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High Methanol Oxidation Activity of Well-Dispersed Pt Nanoparticles on Carbon Nanotubes Using Nitrogen Doping

Wei-Chuan Fang

Author Affiliations

Materials and Chemical Research Laboratories, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Chutung 310, Taiwan

Nanoscale Research Letters 2009, 5:68-73  doi:10.1007/s11671-009-9444-1

Published: 9 October 2009

Abstract

Pt nanoparticles (NPs) with the average size of 3.14 nm well dispersed on N-doped carbon nanotubes (CNTs) without any pretreatment have been demonstrated. Structural properties show the characteristic N bonding within CNTs, which provide the good support for uniform distribution of Pt NPs. In electrochemical characteristics, N-doped CNTs covered with Pt NPs show superior current density due to the fact that the so-called N incorporation could give rise to the formation of preferential sites within CNTs accompanied by the low interfacial energy for immobilizing Pt NPs. Therefore, the substantially enhanced methanol oxidation activity performed by N-incorporation technique is highly promising in energy-generation applications.

Keywords:
Methanol oxidation activity; N-doped carbon nanotubes; Energy-generation applications