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Synthesis of Fe-doped octahedral Pt3Ni nanocrystals with high electro-catalytic activity and stability towards oxygen reduction reaction

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Octahedral Pt3Ni nanocrystals doped with Fe (Pt3Ni-Fe) are synthesized through solvothermal methods in N,N-dimethylformamide solvent at 210 °C. By manipulating the amount of combinational capping agents, the size of the octahedral Pt3Ni-Fe nanocrystals can be controlled between 7 and 19 nm. It is found that one of the capping agents, n-octadecylphosphonic acid, is critical in obtaining the octahedral morphology. A volcano-shaped relation between oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity and nanocrystal size is determined for the carbon-supported octahedral Pt3Ni-Fe, with the highest ORR activity observed from the 13 nm nanocrystal. It is also found that Pt3Ni-Fe electro-catalysts show enhanced stability. This work demonstrates that Fe-doping can enhance the electro-catalytic performance of octahedral Pt3Ni.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of Fe-doped octahedral Pt3Ni nanocrystals with high electro-catalytic activity and stability towards oxygen reduction reaction

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The article was received on 31 Oct 2013, accepted on 26 Nov 2013 and first published on 26 Nov 2013


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C3RA46299D
Citation: RSC Adv., 2014,4, 1895-1899
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    Synthesis of Fe-doped octahedral Pt3Ni nanocrystals with high electro-catalytic activity and stability towards oxygen reduction reaction

    Y. Li, F. Quan, L. Chen, W. Zhang, H. Yu and C. Chen, RSC Adv., 2014, 4, 1895
    DOI: 10.1039/C3RA46299D

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