Nano Research

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Synthesis and electrocatalytic activity of Au@Pd core-shell nanothorns for the oxygen reduction reaction


gold, palladium, porous surface, core–shell structure, oxygen reduction reaction


Bimetallic core–shell nanostructures with porous surfaces have drawn considerable attention due to their promising applications in various fields, including catalysis and electronics. In this work, Au@Pd core–shell nanothorns (CSNTs) with rough and porous surfaces were synthesized for the first time through a facile co-chemical reduction method in the presence of polyallylamine hydrochloride (PAH) and ethylene glycol (EG) at room temperature. The size, morphology, and composition of Au@Pd CSNTs were investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive spec- troscopy (EDX), EDX mapping, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The electrochemical properties of as-synthesized Au@Pd CSNTs were also studied by various electrochemical techniques. Au@Pd CSNTs exhibited remarkably high electrocatalytic activity and durability for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in the alkaline media, owing to the unique porous structure and the synergistic effect between the Au core and Pd shell.

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