, Volume 25, Issue 11, pp 5131–5140 | Cite as

Remarkably enhanced activity of 4A zeolite modified Pt/reduced graphene oxide electrocatalyst towards methanol electrooxidation in alkaline medium

  • Huanhuan Liu
  • Shi Zeng
  • Mingqian He
  • Ping HeEmail author
  • Lingpu Jia
  • Faqin Dong
  • Dingming Yang
  • Jun Gao
  • Shuai Wang
  • Tinghong Zhang
  • Licheng Du
Original Paper


A novel 4A zeolite modified platinum/reduced graphene oxide (Pt/RGO-4A zeolite) electrocatalyst has been successfully synthesized by one-step chemical co-reduction method. The electrocatalytic performances of Pt/RGO-4A zeolite electrocatalyst for methanol electrooxidation are investigated in 1.0 M CH3OH containing 1.0 M KOH solution. The results demonstrate that, with loading of 10% of 4A zeolite, Pt/RGO-4A zeolite electrocatalyst shows higher current density of 319.40 mA mg−1 than Pt/RGO electrocatalyst (88.64 mA mg−1) at the potential of 0.70 V. In addition, Pt/RGO-4A zeolite electrocatalyst still exhibits high electrocatalytic activity even after 4000-s operation, suggesting satisfactory long-term durability. The remarkably enhanced electrocatalytic performances are attributed to the nanoporous structure of 4A zeolite, which significantly promotes the dispersion of Pt nanoparticles and provides substantial fast flow paths for reactants. The results suggest a potential application of Pt/RGO-4A zeolite electrocatalyst to methanol electrooxidation.

Graphical abstract

Shown above are mass-normalized CV curves of all as-prepared Pt/RGO-4A zeolite electrocatalysts in 1.0 M CH3OH + 1.0 M KOH solution at scan rate of 50 mV s−1.


Methanol Electrooxidation Electrocatalyst Platinum Reduced graphene oxide 4A zeolite 


Funding information

This work was supported by the Postgraduate Innovation Fund Project of SWUST (No. 18YCX067), the Longshan Academic Talent Research Supporting Program of SWUST (Nos. 18LZX322 and 17LZX406), the project of Green Manufacturing and System Integration from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (17zg010202), the State Key Laboratory of Solid Waste Recycling and Energy-Saving Building Materials Program (SWR-2016-005), and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 51602267).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Huanhuan Liu
    • 1
  • Shi Zeng
    • 1
  • Mingqian He
    • 2
  • Ping He
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  • Lingpu Jia
    • 1
  • Faqin Dong
    • 4
  • Dingming Yang
    • 1
  • Jun Gao
    • 1
  • Shuai Wang
    • 1
  • Tinghong Zhang
    • 1
  • Licheng Du
    • 1
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory for Environment-friendly Energy Materials, School of Materials Science and EngineeringSouthwest University of Science and TechnologyMianyangPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Sichuan Changhong Battery Co., Ltd.MianyangPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Mianyang Kingtiger New Energy Technology Co., Ltd.MianyangPeople’s Republic of China
  4. 4.Key Laboratory of Solid Waste Treatment and Resource Recycle of Ministry of EducationSouthwest University of Science and TechnologyMianyangPeople’s Republic of China

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