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Title: Enhanced electrocatalytic activity and stability of Pd 3V/C nanoparticles with a trace amount of Pt decoration for the oxygen reduction reaction

In this study, carbon supported Pd 3V bimetallic alloy nanoparticles (Pd 3V/C) have been successfully synthesized via a simple impregnation–reduction method, followed by high temperature treatment under a H 2 atmosphere. Electrochemical tests reveal that the half-wave potential of Pd 3V/C-500 shifts positively 40 mV compared with Pd/C. However, the catalytic activity of Pd 3V/C-500 suffers from serious degradation after 1k cycles. By a spontaneous displacement reaction or co-reduction method, a trace amount of Pt was decorated on the surface or inside of the Pd 3V/C nanoparticles. The catalytic activity and stability of the Pd 3V@Pt/C and Pt-Pd 3V/C catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) are enhanced significantly, and are comparable to commercial Pt/C. In addition, the Pt mass activity of Pd 3V@Pt/C and Pt-Pd 3V/C improves by factors of 10.9 and 6.5 at 0.80 V relative to Pt/C. Moreover, Pt-decorated Pd 3V/C nanoparticles show almost no obvious morphology change after durability tests, because the Pt-rich shell plays an important role in preventing degradation.
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  1. Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology, Wuhan (China)
  2. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Stony Brook Univ., Stony Brook, NY (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 2050-7488; JMCAET; KC0403020
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Materials Chemistry. A
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Journal of Materials Chemistry. A; Journal ID: ISSN 2050-7488
Royal Society of Chemistry
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; oxygen reduction reaction; fuel cell; Center for Functional Nanomaterials
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