Synthesis and Electrocatalysis of Pt-Pd Bimetallic Nanocrystals for Fuel Cells

  • Ruizhong Zhang
  • Wei ChenEmail author
Part of the Nanostructure Science and Technology book series (NST)


As a clean energy source, fuel cells have been attracted considerable attention in the past decades. To improve the reaction rates on both anode and cathode of fuel cells, various nanostructured materials have been developed as fuel cell catalysts. It has been demonstrated that the catalytic activities of Pt-based nanocrystals can be considerably enhanced by tuning their electronic properties with the formation of bimetallic structures. Because of the same face-centered cubic structure and almost identical lattice constant, Pd is considered as one of the best candidates to form bimetallic nanocrystals with Pt. In this chapter, we summarize the recent advances in the development of Pt-Pd bimetallic nanocrystals as fuel cell electrocatalysts. First, we highlight several synthetic strategies based on co-chemical reduction, galvanic replacement, seed-mediated growth and the combination of galvanic replacement with chemical reduction (or electrochemical deposition) to manipulate the formation of Pt-Pd nanocrystals with different size, morphology, structure and composition. We then summarize different supporting substrates (graphene, carbon nanotubes, etc.) used to improve the electrocatalytic activity and stability of Pt-Pd nanocrystals. Finally, the application of Pt-Pd bimetallic electrocatalysts in oxygen reduction reaction on cathode and oxidation of small organic molecules on anode is summarized.


Oxygen Reduction Reaction Methanol Oxidation Oxygen Reduction Reaction Activity Formic Acid Oxidation Methanol Oxidation Reaction 
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This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China with the Grant Numbers of 21275136, 21043013 and the Natural Science Foundation of Jilin Province, China (No. 201215090).


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  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of SciencesChangchunChina
  2. 2.University of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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