Enhanced electrocatalysis for hydrogen evolution reactions from WS 2 nanoribbons

Jian Lin, Zhiwei Peng, Gunuk Wang, Dante Zakhidov, Eduardo Larios, Miguel Jose Yacaman, James M. Tour

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A facile route is developed to boost the electrocatalytic activity of WS2 by chemically unzipping WS2 nanotubes to form WS 2 nanoribbons (NRs) with increased edge content. Analysis indicates that the hydrogen evolution reaction activity is strongly associated with the number of exposed active edge sites. The formation of WS2 NRs is an effective route for controlling the electrochemical properties of the 2D dichalcogenides, enabling their application in electrocatalysis.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1301875
JournalAdvanced Energy Materials
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jul 15
Externally publishedYes



  • electrocatalysis
  • hydrogen evolution reactions
  • nanoribbons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)

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Lin, J., Peng, Z., Wang, G., Zakhidov, D., Larios, E., Yacaman, M. J., & Tour, J. M. (2014). Enhanced electrocatalysis for hydrogen evolution reactions from WS 2 nanoribbons. Advanced Energy Materials, 4(10), [1301875]. https://doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201301875