Influence of pH on Morphology and Electro-Activity of Ternary Pt-Co-P/MWCNT Electro-Catalysts Towards Methanol Electro-Oxidation
In this abstract, four supported Pt-based electro-catalysts prepared through impregnation method at different pH values were introduced for MOR. The difference of pH values for composition and crystallization of each electro-catalysts and their electro-catalytic activity was investigated through analyzing X-ray diffraction spectra (XRD), high-resolution transmittance electron micrograph (HRTEM), and cyclic voltammetry curves (CV). The XRD patterns show four obvious widening of diffraction peaks with the increase of pH value which indicates the decrement of particle size and the results are in accordance with our previous investigation. The CV tests show that the electro-catalyst prepared in high pH value perform a relatively high MOR activity comparing with others prepared in lower pH. The promotion of electro-catalytic activity for MOR is mainly due to the diminish of the particle size of electro-catalyst in high pH value which produce low-coordinate site on the surface of nanoparticle. The low-coordination sites show stronger adsorption towards small molecules which facilitate electro-oxidation of methanol on Pt-Co-P electro-catalyst.