are regarded as the most active hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) catalysts. However, the low abundance and high cost of Pt hinders the large-scale application of these catalysts. Active, inexpensive, and earth-abundant electrocatalysts to replace Pt-based materials would be highly beneficial to the production of cost-effective hydrogen energy. Herein, a novel organoimido-derivatized heteropolyoxometalate, Mo4-CNP, is designed as a precursor for electrocatalysts of the HER. It is demonstrated that the carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus sources derived from the Mo4-CNP molecules lead to in situ confined carburization, phosphorization, and chemical doping on an atomic scale, thus forming nitrogen-doped porous molybdenum carbide and phosphide hybrids, which exhibit remarkable electrocatalytic activity for the HER. Such an organically functionalized polyoxometalate-assisted strategy described here provides a new perspective for the development of highly active non-noble metal electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution. 
electrocatalysts; hydrogen evolution; molybdenum carbides; molybdenum phosphides; polyoxometalates 
• Molybdenum
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