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Dimethylformamide-mediated synthesis of water-soluble platinum nanodendrites for ethanol oxidation electrocatalysis

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Herein we describe the synthesis of water-soluble platinum nanodendrites in dimethylformamide (DMF), in the presence of polyethyleneimine (PEI) as a stabilizing agent. The average size of the dendrites is in the range of 20–25 nm while their porosity can be tuned by modifying the concentration of the metal precursor. Electron tomography revealed different crystalline orientations of nanocrystallites in the nanodendrites and allowed a better understanding of their peculiar branching and porosity. The high surface area of the dendrites (up to 22 m2 g−1) was confirmed by BET measurements, while X-ray diffraction confirmed the abundance of high-index facets in the face-centered-cubic crystal structure of Pt. The prepared nanodendrites exhibit excellent performance in the electrocatalytic oxidation of ethanol in alkaline solution. Sensing, selectivity, cycleability and great tolerance toward poisoning were demonstrated by cyclic voltammetry measurements.

Graphical abstract: Dimethylformamide-mediated synthesis of water-soluble platinum nanodendrites for ethanol oxidation electrocatalysis

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The article was received on 21 Feb 2013, accepted on 28 Mar 2013 and first published on 02 Apr 2013


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3NR00924F
Citation: Nanoscale, 2013,5, 4776-4784
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    Dimethylformamide-mediated synthesis of water-soluble platinum nanodendrites for ethanol oxidation electrocatalysis

    S. Mourdikoudis, M. Chirea, T. Altantzis, I. Pastoriza-Santos, J. Pérez-Juste, F. Silva, S. Bals and L. M. Liz-Marzán, Nanoscale, 2013, 5, 4776
    DOI: 10.1039/C3NR00924F

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