Journal of Applied Electrochemistry

, Volume 39, Issue 7, pp 1045–1051 | Cite as

Influence of ethylene glycol, ethanol and formic acid on platinum and ruthenium electrodeposition on carbon support material

  • Juan Manuel SiebenEmail author
  • Marta M. E. Duarte
  • Carlos E. Mayer
  • Julio C. Bazán
Original Paper


Carbon supported Pt–Ru catalysts were prepared by potentiostatic deposition at −0.5 V from H2PtCl6 + RuCl3 in H2SO4 solution in the presence of ethylene glycol (EG), ethanol (EtOH) and formic acid (HCOOH) as stabilizing agents. The active surface area of the Pt–Ru catalyst was determined by Cu-UPD. The highest value was obtained with HCOOH added, followed by EtOH, and EG. SEM and AFM images showed that the mean particle size of the Pt–Ru nanoparticles was three or four times smaller in the presence of a stabilizer. Electrocatalytic activity measurements indicated that the most active electrode for methanol electrooxidation was obtained with EtOH as additive, followed by EG. The electrode prepared with HCOOH additive gave lower catalytic activity than that without stabilizing agent.


Pt–Ru nanostructured catalyst Electrodeposition Ethylene glycol Ethanol Formic acid Methanol oxidation 



This work was supported by ANPCYT Grant No. 10-11133l, CIC and SECyT UNS, Argentina. J.M. Sieben acknowledges CONICET for a doctoral fellowship. The assistance by M.E. Brigante in the UV-vis measurements is also acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan Manuel Sieben
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marta M. E. Duarte
    • 1
    • 2
  • Carlos E. Mayer
    • 1
    • 2
  • Julio C. Bazán
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Instituto de Ingeniería Electroquímica y Corrosión (INIEC)Bahía BlancaArgentina
  2. 2.Comisión de Investigaciones Científicas de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (CIC)Buenos AiresArgentina
  3. 3.Departamento de QuímicaUniversidad Nacional del Sur. Av. Alem 1253Bahía BlancaArgentina

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