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Platinum integrated graphene for methanol fuel cells

Shang, N, Papakonstantinou, P, Wang, P and Silva, SRP (2010) Platinum integrated graphene for methanol fuel cells Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 114 (37). pp. 15837-15841.

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Uniform and porous graphene nanoflake films (GNFs) have been investigated as a support for catalytic Pt nanoclusters in direct methanol electro-oxidation. Pt nanoclusters of varying thickness are deposited on GNFs using magnetron sputtering, and their effects on the electrocatalytic activity for oxidizing methanol are systemically studied. GNF supported Pt nanoclusters with ultralow catalyst loading exhibit high performance for methanol electrocatalytic oxidation with a large mass-specific peak current density and a ratio of forward to backward peak currents up to 1.4. These characteristics compare favorably to the majority of Pt−C based electrodes, except for those of carbon nanotubes with Pt decoration on both the inner and the outer wall surfaces. The results obtained are ascribed to a highly coupled network made of high-density 2−4 nm Pt monolayer nanoclusters on both the basal and edge planes of each nanoflakes of graphene. GNFs are a promising support material for developing next-generation advanced Pt based fuel cells and their relevant electrodes in the field of energy.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors : Shang, N, Papakonstantinou, P, Wang, P and Silva, SRP
Date : 2010
DOI : 10.1021/jp105470s
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2017 14:12
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 11:52

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