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Title: Exceptional oxygen reduction reaction activity and durability of platinum–nickel nanowires through synthesis and post-treatment optimization

For the first time, extended nanostructured catalysts are demonstrated with both high specific activity (>6000 μA cm Pt –2 at 0.9 V) and high surface areas (>90 m 2 g Pt –1). Platinum–nickel (Pt—Ni) nanowires, synthesized by galvanic displacement, have previously produced surface areas in excess of 90 m 2 g Pt –1, a significant breakthrough in and of itself for extended surface catalysts. Unfortunately, these materials were limited in terms of their specific activity and durability upon exposure to relevant electrochemical test conditions. Through a series of optimized postsynthesis steps, significant improvements were made to the activity (3-fold increase in specific activity), durability (21% mass activity loss reduced to 3%), and Ni leaching (reduced from 7 to 0.3%) of the Pt—Ni nanowires. Finally, these materials show more than a 10-fold improvement in mass activity compared to that of traditional carbon-supported Pt nanoparticle catalysts and offer significant promise as a new class of electrocatalysts in fuel cell applications.
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  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  2. Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States)
  3. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Forge Nano, Louisville, CO (United States)
  4. SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 2470-1343
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Published Article
Journal Name:
ACS Omega
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 2; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 2470-1343
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Program (EE-3F); USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
30 DIRECT ENERGY CONVERSION; catalysts; heat treatment; nanowires; redox reaction; thermal properties; fuel cells; electrochemistry; nanostructures; platinum; oxygen reduction
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OSTI ID: 1352503