Hydrogen Evolution Reaction
This year’s Charles Hatchett Award recognises an excellent proof of concept study. The work looks at the electrocatalytic performance of 2D niobium disulphide, with additional niobium doping, in the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction. The results are exceptional, showing the contribution of niobium in enhancing the electrochemical performance of the catalyst.
The significance of this work is that there is an opportunity to develop new 2D metallic materials for catalysts in industrial water electrolysers, which are important sources of hydrogen for use in zero carbon energy applications.
The winning authors represent six countries and the paper was commended by the International Panel for its potential commercial and societal impacts. The Charles Hatchett Award is sponsored by CBMM, the premier supplier of niobium products and technology, and the selection process is based on technical excellence and originality. It also takes into account the societal, economic and environmental advantages of any proposed application of niobium.
The 2020 Charles Hatchett winners are Jieun Yang (USA), Abdul Rahman Mohmad (Malaysia), Yan Wang (USA), Raymond Fullon (USA), Xiuju Song (USA/China), Fang Zhao (USA), Ibrahim Bozkurt (USA), Mathias Augustin (UK), Elton J. G. Santos (UK), Hyeon Suk Shin (Republic of Korea), Wenjing Zhang (China), Damien Voiry (France), Hu Young Jeong (Republic of Korea) & Manish Chhowalla (UK), for their paper: