Title

Strategic synthesis of mesoporous Pt-on-Pd bimetallic spheres templated from a polymeric micelle assembly

RIS ID

107573

Publication Details

Li, Y., Li, C., Bastakoti, B. Prasad., Tang, J., Kim, J., Shahabuddin, M., Bando, Y., Kim, J. & Yamauchi, Y. (2016). Strategic synthesis of mesoporous Pt-on-Pd bimetallic spheres templated from a polymeric micelle assembly. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 4 (23), 9169-9176.

Abstract

Core-shell-corona type triblock copolymer poly(styrene-b-2-vinylpyridine-b-ethylene oxide) (PS-b-P2VP-b-PEO) micelles have been selected here to direct the synthesis of mesoporous Pt-on-Pd spheres, consisting of a Pd concentrated core and a Pt shell, as established by elemental mapping. It is important to note that the size of the PS core determines the resultant size of the mesopores. A self-evaporation method has been developed to prepare swollen micelles, so as to further enlarge the pore size (∼40 nm). Compared with commercially available catalysts (e.g., Pt black or Pt, 20 wt% on carbon black), good oxygen reduction reaction performance on the mesoporous Pt-on-Pd spheres is observed, due to the exposure of the most active Pt (111) planes and the synergistic effects from Pt and Pd in the pseudo core-shell structure.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c6ta02526a