Acta Physico-Chimica Sinica ›› 2018, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (4): 361-376.doi: 10.3866/PKU.WHXB201708312

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Boosting Oxygen Reduction Catalysis by Tuning the Dimensionality of Pt-based Nanostructures

Mingchuan LUO1, Yingjun SUN1,3, Yingnan QIN1,3, Yong YANG1, Dong WU4, Shaojun GUO1,2,*()   

  1. 1 Department of Materials Science & Engineering, College of Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871, P. R. China
    2 BIC-ESAT, College of Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871, P. R. China
    3 College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Qingdao University of Science and Technology, Qingdao 266042, Shandong Province, P. R. China
    4 Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, Peking University, Beijing 100871, P. R. China
  • Received:2017-06-30 Accepted:2017-08-16 Published:2018-01-02
  • Contact: Shaojun GUO
  • Supported by:
    the National Natural Science Foundation of China(51671003);the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation(2017M610022);the National Basic Research Program of China(2016YFB0100201);the Open Project Foundation of State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, the start-up supports from Peking University;the Young Thousand Talented Program, China


The past decade has witnessed tremendous progress in the improvement of the electrocatalytic efficiency of the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), which is important for the widespread adoption of fuel cells. This review provides an overview of the recent advances in the rational structural design and construction of Pt-based nanocatalysts to achieve higher ORR activity, with an emphasis on tuning the dimensionalities of Pt-based nanocrystals. The advantages and disadvantages of each dimensional catalyst have been discussed. In particular, we focus on a contemporary understanding of the structure-performance relationships based on the combined theoretical and experimental evidence, which can be further applied to guide the search for more exciting catalytic systems. The review concludes with a personal perspective for future research directions.

Key words: Fuel cells, Oxygen reduction reaction, Platinum-based nanocrystals, Dimensionality tuning