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Zhi-gang SHAO(zhgshao@dicp.ac.cn)


Platinum acetylacetonate (Pt(acac)2) and copper acetylacetonate (Cu(acac)2) were co-reduced to prepare PtCu2 octahedron alloy catalyst in N,N-dimethylformamiade by solvothermal method. The PtCu2 showed lattice compression, and high ratio of non-oxidized Pt with high electronic binding energy. All those structural features contributed to weak adsorption strength of oxygen species on Pt and lower d-band centre position. The influence of structure-directing agent on morphology of PtCu alloy was systematically studied. In the half cell test, as a result of the uniform morphology and regular octahedron of PtCu2 formed, the mass activity and area specific activity of PtCu2/C reached 6.2 and 27.2 times, respectively, relative to those of Pt/C at 0.9 V vs. RHE. Furthermore, after the accelarated degradation test, the mass activity of PtCu2/C still reached 4.5 times compared to that of Pt/C.

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fuel cells, oxygen reduction, PtCu, octahedron

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