Journal of Applied Electrochemistry

, Volume 36, Issue 8, pp 847–862 | Cite as

Deposition of clusters and nanoparticles onto boron-doped diamond electrodes for electrocatalysis

  • G. Siné
  • I. Duo
  • B. El Roustom
  • G. Fóti
  • Ch. ComninellisEmail author
Reviews in Applied Electrochemistry Number 62


Metal and metal oxide particles and nanoparticles, differing from each other by their nature and synthesis technique, were deposited onto boron-doped diamond (BDD) thin film electrodes. The applicability in electrocatalysis of thermally decomposed IrO2 and Au nanoparticles, electrodeposited Pt particles, dendrimer-encapsulated Pt nanoparticles (Pt DENs) and microemulsion-synthesized Pt/Ru nanoparticles was studied, once deposited on BDD substrate. In all cases, the electrochemical response of the composite electrodes could be solely attributed to the supported particles. All the particles, with the exception of Pt DENs, exhibited electrocatalytic activity. Pt DENs inactivity has been attributed to insufficient removal of the dendrimer polymer matrix. It was concluded that the BDD electrode is a suitable substrate for the electrochemical investigation of supported catalytic nanoparticles.


BDD electrode Nanoparticles Dendrimer Electrocatalysis Electrodeposition Microemulsion Thermal decomposition Oxygen evolution Methanol oxidation 


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The authors thank the CSEM (Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique SA, Neuchâtel, Switzerland) for preparing the BDD electrodes. Financial support from the Fonds National Suisse de la Recherche Scientifique is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Siné
    • 1
  • I. Duo
    • 1
  • B. El Roustom
    • 1
  • G. Fóti
    • 1
  • Ch. Comninellis
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)LausanneSwitzerland

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