Sheela, B. and Arunkumar, P. and Lalitha, S. and Yegnaraman, V. and Bera, S. (2009) Preparation of catalytic films of platinum on Au substrates modified by self-assembled PAMAM dendrimer monolayers. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 88 (3-4). pp. 557-563. ISSN 0926-3373

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In this work we demonstrate the preparation of highly catalytically active Pt formed by the galvanic replacement of the copper adlayer on Au substrates, modified by the self-assembly of fourth generation amine terminated PAMAM dendrimer (G4NH2). The copper adlayer was formed on the dendrimermodified gold substrate by chemical preconcentration of copper ions followed by electrochemical reduction. The Pt overlayer was characterized by SEM, XPS and by cyclic voltammetry. The catalytic efficiency of the modified film thus prepared through soft route was evaluated by the electro catalytic oxidation of methanol using cyclic voltammetry, chronoamperometry and AC impedance techniques. This work also demonstrates that the copper adlayer formed on the dendrimer-modified electrode can undergo galvanic replacement by nobler metals like Au and Ag, besides Pt. An elegant soft route involving a new three-step protocol to build the concentration of active Pt on the Au surface has been developed. Concentration of the same metal (Pt) or two different metals (Pt–Au) can be built at the interface in a stepwise manner at ambient temperature.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pt overlayers; Galvanic replacement; Electro catalysis; Methanol oxidation; PAMAM dendrimers
Subjects: Electrodics and Electrocatalysis
Depositing User: TTBD CECRI
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2012 05:32
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2012 05:32

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