Catalysis Letters

, Volume 149, Issue 12, pp 3312–3327 | Cite as

A Highly Efficient and Stable Copper BTC Metal Organic Framework Derived Electrocatalyst for Oxidation of Methanol in DMFC Application

  • Tayyaba NoorEmail author
  • Muhammad Ammad
  • Neelam Zaman
  • Naseem Iqbal
  • Lubna Yaqoob
  • Habib Nasir


In present work the development of copper benzenetricarboxylic acid metal organic framework (Cu-BTC MOF) based electrocatalyst and the effect of graphene oxide on catalytic activity of metal organic framework were studied for methanol oxidation reaction. Cu-MOF was prepared by a facile hydrothermal method and graphene oxide flakes were synthesized via improved Hummer’s method. Surface morphological studies of catalyst were analyzed through scanning electron microscopy technique, which revealed cubic structure of crystals, while the crystallinity and functional groups present were characterized through X-ray Diffraction and FTIR spectroscopy respectively. Electrochemical studies were conducted by using cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and chronoamperometry techniques. Among all series of catalyst, 5 wt% GO/Cu-MOF exhibit highest current density of 120 mA/cm2 at a scan rate value of 50 mV/s at a voltage of 0.9 V.

Graphic Abstract


Metal organic framework (MOF) Methanol oxidation reaction (MOR) Graphene oxide (GO) Direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) Cyclic voltammetry (CV) 



The provisions of lab facilities by School of Chemical and Material Engineering (SCME), NUST and U.S.-Pakistan Centre for Advance Studies in Energy (USPCASE) at NUST are greatly acknowledged by authors for this work. Financial grant from Higher Education Commission, Pakistan under its NRPU program with project no 6013 is also acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tayyaba Noor
    • 1
    Email author
  • Muhammad Ammad
    • 1
  • Neelam Zaman
    • 2
  • Naseem Iqbal
    • 3
  • Lubna Yaqoob
    • 2
  • Habib Nasir
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Chemical and Materials Engineering (SCME)National University of Sciences and TechnologyIslamabadPakistan
  2. 2.School of Natural Sciences (SNS)National University of Sciences and TechnologyIslamabadPakistan
  3. 3.U.S.-Pakistan Centre for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCAS-E)National University of Sciences and TechnologyIslamabadPakistan

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