International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol.44, No.12, 6172-6181, 2019
Graphitized carbon nanocages/palladium nanoparticles: Sustainable preparation and electrocatalytic performances towards ethanol oxidation reaction
Graphitized carbon (GC) nanocages have been successfully prepared via a sustainable carbon powder buried-type Ni catalysis-growth technology from Tween-80 molecule precursor. The GC nanocages are used as support for the further construction of GC/Pd electrocatalyst towards ethanol oxidation reaction. The material structures and surface morphologies are studied by XRD, SEM and TEM techniques. The electrochemical properties are investigated by CV, LSV, EIS and CP techniques. The results showed that GC nanocages have good graphited structure and plentiful opening gaps, and the Pd nano-particles were evenly distributed on the inner and outer surfaces of GC nanocages. The GC/Pd electrocatalyst exhibits excellent electrocatalytic performance towards ethanol oxidation. The positive scanning peak current density of GC/Pd electrode is up to 1612 A/g Pd in 1.0 mol/L NaOH +1.0 mol/L ethanol electrolyte, which is much higher than those (500-1100 A/g Pd) of traditional Pd electrodes supported with carbon nanotubes or graphene nanosheets. (C) 2019 Hydrogen Energy Publications LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.