Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Dr. Ram Gupta

Second Advisor

Dr. Khamis Siam

Third Advisor

Dr. Serif Uran


In order to effectively reduce carbon emission and achieve the goal of mitigating climate change, hydrogen energy has high hopes as a representative of green energy. According to the most current and updated research, compounds of cobalt and nickel have been widely studied as alternatives instead noble metal materials as catalysts for the electrolysis of water. Based on some other research reports, a hydrothermal method to grow cobalt-nickel hydroxide on nickel foam that has been carbonized in advance was proposed. To compare the modification results of these materials by different activation methods, calcination, sulfidation, and phosphating were performed on the materials. Among all the samples, the phosphate material not only had a superior performance compared to commercial materials in the catalytic reaction of hydrogen evolution and oxygen evolution, but also exhibited a satisfactory performance as an energy storage material for supercapacitor applications. In addition, an electrochemical synthesis method was used to simplify the synthesis steps of cobalt-nickel compounds and calcination, sulfidation, and phosphating were performed on the materials, respectively. The result shows that the cobalt-nickel phosphide material synthesized by electrochemical synthesis method has great potential in the field of flexible supercapacitors.


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