Engineering the electronic and strained interface for high activity of PdMcore@Ptmonolayer electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction

Haoxiong Nan, Ya Qiong Su, Cheng Tang, Rui Cao, Dong Li, Jia Yu, Quanbing Liu (Corresponding author), Yijie Deng (Corresponding author), Xinlong Tian (Corresponding author)

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Alloyed nanoparticles with core-shell structures provide a favorable model to modulate interfacial interaction and surface structures at the atomic level, which is important for designing electrocatalysts with high activity and durability. Herein, core-shell structured Pd3M@Pt/C nanoparticles with binary PdM alloy cores (M = Fe, Ni, and Co) and a monolayer Pt shell were successfully synthesized with diverse interfaces. Among these, Pd3Fe@Pt/C exhibited the best oxygen reduction reaction catalytic performance, roughly 5.4 times more than that of the commercial Pt/C catalyst used as reference. The significantly enhanced activity is attributed to the combined effects of strain engineering, interfacial electron transfer, and improved Pt utilization. Density functional theory simulations and extended X-ray absorption fine structure analysis revealed that engineering the alloy core with moderate lattice mismatch and alloy composition (Pd3Fe) optimizes the surface oxygen adsorption energy, thereby rendering excellent electrocatalytic activity. Future researches may use this study as a guide on the construction of highly effective core-shell electrocatalysts for various energy conversions and other applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1396-1404
Number of pages9
JournalScience Bulletin
Issue number16
Early online date9 Apr 2020
Publication statusPublished - 30 Aug 2020


  • Diverse interfaces
  • Fuel cells
  • Interface engineering
  • Oxygen reduction reaction
  • Pt monolayer


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