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ISSN : 1225-0562(Print)
ISSN : 2287-7258(Online)
Korean Journal of Materials Research Vol.21 No.8 pp.419-424
DOI : https://doi.org/10.3740/MRSK.2011.21.8.419

Methanol Electro-Oxidation of Electro-Spun RuO2 Nanowire Supported Pt Catalysts

Yeom, Yong-Sik, Ahn, Hyo-Jin

Abstract

Pt nanoparticle catalysts incorporated on RuO2 nanowire support were successfully synthesized and their electrochemical properties, such as methanol electro-oxidation and electrochemically active surface (EAS) area, were demonstrated for direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs). After fabricating RuO2 nanowire support via an electrospinning method, two different types of incorporated Pt nanoparticle electrocatalysts were prepared using a precipitation method via the reaction with NaBH4 as a reducing agent. One electrocatalyst was 20 wt% Pt/RuO2, and the other was 40 wt% Pt/RuO2. The structural and electrochemical properties of the Pt nanoparticle electrocatalysts incorporated on electrospun RuO2 nanowire support were investigated using a bright field transmission electron microscopy (bright field TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and cyclic voltammetry. The bright field TEM, XRD, and XPS results indicate that Pt nanoparticle electrocatalysts with sizes of approximately 2-4 nm were well incorporated on the electrospun RuO2 nanowire support with a diameter of approximately 50 nm. The cyclic voltammetry results showed that the Pt nanoparticle catalysts incorporated on the electrospun RuO2 nanowire support give superior catalytic activity in the methanol electro-oxidation and a higher electrochemically active surface (EAS) area when compared with the electrospun Pt nanowire electrocatalysts without the RuO2 nanowire support. Therefore, the Pt nanoparticle catalysts incorporated on the electrospun RuO2 nanowire support could be a promising electrode for direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs).

Electro-Spun RuO2 나노선 지지체에 담지된 Pt촉매의 메탄올 Electro-Oxidation 특성

염용식, 안효진

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