Synthesis and characterization of Pt-Pd alloy and core-shell bimetallic nanoparticles for direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs): Enhanced electrocatalytic properties of well-shaped core-shell morphologies and nanostructures

Nguyen Viet Long, Tong Duy Hien, Toru Asaka, Michitaka Ohtaki, Masayuki Nogami

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    In our research, we present the controlled synthesis of poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) protected Pt-Pd nanoparticles of various alloy and core-shell morphologies by modified polyol method with the assistance of AgNO3. The Pt-Pd alloy and core-shell nanoparticles were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution TEM, and electrochemical measurements. The comparison of electrocatalytic properties of Pd-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles was described to confirm their highest catalytic performance. Importantly, the catalytic activity of Pt-Pd alloy and core-shell nanoparticles was investigated to develop novel electrocatalysts in direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs). The results showed that the core-shell nanoparticles with the thin nanoshells as monolayers exhibit as great nanocatalysts. The correlation among structure, size and morphology was presented in their catalytic characterization.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)8478-8491
    Number of pages14
    JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
    Issue number14
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2011


    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
    • Fuel Technology
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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