Defect-rich, candied haws-shaped auptni alloy nanostructures for highly efficient electrocatalysis

Xiaoya Cui, Zhicheng Zhang, Yue Gong, Faisal Saleem, Bo Chen, Yonghua Du, Zhuangchai Lai, Nailiang Yang, Bing Li, Lin Gu, Hua Zhang

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The rational design and synthesis of multimetallic nanostructures (NSs) with rich defects are of significant importance for their diverse applications, including their promising usage as high-efficiency catalysts for alcohol oxidation reaction as a fuel source. Here, we report the synthesis of defect-rich, candied haws-shaped AuPtNi NSs using presynthesized gold (Au) nanowires as templates. The ternary AuPtNi NSs possess rich defects such as twins, stacking faults, and atomic steps. Impressively, the AuPtNi NSs exhibited excellent mass and specific activities toward methanol and ethanol oxidation reactions under acidic conditions. Our current work paves the way for the rational design and controlled synthesis of defect-rich multimetallic NSs to boost their performances in catalytic reactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-30
Number of pages7
JournalCCS Chemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020


  • Alloy
  • Defect
  • Electrocatalysis
  • Multimetallic nanostructure
  • Noble metal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry


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