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Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of Pt-Au Nanoparticles with Enhanced Electrocatalytic Activity for the Oxidation of Formic Acid

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Cabello, Gema ; Davoglio, Rogerio A. ; Hartl, Fabian W. ; Marco, Jose F. ; Pereira, Ernesto C. ; Biaggio, Sonia R. ; Varela, Hamilton ; Cuesta, Angel
Total Authors: 8
Document type: Journal article
Source: Electrochimica Acta; v. 224, p. 56-63, JAN 10 2017.
Web of Science Citations: 20

We report the microwave-assisted hydrothermal synthesis of bimetallic Pt-Au nanoparticles with different Pt/Au mole ratio, and investigate their performance towards the electro-oxidation of formic acid. The as-synthesized Pt-Au sol was dispersed on a graphite electrode, without any binding agents, which allowed us to control the mass of alloy deposited. Pt-Au alloys showed better activity than bulk Pt and/or Pt nanoparticles towards the oxidation of formic acid, as evidenced by the decrease in the onset potential and the higher currents in the corresponding cyclic voltammograms. The higher activity is due both to atomic-ensemble effects, which lead the reaction through the so-called direct pathway with insignificant CO poisoning, and to electronic effects, which optimised the interaction between the catalyst surface and the reactive intermediate in the direct path. Further insight into the individual contributions of atomic-ensemble and electronic effects and their effect on the catalytic activity was provided by the analysis of galvanostatic potential oscillations. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 13/07296-2 - CDMF - Center for the Development of Functional Materials
Grantee:Elson Longo da Silva
Support type: Research Grants - Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers - RIDC
FAPESP's process: 13/16930-7 - Electrocatalysis V: electrocatalytic processes of chemical and electrical energy interconversion
Grantee:Edson Antonio Ticianelli
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 14/08030-9 - Electrocatalysis under oscillatory regime: in situ IR spectroscopy in ATR-SEIRAS configuration
Grantee:Fabian Hartl
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate (Direct)