Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 54, Issue 6, pp 4579–4588 | Cite as

An adenine-originated N-doped carbon supporting Pd3Ru nanoparticle with high performance for glycerol electrooxidation

  • Bin Ran
  • Shijia Liu
  • Jiao Zhao
  • Ting Tan
  • Bing Liang
  • Wei WangEmail author
Chemical routes to materials


N-doped carbon support can increase “nanoparticle (NPs)-support interaction” and generate more defective sites to promote prepared catalyst’s performance. Adenine can provide a large amount of nitrogen resources and possesses great potential in preparing N-doped carbon support. Herein, in this study, we prepare a catalyst through supporting Pd3Ru nanoparticles on an adenine-originated N-doped carbon support. Electrochemical results indicate that the adenine-originated N-doped carbon supporting on Pd3Ru NPs (Pd3Ru/NC) shows high catalytic performance in comparison with Pd/NC and Pd/C in glycerol electrooxidation. Furthermore, the activity, poisoning tolerance, long durability and stability of the Pd3Ru/NC catalyst are greatly promoted. These results may be brought about by defective sites of adenine-originated NC favoring good NPs dispersion and nucleation, and the bifunctional effects of Pd3Ru alloy, as well as the good interaction between NPs and NC support. All results clearly demonstrate that as-prepared adenine-originated NC support can greatly improve catalytic performance.



We thank the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21561019), the program of Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team in University (IRT-15R56), the Foundation of A Hundred Youth Talents Training Program of Lanzhou Jiaotong University and the Instrument Analysis Center of Lanzhou Jiaotong University.

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All authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Chemical and Biological EngineeringLanzhou Jiaotong UniversityLanzhouChina

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