Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Vol.560, 467-474, 2020
Porous dendritic PtRuPd nanospheres with enhanced catalytic activity and durability for ethylene glycol oxidation and oxygen reduction reactions
Developing highly active and durable catalyst is of pivotal importance in fuel cells, owing to excessive consumption of fossil fuels. Herein, porous dendritic PtRuPd nanospheres (PtRuPd NSs) were synthesized by a facile hexadecylpyridinium chloride (HDPC)-mediated one-pot aqueous method with ascorbic acid (AA) as the reducing agent. The as-obtained PtRuPd NSs displayed high-efficient catalytic activity and durability for ethylene glycol oxidation reaction (EGOR) and oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). It exhibited enlarged mass activity (MA, 1.368 A mg(-1)) compared to commercial Pt/C (1.100 A mg(-1)) for EGOR. Besides, the onset potential (E-onset, 0.930 V) and half-wave potential (E-1/2, 0.852 V) of PtRuPd NSs were more positive relative to homemade PtPd NSs (0.905 and 0.840 V), PdRu NSs (0.895 and 0.839 V), and commercial Pt/C (0.910 and 0.822 V) toward ORR. This work provides some valuable guidelines for producing novel trimetallic nanocatalysts in fuel cells. (C) 2019 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.