Nanorods and multipods of platinum and its alloys: Synthesis, formation mechanism and property

Sean M. Maksimuk, Yong Wang, Hong Yang

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Nanostructured platinum and its alloys/intermetallics are known for their excellent catalytic property in various hydrogenation and dehydrogenation reactions. These properties depend highly on the size, shape, crystal phase, and composition of the nanomaterials. In this talk, I will present our recent results on the design, synthesis and growth analysis of Pt and PtM (M=Co, Pb, Ru) nanorods and multipods. Besides surface capping agents, the heterogeneous metal ions in reaction media are shown to play an important role. The effect of several types of crystal defects such as twinning on the growth of nanorods and multipods of face-centered cubic (fcc) metal nanostructures will be addressed. A statistical thermodynamic analysis and a surface coverage model will be used to understand the mechanism for the anisotropic growth observed for intermetallic PtM nanorods. The higher-than-usual electrocatalytic properties of these nanomaterials towards methanol oxidation will also be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication233rd ACS National Meeting, Abstracts of Scientific Papers
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event233rd ACS National Meeting - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: Mar 25 2007Mar 29 2007

Publication series

NameACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts
ISSN (Print)0065-7727


Other233rd ACS National Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityChicago, IL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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