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Xing-Hua XIA(xhxia@nju.edu.cn)


Bimetallic PtRu nanotubes array electrodes (NTAEs) with varied Pt to Ru atomic ratios have been prepared by electrochemical codeposition in 3-aminopropyltri-methoxysilane modified porous anodic alumina (PAA) membranes. The structure and morphology of the catalysts were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. Electrochemical results showed that the NTAEs with varied atomic ratios could be achieved by controlling the precursor concentration for deposition. The prepared nanoarrays composed of Pt or PtRu alloy promoted the mass-normalized activity toward the sluggish electrooxidation reaction of methanol due to the increased catalytic activity and real surface area, as well as the improved mass transport through the catalysts. Correlations between the anode composition and the electrocatalytic activity of the catalysts toward the electrooxidations of CO and CH3OH were systemically investigated. The PtRu NTAEs containing ca. 50% Ru showed the highest activity for CO electrooxidation, while the PtRu NATEs of 40% Ru for CH3OH electrooxidation.

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electrocatalysts, PtRu, Nanotubes, Methanol, CO

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