Nanostructured nickel phosphide as an electrocatalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction

J Am Chem Soc. 2013 Jun 26;135(25):9267-70. doi: 10.1021/ja403440e. Epub 2013 Jun 13.


Nanoparticles of nickel phosphide (Ni2P) have been investigated for electrocatalytic activity and stability for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in acidic solutions, under which proton exchange membrane-based electrolysis is operational. The catalytically active Ni2P nanoparticles were hollow and faceted to expose a high density of the Ni2P(001) surface, which has previously been predicted based on theory to be an active HER catalyst. The Ni2P nanoparticles had among the highest HER activity of any non-noble metal electrocatalyst reported to date, producing H2(g) with nearly quantitative faradaic yield, while also affording stability in aqueous acidic media.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Catalysis
  • Electrochemical Techniques
  • Hydrogen / chemistry*
  • Models, Molecular
  • Nanostructures / chemistry*
  • Nickel / chemistry*
  • Particle Size
  • Phosphines / chemistry*
  • Surface Properties


  • Phosphines
  • Nickel
  • Hydrogen