A method of synthesizing transition metal phosphide. In one embodiment, the method has the steps of preparing a transition metal lignosulfonate, mixing the transition metal lignosulfonate with phosphoric acid to form a mixture, and subjecting the mixture to a microwave radiation for a duration of time effective to obtain a transition metal phosphide.
STATEMENT OF FEDERALLY-SPONSORED RESEARCH
The present invention was made with Government support under Grant Nos. 08-EPSCOR-009-REU and DEFC 36-06G086072, awarded by National Science Foundation (NSF-EPSCOR SURF) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), respectively. The government has certain rights in the invention.