Rapid Microwave Synthesis of CO Tolerant Reduced Graphene Oxide-Supported PlatinumElectrocatalysts for Oxidation of Methanol

S Sharma, A Gunguly, P Papakonstantinou, X Miao, M Li, JL Hutchison, M. Delichatsios, S Ukleja

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Abstract

Reduced graphene oxide/platinum supported electrocatalysts (Pt/RGO) were synthesized by employing a fast and eco-friendly microwave-assisted polyol process, which facilitated the simultaneous reduction of graphene oxide and formation of Pt nanocrystals. This system was tested for potential use as an anode material through the electrooxidation of methanol. Compared to the commercial carbon-supported Pt electrocatalysts, the Pt/RGO showed an unprecedented CO poisoning tolerance, high electrochemical active surface area, and high catalytic mass activity for methanol oxidation reaction, demonstrated by increases of 110, 134, and 60%, respectively. We found that the high concentration of oxygen functional groups on reduced graphene oxide plays a major role on the removal of carbonaceous species on the adjacent Pt sites, underlining a synergetic effect between the oxygen moieties on graphene support and Pt nanoparticles. The present microwave assisted synthesis of Pt/RGO provides a new path to prepare electrocatalysts with excellent electrocatalytic activity and CO tolerance, which is of great significance in energy-related applications
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19459-19466
JournalJournal Of Physical Chemistry C
Volume114
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Sep 2010

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