Microwave-Assisted Ethanol Reduction as a New Method for the Preparation of Highly Active and Stable CNT-Supported PtRu Electrocatalysts for Methanol Oxidation

Authors

  • Abu Bakr Ahmed Amine Nassr,

    1. Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät II, Institut für Chemie von-Danckelmann-Platz 4, 06120 Halle (Saale), ( Germany), Fax: (+49) 345-5527163
    2. Electronic Materials Research Department, Institute of Advanced Technology and New Materials, City for Scientific Research and Technological Applications (SRTA-City), New Borg Al-Arab City, 21934 Alexandria (Egypt)
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  • Prof. Dr. Michael Bron

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    1. Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät II, Institut für Chemie von-Danckelmann-Platz 4, 06120 Halle (Saale), ( Germany), Fax: (+49) 345-5527163
    • Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät II, Institut für Chemie von-Danckelmann-Platz 4, 06120 Halle (Saale), ( Germany), Fax: (+49) 345-5527163
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Abstract

Highly active and stable PtRu nanocatalysts supported on carbon nanotubes were prepared by microwave-assisted ethanol reduction in an ethanol/water mixture (1:1 v/v). During the reduction process, the presence of water is necessary for fast and substantial metal ion reduction. The prepared catalysts were characterized with inductively coupled plasma (ICP-ES), TEM, XRD, and electrochemical techniques to investigate their structural properties and electrocatalytic activities. ICP analysis confirms the presence of Pt and Ru in the catalysts, whereas XRD and TEM analyses demonstrate the formation of nanoparticles in the Pt face-centered-cubic structure that have a narrow size distribution and are well dispersed on carbon nanotubes. Metal loading and Pt/Ru ratio are closer to the nominal values for catalysts prepared through microwave-assisted ethanol reduction than those for catalysts prepared by conventional ethanol reduction. Heat treatment at different temperatures from 200 to 800 °C in a reductive atmosphere has a beneficial effect on the electrocatalytic activity of the catalysts and their stabilities under electrochemical conditions. A heat treatment temperature of 600 °C was found to be optimum for the activity and stability of the catalysts and tolerance for CO poisoning, which is discussed in view of the structural properties of the nanocatalysts and the higher degree of alloying. Temperatures higher than 600 °C led to the aggregation of nanocatalysts and formation of larger particles.

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