Electrochemical properties of carbon nanotube-supported metallic catalysts prepared by changing a sweep- or step-applied potential

Electrochemical properties of carbon nanotube-supported metallic catalysts prepared by changing a... The electrochemical deposition of Pt nanoparticles on carbon nanotube (CNTs) supports and their catalytic activities for an electro-oxidation were investigated. Pt catalysts of 4–12 nm average crystalline size were grown on supports by changing applied potential methods such as sweep-potential or step-potential. Electroplating of 24-min time by a step-applied potential was enough to obtain small crystalline-size 4.6-nm particles, resulting in good electrochemical activity. The catalysts’ loading contents could be controlled by increasing the deposition time. The crystalline sizes and structures of the Pt/support catalysts were analyzed using X-ray diffraction (XRD). The electrochemical properties of the Pt/support catalysts were studied according to their characteristic current–potential curves in a methanol solution. As a result, the electrochemical activity was increased by enlarging the plating time. The activity reached the maximum at 24 min and then decreased. The enhanced electroactivity for catalysts by step-potential methods could be explained by the changes of the crystalline size and crystalline structures of the catalysts. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research on Chemical Intermediates Springer Journals

Electrochemical properties of carbon nanotube-supported metallic catalysts prepared by changing a sweep- or step-applied potential

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Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright
Copyright © 2010 by Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Subject
Chemistry; Inorganic Chemistry ; Physical Chemistry ; Catalysis
ISSN
0922-6168
eISSN
1568-5675
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11164-010-0171-0
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Abstract

The electrochemical deposition of Pt nanoparticles on carbon nanotube (CNTs) supports and their catalytic activities for an electro-oxidation were investigated. Pt catalysts of 4–12 nm average crystalline size were grown on supports by changing applied potential methods such as sweep-potential or step-potential. Electroplating of 24-min time by a step-applied potential was enough to obtain small crystalline-size 4.6-nm particles, resulting in good electrochemical activity. The catalysts’ loading contents could be controlled by increasing the deposition time. The crystalline sizes and structures of the Pt/support catalysts were analyzed using X-ray diffraction (XRD). The electrochemical properties of the Pt/support catalysts were studied according to their characteristic current–potential curves in a methanol solution. As a result, the electrochemical activity was increased by enlarging the plating time. The activity reached the maximum at 24 min and then decreased. The enhanced electroactivity for catalysts by step-potential methods could be explained by the changes of the crystalline size and crystalline structures of the catalysts.

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Research on Chemical IntermediatesSpringer Journals

Published: Sep 18, 2010

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