Synthesis and oxygen reduction electrocatalytic property of Pt-on-Pd bimetallic heteronanostructures

Zhenmeng Peng, Hong Yang

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(Graph Presented) Platinum-on-palladium bimetallic heterogeneous nanostructures were prepared using a sequential synthetic method, in which 3-nm Pt particles grew on the surfaces of 5-nm Pd nanoparticles. Electrochemical study of carbon-supported Pt-on-Pd heteronanostructures shows not only enhancement in electrocatalytic activity for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) but also much improved stability in comparison to a commercial platinum catalyst (E-TEK, 20 wt % Pt, diameter: 2.5 nm). The greatly suppressed hydroxyl adsorption on active sites by introducing Pd was attributed to the enhanced activity, while the retention of active surface area, morphology, and composition because of the large overall bimetallic particle size and unique architectures could be the key factors for the much improved stability over 30000 cycles. Our work shows heterogeneous platinum-on-metal bimetallic nanostructures offer new opportunities to the design of hierarchically ordered multifunctional fuel cell catalysts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7542-7543
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number22
StatePublished - Jun 10 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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