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Gallium selenide (GaSe) is a van der Waals semiconductor widely used for optoelectronic devices, whose performances are dictated by bulk properties, including band‐gap energy. However, recent experimental observations that the exfoliation of GaSe into atomically thin layers enhances performances in electrochemistry and photocatalysis have opened new avenues for its applications in the fields of energy and catalysis. Here, it is demonstrated by surface‐science experiments and density functional theory (DFT) that the oxidation of GaSe into Ga2O3, driven by Se vacancies and edge sites created in the exfoliation process, plays a pivotal role in catalytic processes. Specifically, both hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) are energetically unfavorable in pristine GaSe, due to energy barriers of 1.9 and 5.7–7.4 eV, respectively. On the contrary, energy barriers are reduced …
Publication date: 
1 Oct 2020

Gianluca D'Olimpio, Silvia Nappini, Mykhailo Vorokhta, Luca Lozzi, Francesca Genuzio, Tevfik Onur Menteş, Valentina Paolucci, Bekir Gürbulak, Songül Duman, Luca Ottaviano, Andrea Locatelli, Federica Bondino, Danil W Boukhvalov, Antonio Politano

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Volume: 30 Issue: 43 Pages: 2005466
Advanced Functional Materials