Enhanced CO Oxidation and Cyclic Activities in Three-Dimensional Platinum/Indium Tin Oxide/Carbon Black Electrocatalysts Processed by Cathodic Arc Deposition.

Author(s) Na, H.; Choi, H.; Oh, J.W.; Jung, Y.Seul; Cho, Y.Soo
Journal ACS Appl Mater Interfaces
Date Published 2019 Jul 17

There have been extensive efforts to develop competitive electrocatalysts using carbon black (CB) supports for high-performance proton-exchange membrane fuel cells with less usage of Pt. Herein, we propose a very promising electrocatalyst architecture based on the three-dimensional Pt/indium tin oxide (ITO)/CB support structure which was enabled by a nonconventional deposition process ensuring very uniform impregnation of Pt and ITO nanoparticles into the CB network. The unusual scales of the Pt (∼1.9 nm) and ITO (∼5.6 nm) nanoparticles were directly related to unexpectedly better performance of the electrocatalytic activities. As a highlight, the electrochemical surface area of the electrocatalyst was maintained very well after the 3000 cycle-accelerated durability evaluation by demonstrating an excellent retention of ∼74.9%. Particularly, the CO tolerance exhibited a low value of ∼0.68 V as the absorption current peak, compared to ∼0.79 V for a commercial Pt/CB catalyst containing twice more Pt.

DOI 10.1021/acsami.9b06159
ISSN 1944-8252
Citation ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2019;11(28):2517925185.

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