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Title: Anchoring zero valence single atoms of nickel and iron on graphdiyne for hydrogen evolution
Authors: Xue, YR
Huang, BL 
Yi, YP
Guo, Y
Zuo, ZC
Li, YJ
Jia, ZY
Liu, HB
Li, YL
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Source: Nature communications, 13 Apr. 2018, v. 9, 1460 How to cite?
Journal: Nature communications 
Abstract: Electrocatalysis by atomic catalysts is a major focus of chemical and energy conversion effort. Although transition-metal-based bulk electrocatalysts for electrochemical application on energy conversion processes have been reported frequently, anchoring the stable transitionmetal atoms (e. g. nickel and iron) still remains a practical challenge. Here we report a strategy for fabrication of ACs comprising only isolated nickel/iron atoms anchored on graphdiyne. Our findings identify the very narrow size distributions of both nickel (1.23 angstrom) and iron (1.02 angstrom), typical sizes of single-atom nickel and iron. The precision of this method motivates us to develop a general approach in the field of single-atom transition-metal catalysis. Such atomic catalysts have high catalytic activity and stability for hydrogen evolution reactions.
EISSN: 2041-1723
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-03896-4
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The following publication Xue, Y., Huang, B., Yi, Y., Guo, Y., Zuo, Z., Li, Y., . . . Li, Y. (2018). Anchoring zero valence single atoms of nickel and iron on graphdiyne for hydrogen evolution. Nature Communications, 9(1), 1460 is available at
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