Elemental segregation in multimetallic core-shell nanoplates

Faisal Saleem, Zhicheng Zhang, Xiaoya Cui, Yue Gong, Bo Chen, Zhuangchai Lai, Qinbai Yun, Lin Gu, Hua Zhang

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In this work, we report an element segregation phenomenon in two-dimensional (2D) core-shell nanoplates, subsequently resulting in the formation of yolk-cage nanostructures after selective electrochemical etching. By using PtCu nanoplates as templates, PtCu@Pd core-shell nanoplates are formed. Interestingly, during the growth of Ru on the PtCu@Pd core-shell nanoplates, due to the selective element diffusion, PtCuPd@PdCu@Ru nanoplates are obtained. After selectively etching of PdCu in PtCuPd@PdCu@Ru using electrochemical method, the PtCuPd@Ru yolk-cage nanostructures are obtained. As a proof-of-concept application, this unique nanostructure shows superior electrocatalytic activity and stability toward the methanol oxidation reaction as compared to the PtCu nanoplates and commercial Pt/C catalyst.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14496-14500
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number37
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sep 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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