Hierarchical composite structure of few-layers MoS2 nanosheets supported by vertical graphene on carbon cloth for high-performance hydrogen evolution reaction

Zhenyu Zhang, Wenyue Li, Muk Fung Yuen, Tsz Wai Ng, Yongbing Tang, Chun Sing Lee, Xianfeng Chen, Wenjun Zhang

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Here we report a hierarchical composite structure composed of few-layers molybdenum disulfide nanosheets supported by vertical graphene on conductive carbon cloth (MDNS/VG/CC) for high-performance electrochemical hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). In the fabrication, 3D vertical graphene is first prepared on carbon cloth by a micro-wave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (MPCVD) and then few-layers MoS2 nanosheets are in-situ synthesized on the surface of the vertical graphene through a simple hydrothermal reaction. This integrated catalyst exhibits an excellent HER electrocatalytic activity including an onset potential of 50mV, an overpotential at 10mAcm-210) of 78mV, a Tafel slop of 53mVdec-1, and an excellent cycling stability in acid solution. The excellent catalytic performance can be ascribed to the abundant active edges provided by the vertical MoS2 nanosheets, as well as the effective electron transport route provided by the graphene arrays on the conductive substrate. Moreover, the vertical graphene offers robust anchor sites for MoS2 nanosheets and appropriate intervals for electrolyte infiltration. This not only benefits hydrogen convection and release but also avoids the damaging or restacking of catalyst in electrochemical processes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number989
Pages (from-to)196-204
Number of pages9
JournalNano Energy
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2015


  • Carbon cloth
  • Few-layers MoS nanosheets
  • Hydrogen evolution reaction
  • Vertical graphene

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