Platinum-gold nanoclusters as catalyst for direct methanol fuel cells

L. Giorgi, R. Giorgi, S. Gagliardi, E. Serra, M. Alvisi, M.A. Signore, E. Piscopiello

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Nanosized platinum-gold alloys clusters have been deposited on gas diffusion electrode by sputter deposition. The deposits were characterized by FE-SEM, TEM and XPS in order to verify the formation of alloy nanoparticles and to study the influence of deposition technique on the nanomorphology. The deposition by sputtering process allowed a uniform distribution of metal particles on porous surface of carbon supports. Typical island growth mode was observed with the formation of a dispersed metal nanoclusters (mean size about 5 nm). Cyclic voltammetry was used to determine the electrochemical active surface and the electrocatalytic performance of the PtAu electrocatalysts for methanol oxidation reaction. The data were re-calculated in the form of mass specific activity (MSA). The sputter-catalyzed electrodes showed higher performance and stability compared to commercial catalysts. Copyright © 2011 American Scientific Publishers. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8804 - 8811
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering

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Giorgi, L., Giorgi, R., Gagliardi, S., Serra, E., Alvisi, M., Signore, M. A., & Piscopiello, E. (2011). Platinum-gold nanoclusters as catalyst for direct methanol fuel cells. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 11(10), 8804 - 8811.