One-pot synthesis of IrNi@Ir core-shell nanoparticles as highly active hydrogen oxidation reaction electrocatalyst in alkaline electrolyte

Di Liu, Siqi Lu, Yanrong Xue, Zhi Guan, Jinjie Fang, Wei Zhu, Zhongbin Zhuang*

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Abstract

Highly active and low cost hydrogen oxidation reaction (HOR) catalysts for anion exchange membrane fuel cells are desired, because the HOR catalytic activity under alkaline condition is much slower than that in acid. Herein, a novel and efficient IrNi@Ir core-shell HOR catalyst was synthesized by a simple one-pot approach using both iridium acetylacetonate and iridium chloride as the Ir sources, beneficial from their different reactivities. The hydrogen binding energy of the surface Ir shell is tuned by the IrNi alloy core, leading to the promoted HOR activity and stability. The mass activity of IrNi@Ir/C is 1.12 mA mg Ir −1 at 0.05 V in 0.1 M KOH, which is 2.4 times that of Ir/C, and also higher than that of commercial Pt/C. It demonstrates that the fine-tuned nanostructure is propitious to the catalytic performance and has potential applications in the future clean energy device.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-32
Number of pages7
JournalNano Energy
Volume59
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2019

Keywords

  • Anion exchange membrane fuel cells
  • Core-shell structure
  • Hydrogen oxidation reaction
  • Iridium based
  • One-pot synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • General Materials Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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