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Study on Nanostructured Molybdenum Carbide for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction

Wang, Anqi (2017) Study on Nanostructured Molybdenum Carbide for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Molybdenum carbide is one of candidates which can replace platinum for the application of hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). In previous studies, different synthesis methods were used to prepare multi-phases molybdenum carbide particles. However, these processes required high temperature annealing. In this thesis, the effect of microwave-assisted solvothermal (MWSV) reaction on the phase evolution of molybdenum carbide is studied. MWSV method is a combination of solvothermal reaction and microwave heating. The most advantage is vigorous agitation of molecules and internal heating, which can largely reduce reaction time. Highly crystalline Mo2C is obtained by annealing resultants of MWSV at low temperature. A change in precursor compositions during MWSV has a significant impact on the crystal structure of final products. HER test shows that MWSV grown Mo2C particles have an ability of proton reduction when low electric potential is applied.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
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TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee MemberNettleship, Iannettles@pitt.eduNETTLES
Committee MemberSaidi, Wissam Abdoalsaidi@pitt.eduALSAIDI
Thesis AdvisorLee, Jung-Kunjul37@pitt.eduJUL37
Date: 14 June 2017
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 27 March 2017
Approval Date: 14 June 2017
Submission Date: 27 March 2017
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 60
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Swanson School of Engineering > Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Degree: MSME - Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: MWSV, Molybdenum Carbide, HER
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2017 13:31
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2017 13:31


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