A Scalable Laser-Assisted Method to Produce Active and Robust Graphene-Supported Nanoparticle Electrocatalysts

Xiaoyong Mo, K. C. Chan, Edmund C.M. Tse

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The development of renewable energy schemes requires the scalable production of highly robust electrocatalysts using a sustainable synthesis process that does not generate toxic liquid wastes. Here, an industrial laser system is utilized to prepare electrocatalysts in a continuous fashion using a laser-induced-forward-transfer-assisted nanomaterial preparation (LANP) method without generating liquid wastes. This dry processing method at room temperature and under ambient pressure enables the production of well-dispersed Pt, Ru, and Ni nanoparticles (NPs) supported on a few-layer graphene carbon framework. This versatile LANP procedure allows for the efficient deposition of binder-free Pt, Ru, and Ni NPs onto flexible polyimide films and glass surfaces at a rate of 400 mm/s. The size and quantity of the spherical NPs present on the conductive carbon surface can be tuned by adjusting the LANP parameters such as the laser power, the scribing speed, and the source thickness. Upon increasing the laser power, the size of Pt NPs decreases and the amount of Pt in the laser-derived materials increases. A second laser treatment can further modulate the hydrophilicity and solvent accessibility of graphene-supported Pt NPs. Our results demonstrate that the binder-free Pt, Ru, and Ni NPs supported on a few-layer graphene generated using the LANP strategy can serve as practical, active, and robust electrocatalysts for water-splitting reactions in advanced electrolyzer technology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8230-8238
Number of pages9
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 8 Oct 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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