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Synthesis and Characterization of Pt-Pd Catalysts for Methanol Oxidation and Oxygen Reduction

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Pt-Pd nanoparticles supported on carbon black were prepared and characterized as electrocatalysts for methanol oxidation and oxygen reduction in an acidic solution. The Pt and Pd nanoparticles were impregnated spontaneously on the carbon black through a simple reducing process. X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and electrochemical measurement were carried out to characterize the crystal structure, particle size, and catalytic activities of the Pt-Pd catalysts. The results showed that the Pt-Pd catalysts had higher catalytic activities for methanol oxidation reaction than pure Pt catalysts. The catalytic activity of the Pt-Pd catalysts for oxygen reduction reactions in the presence of methanol was higher than that of pure Pt and Pd. These results indicate that the Pt-Pd catalysts are suitable as electrocatalysts of both the anode and the cathode in direct methanol fuel cells.


Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2008.1147

Publication date: October 1, 2008

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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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