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Acta Physico-Chimica Sinica  2008, Vol. 24 Issue (02): 317-322    DOI: 10.3866/PKU.WHXB20080223
Effects of pH on the PtRu/C Catalyst Prepared by Microwave-assisted Ethylene Glycol Process
LIANG Ying; LIAO Dai-Wei
Department of Chemistry, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005, Fujian Province, P. R. China
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Abstract  PtRu nanoparticles supported on the carbon, with different mean particle sizes, were synthesized by microwave-assisted ethylene glycol process, the effects of pH on the PtRu/C catalyst were mainly investigated. UV-Vis spectroscopy, energy dispersive X-ray analysis, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction were applied to characterize the PtRu nanoparticles. The solution pH had important influence on the metal particle size. TEMresults indicated that the PtRu mean particle size decreased from 3.5 nm to 1.5 nm with the increase of pH value. However, when pH value reached 11.0, the metal loading of synthesized catalyst decreased distinctly because the metal nanoparticles were protected in solution. The results showed that the PtRu/C catalyst synthesized at pH ca 9.0, with appropriate particle sizes (2.4 nm) and homogenous dispersed particles, had the highest electrocatalytic activity for methanol electrooxidation among all the synthesized catalysts.

Key wordsMicrowave heating      PtRu catalyst      Particles size      Methanol electrooxidation     
Received: 10 August 2007      Published: 24 December 2007
MSC2000:  O646  
Corresponding Authors: LIAO Dai-Wei     E-mail:
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LIANG Ying; LIAO Dai-Wei. Effects of pH on the PtRu/C Catalyst Prepared by Microwave-assisted Ethylene Glycol Process. Acta Physico-Chimica Sinica, 2008, 24(02): 317-322.

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