Promotion of alkaline hydrogen production via Ni-doping of atomically precise Ag nanoclusters

Yongsung Jo, Minji Choi, Minseok Kim, Jong Suk Yoo, Woojun Choi, Dongil Lee

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Alloy catalysts are widely used in electrocatalytic hydrogen production because of the synergistic effect produced by constituent metals. However, an atomic-level understanding of the alloy effect remains elusive because of their polydispersity. In this study, we investigated the effects of an atomically precise Ag25 nanocluster catalyst doped with a single Ni atom in an alkaline electrolyte on the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). The synthesized NiAg24 nanoclusters exhibited significantly altered electronic structures and reduction potentials, leading to substantially reduced overpotentials and enhanced HER activity. Tafel analysis revealed that Ni doping drastically improved the sluggish Volmer step. Density functional theory studies further revealed that the hydrogen adsorption energy was substantially reduced upon Ni doping, which accounted for the enhanced HER activity observed for the NiAg24 nanoclusters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1672-1677
Number of pages6
JournalBulletin of the Korean Chemical Society
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2021


  • electron transfer mediator
  • hydrogen adsorption energy
  • hydrogen production
  • metal nanocluster
  • metal-doping


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