PUB-2017-MLS

Monolithic laser scribed graphene scaffolds with atomic layer deposited platinum for the hydrogen evolution reaction

​​Pranati Nayak,  Qiu Jiang,  Narendra Kurra,  Xianbin Wang,  Ulrich Buttnera  and  Husam N. Alshareef, "Monolithic laser scribed graphene scaffolds with atomic layer deposited platinum for the hydrogen evolution reaction"
​J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, 5, 20422​
​​Pranati Nayak, Qiu Jiang, Narendra Kurra, Xianbin Wang, Ulrich Buttnera and Husam N. Alshareef​
graphitic carbon scaffolds, atomic layer deposition, hydrogen evolution reaction
2017
Three-dimensional (3D) electrode architectures for conformal deposition and effective use of catalysts are an emerging area with significant interest in electrocatalytic applications. In this study, we report the fabrication of monolithic, self-standing, 3D graphitic carbon scaffolds with conformally deposited Pt by atomic layer deposition (ALD) as a hydrogen evolution reaction catalyst. Laser scribing is employed to transform polyimide into 3D porous graphitic carbon, which possesses good electronic conductivity and numerous edge plane sites. This laser scribed graphene (LSG) architecture makes it possible to fabricate a monolithic electrocatalyst support without any binders or conductive additives. The synergistic effect between the ALD of Pt and the 3D network of LSG provides an avenue for minimal yet effective usage of Pt leading to an enhanced HER activity. This strategy establishes a general approach for inexpensive and large scale HER device fabrication with minimum catalyst cost.