Nano Research

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Graphene-induced Pd nanodendrites: A high performance hybrid nanoelectrocatalyst


nanodendrites reduced graphene methanol oxidation surface poisoning


ABSTRACT A facile and green approach has been developed for the in situ synthesis of hybrid nanomaterials based on dendrite-shaped Pd nanostructures supported on graphene (RG). The as-synthesized hybrid nanomaterials (RG–PdnDs) have been thoroughly characterized by high resolution transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and electrochemical techniques. The mechanism of formation of such dendriteshaped Pd nanostructures on the graphene support has been elucidated using TEM measurements. The RG induces the formation of, and plays a decisive role in shaping, the dendrite morphology of Pd nanostructures on its surface. Cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry techniques have been employed to evaluate the electrochemical performance of RG–PdnDs towards oxidation of methanol. The electrochemical (EC) activities of RG–PdnDs are compared with graphene-supported spherical-shaped Pd nanostructures, Pd nanodendrites alone and a commercial available Pd/C counterpart. The combined effect of the graphene support and the dendrite morphology of RG–PdnDs triggers the high electrocatalytic activity and results in robust tolerance to CO poisoning.

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Tsinghua University Press