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Article Title

Facile synthesis based on novel carbon-supported cyanogel of structurally ordered Pd3Fe/C as electrocatalyst for formic acid oxidation

Authors

Zhenyuan Liu, Jiangsu Key Laboratory of New Power Batteries, Jiangsu Collaborative Innovation Centre of Biomedical Functional Materials, School of Chemistry and Materials Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210023, China
Gengtao Fu, Jiangsu Key Laboratory of New Power Batteries, Jiangsu Collaborative Innovation Centre of Biomedical Functional Materials, School of Chemistry and Materials Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210023, China School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 637459, Singapore
Jiahui Li, Jiangsu Key Laboratory of New Power Batteries, Jiangsu Collaborative Innovation Centre of Biomedical Functional Materials, School of Chemistry and Materials Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210023, China
Zhenqi Liu, Jiangsu Key Laboratory of New Power Batteries, Jiangsu Collaborative Innovation Centre of Biomedical Functional Materials, School of Chemistry and Materials Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210023, China
Lin Xu, Jiangsu Key Laboratory of New Power Batteries, Jiangsu Collaborative Innovation Centre of Biomedical Functional Materials, School of Chemistry and Materials Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210023, China
Dongmei Sun, Jiangsu Key Laboratory of New Power Batteries, Jiangsu Collaborative Innovation Centre of Biomedical Functional Materials, School of Chemistry and Materials Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210023, China
Yawen Tang, Jiangsu Key Laboratory of New Power Batteries, Jiangsu Collaborative Innovation Centre of Biomedical Functional Materials, School of Chemistry and Materials Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210023, China

Keywords

carbon@cyanogel, Pd3Fe/C, ordered intermetallic, electrocatalyst, formic acid oxidation

Abstract

ABSTRACT A novel carbon-supported cyanogel (C@cyanogel)-derived strategy is used to synthesize an intermetallic Pd3Fe/C compound of the desired ordered Pd3Fe phase with a small particle size. The novelty of this work lies in using carbonsupported K2PdIICl4/K4FeII(CN)6 cyanogel as a reaction precursor, generated through the substitution of two chloride ligands by the nitrogen ends of the cyanide ligands on the metal center. The inherent nature of cyanogels can effectively suppress the movement of Pd0 and Fe0 nuclei in the crystal, benefiting the formation of the intermetallic, which is otherwise challenging via traditional synthesis techniques. The ordered Pd3Fe/C catalyst exhibits excellent catalytic activity and good cycle stability for the formic acid oxidation (FAO) reaction relative to the properties of disordered Pd3Fe/C and commercial Pd/C catalysts, demonstrating that the ordered Pd3Fe/C is a promising replacement for commercial Pd-based catalysts. The outstanding performance can be ascribed to the full isolation of active sites in the ordered Pd3Fe structure and the modified electronic structure of the active components. This work provides an effective and novel route to obtain Pd-based intermetallic compounds with potential applications in a wide range of electrocatalysis.

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Publisher

Tsinghua University Press

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