Synthesis of hollow PtAg alloy nanospheres with excellent electrocatalytic performances towards methanol and formic acid oxidations

Fulin Zheng, Sin Yee Luk, Tsz Lung Kwong, Ka Fu Yung

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Hollow PtAg alloy nanospheres were synthesized via galvanic replacement reaction between silver nanoparticles and K2PtCl4at 60 °C. Their morphology, composition and structure were characterized by UV-vis, XRD, TEM, HRTEM, SAED, EDX and XPS. It was found that the shell thickness and roughness could be controlled by varying the amount of Pt precursor solutions. Compared with commercially available Pt black, the PtAg showed higher catalytic activity and higher CO tolerance towards the electro-oxidations of methanol and formic acid, which make them a prominent catalyst for DMFCs and DFAFCs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44902-44907
Number of pages6
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number50
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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