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Nanoporous PdNi alloys as highly active and methanol-tolerant electrocatalysts towards oxygen reduction reaction

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Abstract

A nanoporous PdNi (NP-PdNi) alloy with uniform structure dimension is easily fabricated by one-step mild dealloying of a PdNiAl precursor alloy. NP-PdNi consists of an interconnected nanoscaled network backbone and bicontinuous hollow channels in all three dimensions with a typical ligament size of around 5 nm. Electrochemical measurements indicated that the NP-PdNi alloy has superior electrocatalytic activity towards oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) with much higher specific and mass activities as well as higher methanol tolerance compared with Pt/C catalysts. Importantly, NP-PdNi suffers less loss of the ORR activity and the electrochemical surface area of metal upon 5000 potential cycles in acid solution than Pt/C, indicating a better catalytic durability. The NP-PdNi alloy holds great application potential as a cathode electrocatalyst in the fuel cell related technology with unique ORR performance, high structure stability, and easy preparation.

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The article was received on 17 Jul 2013, accepted on 29 Aug 2013 and first published on 30 Aug 2013


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3TA12765F
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2013,1, 13542-13548
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    Nanoporous PdNi alloys as highly active and methanol-tolerant electrocatalysts towards oxygen reduction reaction

    C. Xu, Y. Liu, Q. Hao and H. Duan, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2013, 1, 13542
    DOI: 10.1039/C3TA12765F

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