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Direct Observation of Ni–Mo Catalyst Formation via Thermal Reduction of Nickel Molybdate Nanorods

revised on 14.05.2020, 21:14 and posted on 15.05.2020, 10:38 by Rituja Patil, Stephen House, Aayush Mantri, Judith C. Yang, James McKone
Ni-Mo composites are known to catalyze several industrial relevant reactions involving hydrogen. Our interest is in Ni-Mo composites for hydrogen evolution reaction in alkaline anion exchange membrane water electrolyzers. We recently found that Ni-Mo composites comprise of core-shell structure where the core is metallic, rich in Ni while the shell is Mo-rich oxide. The transformation of the oxide intermediate into a core-shell architecture is studied in this work using in situ transmission electron microscopy. We reduced nickel molybdate nanorods in environmental transmission electron microscope and observed its transformation into the Ni-Mo catalyst composite. We further correlated these chemical transformations with the observed hydrogen evolution activity.


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