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Keywords:

  • fuel cells;
  • heterogeneous catalysis;
  • nanoparticles;
  • oxygen;
  • platinum
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Catalytic cobblestones: Monodisperse platinum nanoparticles were prepared with controlled sizes (3–7 nm) and shapes (polyhedron, truncated cube, or cube). The cubic nanoparticles are a much more active cathode catalyst for the oxygen reduction reaction: the current density J from 7 nm cubes is four times that of the other shapes (see picture), indicating great potential for fuel cell applications.