Tungsten carbide electrocatalysts prepared from metallic tungsten nanoparticles for efficient hydrogen evolution

Emin S., Altinkaya C. , Semerci A., Okuyucu H. , Yildiz A., Stefanov P.

Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, vol.236, pp.147-153, 2018 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 236
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2018.05.026
  • Title of Journal : Applied Catalysis B: Environmental
  • Page Numbers: pp.147-153


Pyrolysis of hexacarbonyl tungsten, W(CO)(6), in 1-octadecene has been used to prepare colloidal tungsten, W, nanoparticles (NPs). The obtained W NPs has been spin-coated on graphite (C) electrodes. Heat treatment of the W/C electrodes at elevated temperatures (>= 900 degrees C) allows the preparation of metallic W and tungsten carbide (W2C@WC) thin films. The obtained W2C@WC electrodes were used for hydrogen evolution studies (HER) in 0.5 M H2SO4. Cyclic voltammetry tests for 1000 cycles showed that W2C@WC exhibit long term stability without significant drop in current density. The overpotential defined at 10 mA/cm(2) is 310 mV vs. RHE giving an excellent catalytic activity for HER. Materials characterization has been achieved using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Here, EIS studies were used to access the charge-transfer resistance of tungsten carbide electrodes.