Electrochemical investigation of platinum nanoparticles supported on carbon nanotubes as cathode electrocatalysts for direct methanol fuel cell
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The particles of the Pt metal were well dispersed on carbon nanotubes when EG was used and in isopropanol poor dispersion was observed and no further investigation was done on them. The platinum wt% on the supports observed from EDS was 21.8, 19.10 and 16.74wt% for Pt/EMWCNT, Pt/LPGCNT and Pt/ commercial CNT respectively. Pt/LPGMWCNT showed high electro-catalytic activity of 2.48 mA and active surface area of 76 m2/g, toward oxygen reduction, observed from cyclic voltammogram in iv sulfuric acid. Pt/LPGMWCNT also showed better tolerance toward methanol, however it was not highly active towards methanol, and hence the methanol oxidation peak current observed between 0.75 and 08 potential was the smallest. In this study a wide range of instruments was used to characterize the properties and behavior of Platinum nanoparticles on multi-wall carbon nanotubes. To add to the already mentioned, Scanning electrochemical microscopy (SEM), proton induced x-ray emission (PIXE), scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) and Brunauer-Emmett Tellar (BET) were also used.