Doctoral Dissertations


“Electrocatalysts play an inevitable role in many applications including energy storage, energy conversion, and biosensing. The state-of-the-art noble metal-based electrocatalysts have long been used in full water splitting, non-enzymatic glucose sensing, and supercapacitors. However, scarcity and high cost of noble metals restrict utilization of such electrocatalysts in large-scale implementations. Transition metal-based electrodes have been considered as a potential solution to address these drawbacks as well as to enhance the electrocatalytic performance. In this work, applicability of non-oxidic transition metal based electrocatalysts is evaluated. Transition metal chalcogenides are expected to have high catalytic performance owing to their facilitated electron cloud delocalization on the transition metal site as well as enhanced covalency in the lattice due to the low anion electronegativity. To examine this theory, CoNi2Se4 is studied for its application in full water splitting. This catalyst shows an excellent electrocatalytic activity with low overpotential of 160 mV @ 10 mA cm-2 for OER. CoNi2Se4-rGO on Ni foam has also been employed as an electrocatalyst for the direct oxidation of glucose. A high sensitivity of 18.89 mA mM-1 cm-2 at low applied potential of 0.35 V vs. Ag|AgCl is achieved. For the same application, we investigated Ni3Te2. With electrodeposition method, a high glucose detection sensitivity of 41.615 mA cm-2 mM-1 is reported. We also fabricated a hydrothermally synthesized Ni3Te2 with a sensitivity of 35.213 mA cm-2 mM-1. Finally, we examined NiCo2Se4/rGO for its application in supercapacitors and achieved a high specific capacitance of 2038.55 F g-1 with a high energy density and power density of 67.01 W h kg-1 and 903.61 W kg-1, respectively”--Abstract, page iv.


Nath, Manashi

Committee Member(s)

Choudhury, Amitava
Winiarz, Jeffrey G.
Whitefield, Philip D.
Asle Zaeem, Mohsen



Degree Name

Ph. D. in Chemistry


This work was partially supported through funds from the National Science Foundation (DMR 1710313).


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Summer 2019

Journal article titles appearing in thesis/dissertation

  • CoNi2Se4 as an efficient bifunctional electrocatalyst for overall water splitting
  • Non-enzymatic glucose sensor based on CoNi2Se4/RGO nanocomposite with ultrahigh sensitivity at low working potential
  • Ultrasensitive and highly selective Ni3Te2 as a non-enzymatic glucose sensor at extremely low working potential
  • Facile one-pot synthesis of NiCo2Se4/RGO on Ni foam for high performance hybrid supercapacitor


xiv, 187 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographic references.


© 2019 Bahareh Golrokh Amin, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

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Thesis Number

T 12015

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