Facile template-free synthesis of pine needle-like Pd micro/nano-leaves and their associated electro-catalytic activities toward oxidation of formic acid
© Zhou et al; licensee Springer. 2011
Received: 27 February 2011
Accepted: 13 May 2011
Published: 13 May 2011
Pine needle-like Pd micro/nano-leaves have been synthesized by a facile, template-free electrochemical method. As-synthesized Pd micro/nano-leaves were directly electrodeposited on an indium tin oxide substrate in the presence of 1.0 mM H2PdCl4 + 0.33 M H3PO4. The formation processes of Pd micro/nano-leaves were revealed by scanning electron microscope, and further characterized by X-ray diffraction and electrochemical analysis. Compared to conventional Pd nanoparticles, as-prepared Pd micro/nano-leaves exhibit superior electrocatalytic activities for the formic acid oxidation.
Energy storage devices including fuel cell, Li-batteries etc. have been developing especially today [1, 2]. Direct formic acid fuel cell has been receiving much attention as one of the most attractive energy sources . Palladium (Pd) was found to show superior catalytic activity for formic acid electrooxidation compared with Pt-based catalysts [4, 5]. Considerable efforts have currently been directed to developing novel Pd catalysts. Due to high-surface area and other unique physicochemical properties, nano-catalysts are known to have a significant effect on promoting the electro-oxidation of formic acid. Well-controlled nanostructures are thereby essential for achieving high efficient catalysts used in fuel cells. From this prospect, Pd nanoparticles with a variety of shapes have been explored, such as microspheres , polygonal nanoparticles [7, 8], nanotubes , nanothorns , nanorods , and nanowires [12–15]. Sun et al. reported the efficiency of formic acid electro-oxidation can be improved by changing the morphology of the Pd nanostructures from nanoparticle to nanowire .
Recently, much attention has been paid to the synthesis of nanomaterials on the basis of electrochemical deposition methods because of their simple operation, high purity, uniform deposits, and easy control [17–19]. In order to obtain nano-architectural Pd catalysts directly grown on substrates by electrodeposition, templates are commonly used . However, the fabrication is relatively complicated with multiple steps. Recently, a few studies on nano-architectural Pd fabrication using direct template-free electrodeposition on an indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode have been reported [21, 22]. Park et al. reported the potentiostatic electrodeposition of Pd dendritic nanowires on an ITO electrode in a solution containing 0.2 M H3BO3 and 0.2 M PdSO4, and they did not find the formation of Pd dendritic nanowires on the ITO substrate through potentiostatic reduction of PdCl2. Kwak et al. reported the electrodeposition of Pd nanoparticles on an ITO electrode by a cyclic voltammetry method in a 0.1 M H2SO4 + 0.1 mM PdCl2 + 0.2 mM HCl solution and their catalytic properties for formic acid oxidation . Clearly, the composition of electrolytes and the different electrochemical methods employed for electrodeposition are critical to the morphology of the formed metal products. The present article provides a facile, one-step, template-free electrodeposition route of Pd micro/nano-leaves. As-formed Pd micro/nano-leaves were found to show promising activity for formic acid electro-oxidation.
Materials and apparatus
PdCl2 (Shanghai Sinopharm Chemicals Reagent Co., Ltd., China) was used as received. Formic acid, H3PO4, and H2SO4 were of analytical-grade purity. Doubly distilled water was used throughout. A 1.0 mM H2PdCl4 solution was prepared by dissolving 0.1773 g of PdCl2 in 10 mL of 0.2 M HCl solution and further diluting to 1000 mL with double-distilled water . The electrochemical experiments were carried out in a conventional three-electrode cell using a CHI 660B potentiostat/galvanostat (Shanghai Chenhua Instrumental Co., Ltd., China) at room temperature. An ITO glass substrate was used as the working electrode. The counter electrode and the reference electrode were platinum wire and saturated calomel electrode (SCE), respectively. The solutions were deaerated by a dry nitrogen stream and maintained with a slight overpressure of nitrogen during the experiments. A scanning electron microscope (SEM, S-4700, Japan) and X-ray diffraction (XRD, X' Pert-Pro MPD, PANalytical Company) were used to determine the morphology and the crystal structure of the sample nanomaterials, respectively.
Preparation of the modified electrode
Before electrodeposition, ITO surface was ultrasonicated sequentially for 20 min in acetone, 10% KOH ethanol solution, and doubly distilled water. The electrodeposition process was conducted in a solution consisting of 1.0 mM H2PdCl4 and 0.33 M H3PO4 using cyclic voltammetry from -0.24 to 1.2 V with a scan rate of 50 mV s-1. The conventional Pd nanoparticles deposited on ITO were prepared by the potentiostatic method at a constant applied potential of -0.2 V in the solution as stated above. As-prepared Pd/ITO electrode was rinsed with water for three times and dried at room temperature. Before the activity test, the electrode was cycled at 50 mV s-1 between -0.3 and 0.8 V in 0.5 M H2SO4 for at least 20 scans. After that the electrode was transferred to the cell containing 0.5 M H2SO4 + 0.5 M HCOOH electrolyte solution. Subsequently, 20 scans were recorded at 50 mV s-1 in the potential range -0.3 to 0.8 V. The amount of Pd (W Pd) loaded onto ITO was analyzed by an inductive coupled plasma emission spectrometer (ICP).
Results and discussion
To pin down the related factors for the formation of Pd micro/nano-leaves, two control experiments have been carried out independently. First, replacing H3PO4 with other acids, e.g., H2SO4, HCl, HNO3, while keeping the other conditions unchanged, no Pd micro/nano-leaves were observed. It is proposed that the formation of Pd micro/nano-leaves is related to the effect driven by phosphate anions. Secondly, using a potentiostatic method instead of the cyclic voltammetry method and keeping the other conditions unchanged, featureless Pd nanoparticles (Figure 1h) were formed. Based on these observations, the existence of H3PO4 and the cyclic voltammetry method are two key factors, which are beneficial to the formation of Pd micro/nano-leaves. First, phosphate anions such as the hydrogen phosphate ion (HPO4 2-) or the dihydrogen phosphate ion (H2PO4 -) in solution are preferentially adsorbed on noble metal single crystals, which can greatly disturb the growth of the plane . The phosphate anions are known to adsorb on the (111) surface of metal electrodes with a face-centered cubic (fcc) crystal structure. Especially, they have already been observed in the adsorption of both H2PO4 - and HPO4 2- on the Pt(111) . Secondly, compared to the potentiostatic method, cyclic voltammetry is an alternating redox process, involving both electrodeposition and dissolution processes, which are critical to the formation of Pd nanoleaf structure. At the same time, varying the experimental conditions, such as the concentration, pH of the initial solution, reaction temperature, and time, may also effect the shape evolution .
Using a simple electrodeposition method, Pd micro/nano-leaves were loaded onto a clean ITO. The Pd micro/nano-leaves are demonstrated to have superior performance in electrocatalytic activity toward the oxidation of formic acid.
inductive coupled plasma emission spectrometer
indium tin oxide
saturated calomel electrode
scanning electron microscope
This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant nos. 20933007, 51073114, 51073074, and 50963002), the 'One Hundred Talents' program of Chinese Academy of Sciences (1029471301), the Opening Project of Xinjiang Key Laboratory of Electronic Information Materials and Devices, the Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions.
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