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Title: Pt 3Re alloy nanoparticles as electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction

Development of renewable energy technologies requires advanced catalysts for efficient electrical-chemical energy conversion reactions. Here in this paper, we report the study of Pt-Re alloy nanoparticles as an electrocatalyst for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). An organic solution approach is developed to synthesize monodisperse and homogeneous Pt 3Re alloy nanoparticles. Electrochemical studies show that these nanoparticles exhibit an improvement factor of 4 in catalytic activity for the ORR compared to commercial Pt catalysts of similar particle sizes. Fundamental understanding of the structure-property relationship is established by combining material characterization using X-ray spectroscopy and atomically resolved electron microscopy, as well as Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations. Lastly, our work revealed that an electronic modification of the surface properties of Pt by subsurface Re (ligand effect) accounts for the catalytic enhancement.
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  1. Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD (United States). Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  2. Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN (United States). School of Chemical Engineering
  3. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Center for Nanophase Materials Science (CNMS)
  4. Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD (United States). Dept. of Chemistry
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nano Energy
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 20; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 2211-2855
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; Platinum rhenium alloy nanoparticles; Organic solution synthesis; Electrocatalysts; Ligand effect; Oxygen reduction reaction
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OSTI ID: 1252011