• ASHOK K GANGULI

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    • Ternary alloy nanocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction

      SOUMEN SAHA SONALIKA VAIDYA KANDALAM V RAMANUJACHARY SAMUEL E LOFLAND ASHOK K GANGULI

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      Cu–Fe–Ni ternary alloys (size ∼55–80 nm) with varying compositions viz. CuFeNi (A1), CuFe2Ni (A2) and CuFeNi2 (A3) were successfully synthesized using microemulsion. It is to be noted that synthesis of nanocrystallineternary alloys with precise composition is a big challenge which can be overcome by choosing an appropriate microemulsion system. High electrocatalytic activity towards HER in alkaline medium was achieved by the formation of alloys of metals with low and high binding energies. A high value of current density (228 mA cm$^2$) at an overpotential of 545 mV was obtained for CuFeNi (A1), which is significantly high as compared to the previously reported Ni$_{59}$Cu$_{41}$ alloy catalyst.

    • Synthesis of Chevrel phase (Cu$_{1.8}$Mo$_6$S$_8$) in composite with molybdenum carbide for hydrogen evolution reactions

      KASINATH OJHA SHIVALI BANERJEE MANU SHARMA PREETI DAGAR ASHOK K GANGULI

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      Sustainable hydrogen generation from water electrolysis using renewable energy sources is the most promising pathway for future energy and hydrogen economy. Here, the Chevrel phase (Cu$_{1.8}$Mo$_6$S$_8$) was synthesized in composite with Mo$_2$C and good hydrogen evolution activity in acidic media has been demonstrated. Bundles of nanowires were formed in the templated synthesis route. The composites were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and elemental analysis. Detailed electrochemical analysis reveals that MCS-Cu50 compositeexhibits higher hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) activity with 71.4 mA cm$^{−2}$ current density at an overpotential of 400 mV. It requires 250 mV overpotential to produce 10 mA cm$^{−2}$ current density for HER.

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