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Development of rice straw black liquor based porous carbon-poly(aniline-co-methoxy aniline) as supporting for electrochemical performances of alcohol oxidations

  • Selvaraj Vaithilingam
  • Thamil Magal Ramanujam
Original Papers


The present work had attempted to develop rice straw black liquor based porous carbon-poly (aniline-co-methoxy aniline) composite added catalysts for alcohol oxidation. In this aspect, nanoparticles of platinum-iridium and platinum were deposited on poly(aniline-co-methoxy aniline)-rice straw black liquor based porous carbon (Poly(Ani-co-MAni)-RSBLPC) composite. The electrochemical test has been carried out using Pt-Ir/Poly(Ani-co-MAni)-RSBLPC and Pt/Poly(Ani-co-MAni)-RSBLPC electrocatalysts in an alkaline solution of methanol, ethylene glycol, and glycerol. For comparison, the electrochemical performance test is also done using Pt/Poly(Ani-co-MAni) and Pt/RSBLPC catalysts in basic solution of methanol. From electrochemical studies, it was noticed that platinum nanoparticles decorated Poly(Ani-co-MAni)-RSBLPC reveals a significant enhancement towards the oxidation of methanol in comparison with Pt/Poly(Ani-co-MAni) and Pt/RSBLPC catalysts, which will be expected from the synergic effect of rice straw black liquor based porous carbon and conductive polymer material. Furthermore, the bimetallic Pt-Ir/Poly(Ani-co-MAni)-RSBLPC catalyst showed enhanced catalytic activity in comparison with monometallic Pt/Poly(Ani-co-MAni)-RSBLPC catalyst. The above results suggested that Poly(Ani-co-MAni)-RSBLPC composite is a potent support and could be used as a potent low cost support for catalyst deposition towards fuel cell industries that include the applications of sensor and super capacitor.


Platinum Platinum-iridium Poly(Ani-co-MAni)-RSBLPC Electrooxidation Alcohol 


Funding information

The authors like to thank DST/Nanomission, New Delhi, India, for the financial support to carry out this work and the establishment of Nanotech Research Lab through the grant No. SR/NM/NS-05/2011(G).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Selvaraj Vaithilingam
    • 1
  • Thamil Magal Ramanujam
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Nanotech Research Lab, Department of ChemistryUniversity College of Engineering Villupuram, (A Constituent College of Anna University, Chennai)VillupuramIndia
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryUniversity College of Engineering Panruti, (A Constituent College of Anna University, Chennai)PanrutiIndia

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