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    Manipulation of Electronic Structure in Boron Nitride Nanosheets to Improve Catalytic and Photocatalytic Properties

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Hemmati, Amir (Author) ; Simchi, Abdolreza (Supervisor)
    The variety of 2D materials and their wide range of properties, as well as numerous methods to manipulate them, have made this class of materials among prominent candidates for the future of the energy industry. Among the means available to tailor nanomaterials performance for such applications, introducing dopants and the creation of heteroatom-doped structures are of great interest. In this study, mixtures of urea, boric acid, and graphene oxide, as cheap and available precursors, were used to synthesize C-doped h-BN nanosheets. After the implementation of TGA/DSC to select a suitable calcination temperature of 950 C°, the samples were successfully synthesized with relatively precise... 

    Comprehensive Study of an Ag@Pt Core–shell Nanoparticles Supported on Carbon Structure in a Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell

    , Ph.D. Dissertation Sharif University of Technology Esfandiari, Ali (Author) ; Kazemeini, Mohammad (Supervisor) ; Bastani, Dariush (Supervisor)
    Core-shell structures of Ag@Pt nanoparticles (NPs) dispersed on Carbon Vulcan XC-72, Multiwalled carbon nanotube and reduced graphene oxide (rGO) support containing different Ag:Pt mass ratios and applied to the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in a proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) were synthesized by the ultrasonic and reduction treatment method. The morphology of as-prepared catalysts characterized by the high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and induced coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES). The ORR activities and stabilities of catalysts were studied through electrochemical measurements utilizing the Cyclic Voltammetry... 

    Design and Fabrication of Advanced Electrode Materials Based on Metal-organic Frameworks and Double Layered Hydroxides Using Hollow Copper Hydroxide Nanotubes Scaffold; Application to Nonenzymatic Glucose Sensor

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Khaki Sanati, Elnaz (Author) ; Shahrokhian, Saeed (Supervisor)
    One of the remarkable subject in advanced electrochemistry is, design and architecting new advanced materials with new electrochemical capabilities. One of the notable capabilities is electrocatalysis. Extensive researches are carrying out into the design and preparation of electrocatalyst materials to take advantage of these materials in fabrication of electrochemical sensors and storage/conversion devices. In this field nonoporous materials attracted a lot of attentions due to their unique features. In order to make use of the nanoporous materials as the electrocatalysts, these materials must be fabricated into continuous supported thin films on the electrode surface, which is the... 

    Design and Fabrication Nanocomposite Modified Electrode Materials Based on Transition Metal Phosphide Using Copper Hydroxide Nanotubes as a Catalytic Substrate for Glucose Sensing in Non-Enzymatic Sensors

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Kazemi Abatari, Zeynab (Author) ; Shahrokhian, Saeed (Supervisor)
    In this study, transition metal phosphide, with a high accessible surface and abundant electroactive centers, was used as an electrocatalyst to fabrication an electrochemical sensor of Gloucose. The direct growth of thin film of nanocomposite can be considered as an efficient method to modify the electrode surface, and the application of these modified electrodes as electrochemical sensors. nanocomposite of transition metal phosphide (CuCoP) were directly grown on Cu(OH)2 nanotubes (as-prepared on GCE) in order to design hierarchical core-shell nanostructure with using efficient, inexpensive and fast method. Here, Cu(OH)2 nanotubes not only served as substrate, but also steer the CuCoP to... 

    Synthesis of Earth-Abundant Transition-Metal Based Nanocomposites as Bifunctional Electrocatalysts for the Overall Water Splitting

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Hajiloeyan Morafeh, Mojtaba (Author) ; Taherinia, Davoud (Supervisor)
    Sustainable and renewable energy sources are of fundamental importance in the development of strategic and sustainable economies. Therefore, in recent decades, water electrolysis has been widely used to produce pure hydrogen and oxygen without emitting carbon materials and is considered as a method for producing electrical energy alongside other renewable sources (such as wind and solar energy). Here, we report the synthesis of CoFe double-layered hydroxides (CoFe-LDHs) and their application as electrocatalysts for water splitting in alkaline environments. CoFe-LDHs were prepared via a new hydrothermal route from the metal-organic framework MIL-88A (MOF). The Co to Fe ratio in LDHs was... 

    Electrodeposition of Platinum Nanowires

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Hashemi Darian, Sahar (Author) ; Dolati, Abolghasem (Supervisor) ; Ghorbani, Mohammad (Supervisor)
    Platinum nanowires were prepared by electrodeposition in polycarbonate membrane, with different average diameter of nanowires about 15, 50 and 100 nm and the height about 6 µm. Kinetics of electrodeposition process were studied by electrochemical techniques such as voltammetry and chronoamperometry methods. Diffusion coefficient was then calculated from the electrochemical parameters and consequently the density of primer nuclei was extracted. The morphology of Pt nanowires was characterized by SEM, TEM and EDX. The results show that growing Nanowires on the surface of template is branch-like. The electro-oxidation of methanol and hydrogen on this electrode is investigated at room... 

    Electrochemical Hydrogen Generation Using Metal Organic Frameworks Derived Catalysts

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Koohdareh, Amir Reza (Author) ; Gholami, Mohamad Reza (Supervisor)
    In recent years, the widespread investigation on multi-transition metal oxides that with two or more transition metal oxides, have been increased rapidly for electrochemical application due to low cost, high conductivity and good electrochemical performance other than single metal oxides. In this project, CuCo2O4 nanoparticles were firstly fabricated by decomposing of CuCo-MOF as the template. The as prepared samples were used to synthesis a new nanocomposite of MoS2 and CuCo2O4. The best ratio of the two component were optimized to prepare the best electrocatalyst for Hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). The structure of prepared nanocomposite were investigated by various techniques such as... 

    Enhancement of Water Splitting Efficiency of TiO2 Nanotube Arrays by Nanostructured Cobalt Oxide Electrocatalyst

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Qarechalloo, Shervin (Author) ; Naseri, Naimeh (Supervisor)
    The 21st century is facing two major obstacles on the way of accessing clean and renewable energies: first, the rapidly increasing need to the energy resources; and second, the limitations - as well as side-effects - of the conventional fossil fuels. Meanwhile, the production of the solar hydrogen, through water splitting, has been proposed as a promising solution to find a clean and effective source of energy. This process occurs in photo-electro-chemical systems with the activation energy that lies within the range of visible light. One approach that herewith comes to mind, is to start the process by utilizing semiconductors to absorb the sunlight. In order to overcome the overpotential... 

    The Morphological Effects of Surface Modified Mos2 Nanosheets and Mos2 Qd/G-C3n4 Heterostructure Prepared by Chemical Methods in Hydrogen Evolution Reaction (Her)

    , Ph.D. Dissertation Sharif University of Technology Shaker, Tayebeh (Author) ; Moshfegh, Alireza (Supervisor) ; Naseri, Naeimeh (Co-Supervisor)
    The sustainable development in societies and the global energy challenge requires usage of clean energy systems that have attracted the attention of many researchers in recent decades. One of the major challenges in generating renewable resources is the problem of energy storage and imbalance between supply and demand cycles. Hydrogen as one of the clean energy carriers and due to having the highest energy density in terms of weight, is one of the important research topics. From this point of view, the preparation of electrocatalysts for hydrogen production, based on available materials, via simple and environmentally friendly production methods, was considered in this research.... 

    The Use of Non-platinum Electro-catalyst for Low Temperature Fuel Cells

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Hamzehie, Mohammad Ehsan (Author) ; Samiee, Leila (Supervisor) ; Seifkordi, Ali Akbar (Co-Advisor)
    In the recent decades, Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells (PEFC) have been known as an appropriate type of fuel cells, due to being electrochemical converter and clean energy generator with high power density and having low operation temperature and launch time. Palatine is one of the major materials that are used in electro-catalysts of fuel cell. Due to shortage of palatine resources and its high price, fuel cell production is not economical. To achieve economic conditions for production of fuel cell, two major methods are proposed:
    1) Reduction of the employed amount of palatine in electro-catalyst
    2) Full replacement of palatine with cheap materials
    In the current... 

    Investigation of Electrocatalytic Activity of Metal-based Nanocomposites in the Reaction of Carbon Dioxide Reduction

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Hatami, Homayoun (Author) ; Bastani, Darioush (Supervisor) ; Taherinia, Davood (Supervisor)
    Emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from fossil fuels are a potential issue for the global climate. One way to meet this challenge is to electrochemically convert CO2 molecules to reduced carbon species such as formates, alcohols, hydrocarbons, etc., which is a difficult process due to the poor kinetics of CO2 reduction. Therefore, the use of catalysts, while preventing undesirable side reactions, can also play an important role in reducing CO2. In this study, a two-step synthesis of CuS (1, 5, 12, 24 hr) @ Cu-MOF has been reported as an advanced electrocatalyst for CO2 reduction in neutral pH environments. Bismuth has been used to improve the electrocatalytic properties of the samples. Bi-CuS... 

    Investigaion Properties of Electrocatalytic Transition Metal Chalcogenids Nanocomposite in Hydrogen and Oxygen Evolution Reactions

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Moazzeni, Mohammad (Author) ; Taherinia, Davood (Supervisor)
    Electrochemical water splitting which consists of two half-reactions, namely; the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and the oxygen evolution reaction (OER), is an important process in electrochemical energy storage and sustainable production of energy. Therefore, the development of cost-effective and efficient electrocatalysts for water splitting has attracted a lot of interest. In this work, a new nanocomposite was prepared from cobalt diselenide and cerium (IV) oxide derived from calcination of a cerium-based metal-organic framework (Ce-MOF), via hydrothermal and electrodeposition methods. The structure and morphology of synthesized materials were investigated by XRD, FE-SEM, EDX, and BET... 

    Effect of Selected Promotors on the Electrocatalytic Performance in Oxygen Evolution Reaction

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Yousefi, Zahra (Author) ; Ghotbi, Cyrus (Supervisor) ; Larimi, Afsaneh Sadat (Supervisor)
    During the last few decades, efforts have been made to replace fossil fuels with clean and non-absorbent energy sources. One of the promising strategies is energy production by hydrogen storage using water splitting. For this purpose, different methods of using light, heat and electricity are provided. Electrolysis of water with a simple environment such as very high purity of hydrogen produced, controllable, device, no need for high temperature and pressure in the reactor and huge potential for industrial applications has been very much considered. Water electrolysis consists of two reactions: reduction of water to hydrogen (HER) and oxidation of water to oxygen (OER). The second reaction... 

    Modifying TiO2 Photoanodes by Co-Pi Electrocatalyst for Solar H2 Production

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Forouzandeh, Mojtaba (Author) ; Naseri, Naimeh (Supervisor)
    Currently, fossil fuels are the primary source of energy in the world. The increasing human need for energy and the limited resources of fossil fuels and their environmental side effects necessitate the search for other sources of energy. Considering its abundance and eco-compatibility, using solar energy is one of the best candidates for future. One of the methods to use solar energy is to convert and store it as hydrogen fuel by photoelectrochemical cells. In recent years, the main challenge with the production of hydrogen fuel in photoelectrochemical is optimizing them to increase efficiency. For this purpose, various approaches have been proposed such as the fabrication and use of...