Applied Surface Science, Vol.397, 199-205, 2017
Theoretical insights into the energetics and electronic properties of MPt12 (M = Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, and Pd) nanoparticles supported by N-doped defective graphene
Enhancing the catalytic activity and decreasing the usage of Pt catalysts has been a major target in widening their applications for developing proton-exchange membrane fuel cells. In this work, the adsorption energetics, structural features, and electronic properties of several MPt12 (M = Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, and Pd) nanoparticles (NPs) deposited on N-doped defective graphene were systemically explored by means of comprehensive density functional theory (DFT) computations. The computations revealed that the defective N-doped graphene substrate can provide anchoring site for these Pt-based alloying NPs due to their strong hybridization with the sp(2) dangling bonds at the defect sites of substrate. Especially, these deposited MPt12 NPs exhibit reduced magnetic moment and their average d-band centers are shifted away from the Fermi level, as compared with the freestanding NPs, leading to the reduction of the adsorption energies of the O species. Thus, the defective N-doped graphene substrate not only enhances the stability of the deposited MPt12 NPs, but also endows them higher catalytic performance for the oxygen reduction reaction. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.