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Pt–Cu hierarchical quasi great dodecahedrons with abundant twinning defects for hydrogen evolution

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Abstract

Hierarchical metal nanostructures which exhibit an open structure and a high density of twin defects accessible to reactants hold great promise in catalysis. Here, we report a facile synthesis of Pt–Cu hierarchical quasi great dodecahedrons (HQGDs) which present 5-fold symmetry and are composed of multiple ordered branched units with a frame structure. HQGDs evolve from icosahedral seeds with multiple {111} twin planes, followed by the growth of higher-order branches. Owing to the unique frame structure associated with multiple twin defects, HQGDs showed much higher HER catalytic activity and better durability relative to commercial Pt/C.

Graphical abstract: Pt–Cu hierarchical quasi great dodecahedrons with abundant twinning defects for hydrogen evolution

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The article was received on 11 May 2017, accepted on 06 Jun 2017 and first published on 06 Jun 2017


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C7CC03643D
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2017,53, 6922-6925
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    Pt–Cu hierarchical quasi great dodecahedrons with abundant twinning defects for hydrogen evolution

    R. Huang, Z. Sun, S. Chen, S. Wu, Z. Shen, X. Wu and J. Zeng, Chem. Commun., 2017, 53, 6922
    DOI: 10.1039/C7CC03643D

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