Electrochemical synthesis and catalytic property of Sub-10 nm platinum cubic nanoboxes

Zhenmeng Peng, Hongjun You, Jianbo Wu, Hong Yang

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We report an electrochemical synthesis of ultrafine Pt cubic nanoboxes from Pt-on-Ag heteronanostructures. These cubic nanoboxes have an average edge length of about 6 nm and a wall thickness of 1.5 nm. Several reaction parameters including the profile of applied potentials were examined to develop an optimal procedure for controlling the size, shape, and surface morphology of the nanoboxes. A strong shape-dependent catalytic property is observed for Pt cubic nanoboxes, which is 1.5 times more active than hollow spheres in terms of turn over frequency for catalytic oxidation of methanol.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1492-1496
Number of pages5
JournalNano letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 14 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Catalysis
  • Methanol oxidation
  • Nanobox
  • Nanocube
  • Platinum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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