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Yong-Jun LI(liyongjunef@gmail.com)


Two-dimensional flower-like Pt nanostructures (2D FPNs) were fabricated on glassy carbon substrates by galvanostatical electrochemical technique. The electrolyte was the HAuCl4 + HClO4 aqueous solution without addition of any structure-directing organic reagent, which made as-prepared Pt nanostructures cleaner, exhibiting much higher reactivity. Scanning electron microscopic images revealed that 2D FPNs were spherical Pt nano-flowers constructed by the smallest building blocks, nano-leaves. The number density of spherical Pt nano-flowers can be tuned by controlling the electrodeposition time. High resolution transmission electron microscopic images indicated that each nano-leaf was formed by growing along Pt(111) direction. Electrocatalytic activities of as-prepared 2D FPNs were closely linked with the electrodeposition time. The electrocatalytic activity of 2D FPNs under the optimized electrodeposition time was slightly higher than that of the commercial Pt/C catalyst with much better tolerance to CO-like poisoning molecules. It may be attributed to the exposure of specified facets and the cleanness of surface.

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platinum, methanol, nanostructure, electrodeposition, electrocatalytic, oxidation

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