Bis(aminothiolato)nickel nanosheet as a redox switch for conductivity and an electrocatalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction

Xinsen Sun, Kuo Hui Wu, Ryota Sakamoto, Tetsuro Kusamoto, Hiroaki Maeda, Xiaojuan Ni, Wei Jiang, Feng Liu, Sono Sasaki, Hiroyasu Masunaga, Hiroshi Nishihara

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Abstract

A π-conjugated coordination nanosheet comprising bis(aminothiolato)nickel (NiAT) moieties was synthesized by the reaction of Ni(acac)2 with 1,3,5-triaminobenzene-2,4,6-trithiol at liquid-liquid and gas-liquid interfaces. The sheet thickness could be controlled down to a single layer (0.6 nm). Selected area electron diffraction and grazing incidence X-ray diffraction analyses indicated the formation of a flat crystalline sheet with a kagome lattice stacked in a staggered alignment. NiAT was reversibly interconverted to a bis(iminothiolato)nickel (NiIT) nanosheet by the chemical 2H+-2e- reaction, which was accompanied by a drastic change in electrical conductivity from 3 × 10-6 to 1 × 10-1 S cm-1. This change in conductivity was explained by the difference in band structures between NiAT and NiIT. NiAT acted as an efficient electrocatalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction, showing strong acid durability and an onset overpotential of -0.15 V.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8078-8085
Number of pages8
JournalChemical Science
Volume8
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

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