Role of Surface Iron in Enhanced Activity for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction on a Pd3Fe(111) Single-Crystal Alloy


  • This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant CHE-1129417.


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Working together: Pd0.9Fe0.1–Pd3Fe(111) (see picture, Pd adatoms yellow, Fe purple, Pd blue-green, O red, H white) displays enhanced performance for the oxygen reduction reaction with five to eight times higher activity than Pd(111). The high catalytic activity may originate from a cooperative effect of a segregated Pd layer with its large tendency to remove surface O species by protonation and active Fe with its ability to dissociate O2.