Antiferromagnetic element Mn modified PtCo truncated octahedral nanoparticles with enhanced activity and durability for direct methanol fuel cells

  • Qiqi Zhang
  • Jialong Liu
  • Tianyu XiaEmail author
  • Jie Qi
  • Haochang Lyu
  • Baoyuan Luo
  • Rongming Wang
  • Yizhong Guo
  • Lihua Wang
  • Shouguo WangEmail author
Research Article


Pt-based magnetic nanocatalysts are one of the most suitable candidates for electrocatalytic materials due to their high electrochemistry activity and retrievability. Unfortunately, the inferior durability prevents them from being scaled-up, limiting their commercial applications. Herein, an antiferromagnetic element Mn was introduced into PtCo nanostructured alloy to synthesize uniform Mn-PtCo truncated octahedral nanoparticles (TONPs) by one-pot method. Our results show that Mn can tune the blocking temperature of Mn-PtCo TONPs due to its antiferromagnetism. At low temperatures, Mn-PtCo TONPs are ferromagnetic, and the coercivity increases gradually with increasing Mn contents. At room temperature, the Mn-PtCo TONPs display superparamagnetic behavior, which is greatly helpful for industrial recycling. Mn doping can not only modify the electronic structure of PtCo TONPs but also enhance electrocatalytic performance for methanol oxidation reaction. The maximum specific activity of Mn-PtCo-3 reaches 8.1 A·m-2, 3.6 times of commercial Pt/C (2.2 A·m-2) and 1.4 times of PtCo TONPs (5.6 A·m-2), respectively. The mass activity decreases by only 30% after 2,000 cycles, while it is 45% and 99% (nearly inactive) for PtCo TONPs and commercial Pt/C catalysts, respectively.


Mn-PtCo truncated octahedral nanoparticles antiferromagnetic element magnetic properties electrocatalytic performance 


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The work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation (Nos. 51625101, 51431009, 51801188, and 51701202), the State Key Development Program for Basic Research of China (No. 2015CB921401), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central University Universities of China (No. FRF-TP-16-001C2), the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (No. 2018M632792), Startup Research Fund of Zhengzhou University (No. 32210815), and Bejing Natural Science Foundation (No. Z180014).

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Antiferromagnetic element Mn modified PtCo truncated octahedral nanoparticles with enhanced activity and durability for direct methanol fuel cells


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Qiqi Zhang
    • 1
  • Jialong Liu
    • 2
  • Tianyu Xia
    • 3
    Email author
  • Jie Qi
    • 1
  • Haochang Lyu
    • 1
  • Baoyuan Luo
    • 1
  • Rongming Wang
    • 4
  • Yizhong Guo
    • 5
  • Lihua Wang
    • 5
  • Shouguo Wang
    • 1
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Materials Genome Engineering, School of Materials Science and EngineeringUniversity of Science and Technology BeijingBeijingChina
  2. 2.Institute of Geology and GeophysicsChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.Key Laboratory of Material Physics of Ministry of Education, School of Physics and EngineeringZhengzhou UniversityZhengzhouChina
  4. 4.Institute for multidisciplinary InnovationUniversity of Science and Technology BeijingBeijingChina
  5. 5.Beijng Key Lab of Microstructure and Property of Advanced MaterialsBeijing University of TechnologyBeijingChina

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