Nano-MOF-5 (Zn) Derived Porous Carbon as Support Electrocatalyst for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction

Ravi Nivetha, Kannan Gothandapani, Vimala Raghavan, Quyet Van Le, Sudhagar Pitchaimuthu, Muthumareeswaran Muthuramamoorty, Saravanan Pandiaraj, Abdullah Alodhayb, Soon Kwan Jeong, Nirmala Grace Andrews*

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The design of an efficient electrocatalyst with controlled morphology and structural characteristics remain a challenging task for advanced electrochemical hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). Herein a simple method is utilized to improve the HER activity by introducing Fe/Pt bimetallic nanoparticles supported on highly porous carbon (PC) viz. one step carbonization of Nano-MOF-5(Zn) as precursor (metal organic framework). The as prepared Nano MOF-5(Zn), Fe/Pt−PC and PC derived from MOF were characterized by various techniques like X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Raman spectroscopy, BET (nitrogen adsorption/desorption isotherms) and Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). The developed Fe−Pt/PC exhibits an optimal HER performance with low overpotential (85.4 mV) and a Tafel slope of 42.4 mV dec−1. The electrochemical results show that the developed material provides a viable approach for developing inexpensive Pt-based catalyst for HER.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4342-4349
Number of pages8
Issue number20
Early online date15 Aug 2021
Publication statusPublished - 19 Oct 2021


  • Fe/Pt/PC
  • Hydrogen evolution reaction
  • Metal Organic Framework
  • Nano-MOF-5(Zn)
  • Porous Carbon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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