H2-induced thermal treatment significantly influences the development of a high performance low-platinum core-shell PtNi/C alloyed oxygen reduction catalyst

Qing Zhao, Cheng Wang, Haifeng Wang, Jianlong Wang, Yaping Tang, Zongqiang Mao, Kazunari Sasaki

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In the purpose of maximizing the utilization of noble metal Pt in oxygen reduction catalysts, we illustrate a synthesis method of preparing the low-platinum PtNi/C alloyed oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) catalyst, which is developed through the H2-induced treatment to a glucose reduced PtNi/C alloy. After post-treatment with H2/N2 mixture gases, this catalyst displays excellent ORR catalytic activity and durability for the synergetic influences of electronic and geometry effects on catalysts during the alloying. Specifically, the as-prepared PtNi/C (350°C-6 h) sample delivers preponderant ORR activity with only 53.5% Pt usage than the commercial Pt/C. The specific activity and mass activity are corresponding 7.49 times and 3.5 times to the commercial Pt/C. This catalyst exhibits excellent ORR catalytic activity after 10 000 potential cycles in acid, which benefits from the well alloyed core-shell structure of PtNi/C. H2-induced thermal treatment has significant effects on the development of high performance low-platinum PtNi/C alloy catalyst, and plays the significant role in the formation of well-alloyed core-shell structures. The lowered d-band center is believed to facilitate ORR catalysis through weakening the adsorption of intermediate oxygen species on the alloyed Pt surface. Therefore, PtNi/C(350°C-6 h) alloyed catalyst possesses outstanding ORR catalytic activity with much lower Pt loading.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Energy Research
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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