Electrodeposition of nano-nickel in deep eutectic solvents for hydrogen evolution reaction in alkaline solution

Shujuan Wang, Xingli Zou, Yi Lu, Shuaichao Rao, Xueliang Xie, Zhongya Pang, Xionggang Lu, Qian Xu, Zhongfu Zhou

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The electrodeposition of nano-Ni films on a Cu substrate from NiCl2 precursors in choline chloride (ChCl)/urea or ethylene glycol (EG) based deep eutectic solvent (DES) was illustrated. Voltammetric study demonstrates that the electrodeposition of Ni(Ⅱ) in both ChCl/urea and ChCl/EG systems is a simple one-step reaction process, and the electrochemical process is a typical diffusion-controlled irreversible process. The obtained Ni films can be controlled to form nanostructures depending on the DES and the electrodeposition conditions. The nanostructured Ni films were investigated as electrodes for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in an alkaline medium. The enhanced catalytic activity toward the HER was confirmed, which is mainly attributed to the formation of needles morphology and the improved electrochemical surface area. The result reveals that the electrodeposition process may provide a promising strategy for the production of nano-Ni at low temperature for HER
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15673-15686
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number33
Early online date25 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 16 Aug 2018


  • Deep eutectic solvent
  • Electro-catalytic activity
  • Electrosynthesis
  • Hydrogen evolution reaction
  • Nano-Ni


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