Mild-mannered catalyst: A novel procedure to load a MoS2 co-catalyst onto the surface of silicon under mild-conditions (room temperature, atmospheric pressure, aqueous solution) by a photo-assisted electrodeposition process employing commercially available precursors is reported. The obtained Si-NW@MoS2 photocathode showed similar catalytic activity for light-driven H2 generation compared with a Si-NW@Pt photocathode (see scheme).
P. D. Tran, Pramana, S. S., Kale, V. S., Nguyen, M., Chiam, S. Yang, Batabyal Sudip Kumar, Wong, L. H., Barber, J., and Loo, J., “Novel assembly of an MoS2 electrocatalyst onto a silicon nanowire array electrode to construct a photocathode composed of elements abundant on the earth for hydrogen generation”, Chemistry – A European Journal, vol. 18, pp. 13994–13999, 2012.