Simultaneous sulfonation and reduction of graphene oxide as highly efficient supports for metal nanocatalysts

Daping He, Zongkui Kou, Yuli Xiong, Kun Cheng, Xu Chen, Mu Pan, Shichun Mu

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Abstract

The sulfonated reduced graphene oxide (S-rGO) as supports and size-controlled Pt nanoparticles (NPs) for proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) catalysts was investigated. The S-rGO was fabricated by a lyophilization-assisted method from a liquid mixture of GO and (NH4)2SO4 with a subsequent thermal treatment in inert gas. Sulfonic acid groups were grafted on GO and a reduction of GO was achieved simultaneously. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) results showed a uniform deposition of Pt NPs on S-rGO (Pt/S-rGO) with a narrow particle size distribution ranging from 2 to 5 nm in diameter. A higher catalytic activity of this novel Pt/S-rGO catalyst was revealed in comparison with that of Pt/GO, Pt/rGO and conventional Pt/C catalysts by cyclic voltammetry and oxygen reduction reaction measurements due to an enhanced triphase boundary. Significantly, the Pt/S-rGO catalyst also presented an excellent electrochemical stability. This new catalyst thus holds a great potential application in PEMFCs in terms of enhanced activity and durability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)312-319
JournalCarbon
Volume66
Early online date11 Sep 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014

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