A molecular-based design approach for the development of metal chalcoxide functional materials

McAllister, James R. (2020) A molecular-based design approach for the development of metal chalcoxide functional materials. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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The properties of transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDC) bulk materials is a widely investigated topic in material science. Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) is often considered the archetypal example of the TMDC family and a potentially viable and cost-effective alternative to platinum for electrochemical and photochemical generation of hydrogen from water. Current research endeavours have focused on tailoring materials with high catalytic activity to improve the efficiency of these functional materials, yet, the precise molecular structures and modes of action involved in the catalysis of these materials remain elusive. In addition, preparing a crystalline phase with large catalytically active edge dimensions is extremely challenging. Most importantly, the fine tuning of 2D nanoparticulate materials in attempts to optimise the physical and chemical interactions between the catalytic phase (e.g. hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) catalyst) and the substrate (in this case H+ cations) is neither facile nor easily designed due to constraints imposed by the structure. On the other hand, appropriate molecular species fit this bill extremely well since they have well-defined structures and it is possible to employ design principles for generating species containing modular and catalytically active site.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Hydrogen Evolution Reaction, catalysis, polyoxometalates, polyoxothiometalates, chalcoxides.
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Colleges/Schools: College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Supervisor's Name: Moiras, Dr. Haralampos
Date of Award: 2020
Embargo Date: 27 July 2025
Depositing User: Dr James McAllister
Unique ID: glathesis:2020-81539
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2020 13:13
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2020 13:13
URI: https://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/81539
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