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Molybdenum Boride and Carbide Catalyze Hydrogen Evolution in both Acidic and Basic Solutions

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  • Heron Vrubel,

    1. Laboratory of Inorganic Synthesis and Catalysis, Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), ISIC-LSCI, BCH 3305, Lausanne 1015 (Switzerland) http://lsci.epfl.ch
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  • Prof. Dr. Xile Hu

    Corresponding author
    1. Laboratory of Inorganic Synthesis and Catalysis, Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), ISIC-LSCI, BCH 3305, Lausanne 1015 (Switzerland) http://lsci.epfl.ch
    • Laboratory of Inorganic Synthesis and Catalysis, Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), ISIC-LSCI, BCH 3305, Lausanne 1015 (Switzerland) http://lsci.epfl.ch
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  • This work is supported by a starting grant from the European Research Council under the European Community’s Seventh Framework Program (FP7 2007–2013)/ERC Grant agreement no 257096. We thank Daniel Merki and Kurt Schenk (EPFL) for experimental assistance.

Abstract

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Getting the hydrogen out: Molybdenum boride (MoB) and carbide (Mo2C) are excellent catalysts for electrochemical hydrogen evolution at both pH 0 and pH 14.

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