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  1. DETERMINING THE ACUTE TOXIC EFFECTS OF POLY(VINYLFERROCENIUM SUPPORTED PLATINUM NANOPARTICLE (PT/PVF+ NPS ON APIS MELLIFERA

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    Yeşim Dağlıoğlu

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The use of engineering nanomaterials on a large scale along with their production, and their potential effects on the environment and on human health as well as their environmental emission have increased these concerns. For this reason, nanoparticles which are released into the environment are necessary determine the toxicity by using indicator organisms. With this study, it was aimed that the acute toxic effects of Polyvinylferrocene (PVF+- supported platinum (Pt nanoparticle (Pt/PVF+ NPs, Poly(vinylferrocenium (PVF+ and K2PtCl4 be evaluted comparatively by using the honey bees (Apis Mellifera. LC50 values for 48 and 96 hours of these substances respectively; 713.290 ve 6.899 mg/l for K2PtCl4; 12458374.000 ve 178.262 mg/l for Pt/PVF+ NPs and 148.153 ve 0.344 mg/l for PVF+. When we look at this value, the toxic effect for all three substance had increased on a serious level, depending on the exposure time.

  2. Novel Nanohybrids Derived from the Attachment of FePt Nanoparticles on Carbon Nanotubes

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    Tsoufis, Theodoros; Tomou, Aphrodite; Gournis, Dimitrios; Douvalis, Alexios P.; Panagiotopoulos, Ioannis; Kooi, Bart; Georgakilas, Vasilios; Arfaoui, Imad; Bakas, Thomas

    2008-01-01

    Multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were used as nanotemplates for the dispersion and stabilization of FePt nanoparticles (NPs). Pre-formed capped FePt NPs were connected to the MWCNTs external surface via covalent binding through organic linkers. Free FePt NPs and MWCNTs-FePt hybrids were anneale

  3. Resistive random access memory utilizing ferritin protein with Pt nanoparticles

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    Uenuma, Mutsunori; Kawano, Kentaro; Zheng Bin; Okamoto, Naofumi; Horita, Masahiro; Yoshii, Shigeo; Yamashita, Ichiro; Uraoka, Yukiharu, E-mail: uenuma@ms.naist.jp [Nara Institute of Science and Technology, 8916-5, Takayama, Ikoma, Nara 630-0192 (Japan)

    2011-05-27

    This study reports controlled single conductive paths found in resistive random access memory (ReRAM) formed by embedding Pt nanoparticles (Pt NPs) in NiO film. Homogeneous Pt NPs produced and placed by ferritin protein produce electric field convergence which leads to controlled conductive path formation. The ReRAM with Pt NPs shows stable switching behavior. A Pt NP density decrease results in an increase of OFF state resistance and decrease of forming voltage, whereas ON resistance was independent of the Pt NP density, which indicates that a single metal NP in a memory cell will achieve low power and stable operation.

  4. Atomically thin Pt shells on Au nanoparticle cores: facile synthesis and efficient synergetic catalysis

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    Engelbrekt, Christian; Seselj, Nedjeljko; Poreddy, Raju

    2016-01-01

    We present a facile synthesis protocol for atomically thin platinum (Pt) shells on top of gold (Au) nanoparticles (NPs) (Au@PtNPs) in one pot under mild conditions. The Au@PtNPs exhibited remarkable stability (> 2 years) at room temperature. The synthesis, bimetallic nanostructures and catalytic...... clearly show that the active surface is dominated by Pt with a specific surface area above 45 m2 per gram of Pt. Interactions with the Au core increase the activity of the Pt shell by up to 55% and improve catalytic selectivity compared to pure Pt. The Au@Pt NPs show exciting catalytic activity...

  5. Electrochemical preparation of Au-PtNPs/SWNT modified electrode and its application%Au-PtNPs/SWNT复合材料修饰电极的电化学制备及其应用

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    李春兰; 朱效华; 朱旭; 徐茂田

    2013-01-01

    The Au-PtNPs/SWNT modified electrode was prepared by an electrochemical method at room temperature. The surface morphology of the modified electrode was measured by AFM and the results indicate that there are dispersions and high loadings of Au-Pt nanoparticles on SWNT. Under the optimal modification conditions(Electrodeposition of SWNT for 30 s,soaking in H2PtO6 for 10 minutes,multi-step deposition of gold nanoparticles for 45 cycles(glucose) or 30 cycles( methanol) ) ,glucose and methanol can be electrocatalytically oxidized on the surface of Au-PtNPs/SWNT modified electrode in alkaline environment Thus,the Au-Pt-NPs/SWNT/GCE is expected to be applied as a nonenzymatic glucose sensor or in the filed of methanol fuel cells.%在室温条件下,利用恒电位吸附法和多电位阶跃法制备了金-铂纳米粒子(Au-PtNPs)/单壁碳纳米管(SWNT)复合材料修饰电极,并利用电化学方法和原子力显微镜(AFM)对其进行了表征.结果表明:Au-Pt-NPs可很好的结合在SWNT表面,在该电极的最佳修饰条件下(SWNT分散液中电沉积30 s,H2PtO6中浸泡10min,循环阶跃沉积金纳米粒子45次(葡萄糖)或30次(甲醇))可以较好的电催化氧化碱性环境中的葡萄糖及甲醇,有望在葡萄糖无酶传感器及甲醇燃料电池中得到应用.

  6. A novel preparation method of Sn-modified Pt nanoparticles and application for methanol oxidation

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    Du, Yongling; Su, Biquan; Zhang, Nuo; Wang, Chunming

    2008-12-01

    With polystyrene latex spheres self-assembled on ITO glass as templates, highly ordered two-dimensional (2D) Pt nanoparticles (PtNPs) were prepared by electrochemical deposition. The morphology and element composition of PtNPs were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The electrocatalytic properties of PtNPs/ITO and Sn underpotential deposition (UPD) modified PtNPs/ITO for methanol oxidation has been investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and chronoamperometry (CA). The excellent electrocatalytic activity can be observed for these catalytic systems.

  7. Green synthesis of anticancerous honeycomb PtNPs clusters: Their alteration effect on BSA and HsDNA using fluorescence probe.

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    Pansare, Amol V; Kulal, Dnyaneshwar K; Shedge, Amol A; Patil, Vishwanath R

    2016-09-01

    The screening and characterization of cancer cells has been challenging due to sample insufficiency and extravagant. In this article, we highlighted easy green synthesis of Platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs) in the honeycomb like clusters, and their optical properties (by HRTEM, XRD, DLS, Zeta potential, EDAX, and UV-Visible techniques). PtNPs were responsive of binding mechanisms with the bovine serum albumin (BSA), herring sperm deoxyribonucleic acid (HsDNA) and cytotoxicity of human carcinomas cell. We are able to elucidate the responses of various concentrations of PtNPs for the control of MDA-MB-468 cell and binding conformation of BSA and HsDNA by using multi-spectroscopic techniques under the physiological conditions. The extent of quenching was in agreement of PtNPs-BSA binding reaction was mainly a static. The Ksv, K, the number of binding sites at different temperatures and the thermodynamic parameters between BSA and PtNPs were calculated. The positive ΔS(0) and negative ΔH(0), ΔG(0) values indicated that the binding pattern was determined by spontaneous hydrogen bond electrostatic interaction of BSA with esterage like activity. The binding properties of the PtNPs with HsDNA have been investigated by thermal denaturation, competitive DNA-binding studies with ethidium bromide (EB), Hochest-33258 and relative viscosity. The negative ΔH(0), ΔS(0) and ΔG(0) values indicated that the hydrophilic interaction were main force in spontaneity in binding mechanism of PtNPs to HsDNA. GI50 value of PtNPs demonstrated that these nanoparticles showed cytotoxicity against MDA-MB-468 human breast cancer cell line. Our results also clarified that PtNPs bind to BSA and can be effectively transported in the body and eliminated. PtNPs showed minor groove binding with HsDNA, which could be a useful guideline for further versatile approach to develop biomedical coatings with different functions of drug design.

  8. Transport of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) in soil.

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    Sagee, Omer; Dror, Ishai; Berkowitz, Brian

    2012-07-01

    The effect of soil properties on the transport of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) was studied in a set of laboratory column experiments, using different combinations of size fractions of a Mediterranean sandy clay soil. The AgNPs with average size of ~30nm yielded a stable suspension in water with zeta potential of -39mV. Early breakthrough of AgNPs in soil was observed in column transport experiments. AgNPs were found to have high mobility in soil with outlet relative concentrations ranging from 30% to 70%, depending on experimental conditions. AgNP mobility through the column decreased when the fraction of smaller soil aggregates was larger. The early breakthrough pattern was not observed for AgNPs in pure quartz columns nor for bromide tracer in soil columns, suggesting that early breakthrough is related to the nature of AgNP transport in natural soils. Micro-CT and image analysis used to investigate structural features of the soil, suggest that soil aggregate size strongly affects AgNP transport in natural soil. The retention of AgNPs in the soil column was reduced when humic acid was added to the leaching solution, while a lower flow rate (Darcy velocity of 0.17cm/min versus 0.66cm/min) resulted in higher retention of AgNPs in the soil. When soil residual chloride was exchanged by nitrate prior to column experiments, significantly improved mobility of AgNPs was observed in the soil column. These findings point to the importance of AgNP-soil chemical interactions as a retention mechanism, and demonstrate the need to employ natural soils rather than glass beads or quartz in representative experimental investigations.

  9. Synthesis of Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) with Antibacterial Activity

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    Campillo Gloria, E.; Ederley, Vélez; Gladis, Morales; César, Hincapié; Jaime, Osorio; Oscar, Arnache; Uribe José, Ignacio; Franklin, Jaramillo

    2017-06-01

    The synthesis of nanomaterials is currently one of the most active in nanoscience branches; especially those help improve the human quality life. Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are an example of this as it is known to have inhibitory and bactericidal effects. In this work, we report the synthesis of silver nanoparticles by chemical reduction method of silver nitrate (AgNO3) from aqueous solution, using a mix of polivinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) - Aloe Vera as reducing agent and for stabilization and control of particle size. Silver nanoparticles obtained were characterized by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), UV-visible spectroscopy and measurements using Zetasizer Nano ZS were applied to size estimation. The existence of surface plasmon resonance peak at λmax ~ 420 nm is evidence of silver nanoparticles formation. It was possible to standardize an appropriate protocol for the evaluation of bactericidal activity of the nanoparticles, for mesophilic microorganisms. Bactericidal activity above 90% against these kinds of bacteria was demonstrated.

  10. Monolayer-directed Assembly and Magnetic Properties of FePt Nanoparticles on Patterned Aluminum Oxide

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    Yildirim, Oktay; Gang, Tian; Kinge, Sachin; Reinhoudt, David N.; Blank, Dave H.; Wiel, van der Wilfred G.; Rijnders, Guus; Huskens, Jurriaan

    2010-01-01

    FePt nanoparticles (NPs) were assembled on aluminum oxide substrates, and their ferromagnetic properties were studied before and after thermal annealing. For the first time, phosph(on)ates were used as an adsorbate to form self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on alumina to direct the assembly of NPs ont

  11. Synergistic Effects in CNTs-PdAu/Pt Trimetallic Nanoparticles with High Electrocatalytic Activity and Stability

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    Cai, Xin-Lei; Liu, Chang-Hai; Liu, Jie; Lu, Ying; Zhong, Ya-Nan; Nie, Kai-Qi; Xu, Jian-Long; Gao, Xu; Sun, Xu-Hui; Wang, Sui-Dong

    2017-10-01

    We present a straightforward physical approach for synthesizing multiwalled carbon nanotubes (CNTs)-PdAu/Pt trimetallic nanoparticles (NPs), which allows predesign and control of the metal compositional ratio by simply adjusting the sputtering targets and conditions. The small-sized CNTs-PdAu/Pt NPs ( 3 nm, Pd/Au/Pt ratio of 3:1:2) act as nanocatalysts for the methanol oxidation reaction (MOR), showing excellent performance with electrocatalytic peak current of 4.4 A mg Pt -1 and high stability over 7000 s. The electrocatalytic activity and stability of the PdAu/Pt trimetallic NPs are much superior to those of the corresponding Pd/Pt and Au/Pt bimetallic NPs, as well as a commercial Pt/C catalyst. Systematic investigation of the microscopic, crystalline, and electronic structure of the PdAu/Pt NPs reveals alloying and charge redistribution in the PdAu/Pt NPs, which are responsible for the promotion of the electrocatalytic performance.

  12. Various types of semiconductor photocatalysts modified by CdTe QDs and Pt NPs for toluene photooxidation in the gas phase under visible light

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    Marchelek, M.; Grabowska, E.; Klimczuk, T.; Lisowski, W.; Zaleska-Medynska, A.

    2017-01-01

    A novel synthesis process was used to prepare TiO2 microspheres, TiO2 P-25, SrTiO3 and KTaO3 decorated by CdTe QDs and/or Pt NPs. The effect of semiconductor matrix, presence of CdTe QDs and/or Pt NPs on the semiconductor surface as well as deposition technique of Pt NPs (photodeposition or radiolysis) on the photocatalytic activity were investigated. The as-prepared samples were characterized by X-ray powder diffractometry (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) with energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), photoluminescence spectrometry (PL), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and Raman spectra, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and BET surface area analysis. The photocatalytic decomposition of toluene in gas phase, activated by light-emitting diodes (LEDs), with the CdTe/Pt nanoparticles-modified TiO2 microspheres, P25, SrTiO3 and KTaO3 semiconductors was investigated under UV-vis and visible irradiation.The results showed that the photoactivity depends on semiconductor matrix. The highest photoactivity under Vis light was observed for KTaO3/CdTe-Pt(R) sample (56% of toluene was decompose after 30 min of irradiation). The efficiency of the most active sample was 3 times higher than result for P25 and two times higher than for unmodified KTaO3.

  13. Green synthesis and characterization of Au@Pt core-shell bimetallic nanoparticles using gallic acid

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    Zhang, Guojun; Zheng, Hongmei; Shen, Ming; Wang, Lei; Wang, Xiaosan

    2015-06-01

    In this study, we developed a facile and benign green synthesis approach for the successful fabrication of well-dispersed urchin-like Au@Pt core-shell nanoparticles (NPs) using gallic acid (GA) as both a reducing and protecting agent. The proposed one-step synthesis exploits the differences in the reduction potentials of AuCl4- and PtCl62-, where the AuCl4- ions are preferentially reduced to Au cores and the PtCl62- ions are then deposited continuously onto the Au core surface as a Pt shell. The as-prepared Au@Pt NPs were characterized by transmission electron microscope (TEM); high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HR-TEM); scanning electron microscope (SEM); UV-vis absorption spectra (UV-vis); X-ray diffraction (XRD); Fourier transmission infrared spectra (FT-IR). We systematically investigated the effects of some experimental parameters on the formation of the Au@Pt NPs, i.e., the reaction temperature, the molar ratios of HAuCl4/H2PtCl6, and the amount of GA. When polyvinylpyrrolidone K-30 (PVP) was used as a protecting agent, the Au@Pt core-shell NPs obtained using this green synthesis method were better dispersed and smaller in size. The as-prepared Au@Pt NPs exhibited better catalytic activity in the reaction where NaBH4 reduced p-nitrophenol to p-aminophenol. However, the results showed that the Au@Pt bimetallic NPs had a lower catalytic activity than the pure Au NPs obtained by the same method, which confirmed the formation of Au@Pt core-shell nanostructures because the active sites on the surfaces of the Au NPs were covered with a Pt shell.

  14. Synthesis of Green Metallic Nanoparticles (NPs and Applications

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    Varahalarao Vadlapudi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanotechnology (NT is a field that is mushrooming, making an impact in all spheres of human life. Presently available literature revealed that the NP synthesis using medicinal plants, microorganisms and algae and others as source has been unexplored and underexploited. NT is very important in developing sustainable technologies for the future, for humanity and the environment. The development of green processes for the synthesis of NP is evolving into an important branch of nanotechnology. Natural sources of nanoparticles include fires and volcanic eruptions. The nanotechnology have short to long term uses like environmental pollution cleanup, efficient and safe drug delivery mechanisms with less side effects, developments in information technology, self-cleaning window glass , ‘smart’ fabrics which adjust to suit the temperature. Plant mediated synthesis of metal nanoparticles is gaining more importance owing to its simplicity, rapid rate of synthesis of NP of attractive and diverse morphologies and elimination of elaborate maintenance of cell cultures and ecofriendliness. It has many advantages such as, ease with which the process can be measured up, economic viability and etc. Presently, the researchers are looking into the development of cost-effective procedures for producing reproducible, stable and biocompatible metal NPs.

  15. Biomimetic Synthesis of FePt Nanoparticles on Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes for Functional Nanomaterials

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    Wang, Li; Wang, Jiku; Li, Zhuang

    2013-02-01

    We present a facile green biomimetic synthesis of FePt nanoparticles (NPs) on the sidewalls of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs). A core-shell globular protein, ferritin (Fr), was bound onto Z-glycine N-succinimidyl ester (Z-Gly-OSu) modified CNTs and served as precursor to create FePt NPs at the core part of Fr. Biomimetic synthesis of FePt NPs was carried out by chemical reducing of Fe2+ and PtCl_{6}^{2-} ions that transferred into the core part of Fr molecules. The created one-dimensional CNT-FePt nanohybrids were characterized by transmission electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The synthesized CNT-FePt nanohybrids show multi-properties of high water-solubility, ferromagnetism, and electrocatalytic activity.

  16. High methanol oxidation activity of well-dispersed pt nanoparticles on carbon nanotubes using nitrogen doping.

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    Fang, Wei-Chuan

    2009-10-09

    Pt nanoparticles (NPs) with the average size of 3.14 nm well dispersed on N-doped carbon nanotubes (CNTs) without any pretreatment have been demonstrated. Structural properties show the characteristic N bonding within CNTs, which provide the good support for uniform distribution of Pt NPs. In electrochemical characteristics, N-doped CNTs covered with Pt NPs show superior current density due to the fact that the so-called N incorporation could give rise to the formation of preferential sites within CNTs accompanied by the low interfacial energy for immobilizing Pt NPs. Therefore, the substantially enhanced methanol oxidation activity performed by N-incorporation technique is highly promising in energy-generation applications.

  17. High Methanol Oxidation Activity of Well-Dispersed Pt Nanoparticles on Carbon Nanotubes Using Nitrogen Doping

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    Fang Wei-Chuan

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Pt nanoparticles (NPs with the average size of 3.14 nm well dispersed on N-doped carbon nanotubes (CNTs without any pretreatment have been demonstrated. Structural properties show the characteristic N bonding within CNTs, which provide the good support for uniform distribution of Pt NPs. In electrochemical characteristics, N-doped CNTs covered with Pt NPs show superior current density due to the fact that the so-called N incorporation could give rise to the formation of preferential sites within CNTs accompanied by the low interfacial energy for immobilizing Pt NPs. Therefore, the substantially enhanced methanol oxidation activity performed by N-incorporation technique is highly promising in energy-generation applications.

  18. Comparative study of antimicrobial activity of AgBr and Ag nanoparticles (NPs).

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    Suchomel, Petr; Kvitek, Libor; Panacek, Ales; Prucek, Robert; Hrbac, Jan; Vecerova, Renata; Zboril, Radek

    2015-01-01

    The diverse mechanism of antimicrobial activity of Ag and AgBr nanoparticles against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria and also against several strains of candida was explored in this study. The AgBr nanoparticles (NPs) were prepared by simple precipitation of silver nitrate by potassium bromide in the presence of stabilizing polymers. The used polymers (PEG, PVP, PVA, and HEC) influence significantly the size of the prepared AgBr NPs dependently on the mode of interaction of polymer with Ag+ ions. Small NPs (diameter of about 60-70 nm) were formed in the presence of the polymer with low interaction as are PEG and HEC, the polymers which interact with Ag+ strongly produce nearly two times bigger NPs (120-130 nm). The prepared AgBr NPs were transformed to Ag NPs by the reduction using NaBH4. The sizes of the produced Ag NPs followed the same trends--the smallest NPs were produced in the presence of PEG and HEC polymers. Prepared AgBr and Ag NPs dispersions were tested for their biological activity. The obtained results of antimicrobial activity of AgBr and Ag NPs are discussed in terms of possible mechanism of the action of these NPs against tested microbial strains. The AgBr NPs are more effective against gram-negative bacteria and tested yeast strains while Ag NPs show the best antibacterial action against gram-positive bacteria strains.

  19. A dispenser-reactor apparatus applied for in situ XAS monitoring of Pt nanoparticle formation.

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    Boita, Jocenir; Castegnaro, Marcus Vinicius; Alves, Maria do Carmo Martins; Morais, Jonder

    2015-05-01

    In situ time-resolved X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) measurements collected at the Pt L3-edge during the synthesis of Pt nanoparticles (NPs) in aqueous solution are reported. A specially designed dispenser-reactor apparatus allowed for monitoring changes in the XAS spectra from the earliest moments of Pt ions in solution until the formation of metallic nanoparticles with a mean diameter of 4.9 ± 1.1 nm. By monitoring the changes in the local chemical environment of the Pt atoms in real time, it was possible to observe that the NPs formation kinetics involved two stages: a reduction-nucleation burst followed by a slow growth and stabilization of NPs. Subsequently, the synthesized Pt NPs were supported on activated carbon and characterized by synchrotron-radiation-excited X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS). The supported Pt NPs remained in the metallic chemical state and with a reduced size, presenting slight lattice parameter contraction in comparison with the bulk Pt values.

  20. Monolayer-directed Assembly and Magnetic Properties of FePt Nanoparticles on Patterned Aluminum Oxide

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    Guus Rijnders; Jurriaan Huskens; van der Wiel, Wilfred G.; Blank, Dave H. A.; Reinhoudt, David N.; Sachin Kinge; Tian Gang; Oktay Yildirim

    2010-01-01

    FePt nanoparticles (NPs) were assembled on aluminum oxide substrates, and their ferromagnetic properties were studied before and after thermal annealing. For the first time, phosph(on)ates were used as an adsorbate to form self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on alumina to direct the assembly of NPs onto the surface. The Al2O3 substrates were functionalized with aminobutylphosphonic acid (ABP) or phosphonoundecanoic acid (PNDA) SAMs or with poly(ethyleneimine) (PEI) as a reference. FePt NPs assem...

  1. From mixed to three-layer core/shell PtCu nanoparticles: ligand-induced surface segregation to enhance electrocatalytic activity.

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    Dai, Changqing; Yang, Yang; Zhao, Zheng; Fisher, Adrian; Liu, Zhiping; Cheng, Daojian

    2017-07-06

    Core-shell segregated bimetallic nanoparticles (NPs) exhibit increased enhanced catalytic performance compared to that of mixed bimetallic NPs. Here, we report a simple, yet efficient, one-pot synthetic strategy to synthesize uniform three-layer core/shell PtCu NPs by adding benzyl ether (BE) in the synthesis process of mixed PtCu NPs. In comparison with commercial Pt/C and also mixed PtCu NPs, the three-layer core/shell PtCu NPs exhibit superior activity in catalyzing the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), formic acid oxidation reaction (FAOR), methanol oxidation reaction (MOR), and ethanol oxidation reaction (EOR), mainly due to the ligand (BE)-induced surface segregation of Pt on the surface of the NPs.

  2. Chemically ordered face-centred tetragonal Fe–Pt nanoparticles embedded SiO2 films

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    Sourav Pramanik; Goutam De

    2012-12-01

    Chemically ordered face-centred tetragonal (fct) Fe–Pt alloy nanoparticles (NPs) embedded SiO2 films were synthesized on glass substrate by in situ hybrid sol–gel approach followed by heating at 450–900 °C in air and reducing (10% H2–90% Ar) atmospheres. Heat treatment of Fe/Pt co-doped films in air caused generation of Pt NPs first. At this stage, Fe remained in ionic state covalently bonded with silica network. Further heat treatment at 800–900 °C in reducing atmosphere facilitated the formation of uniformly dispersed fct Fe–Pt alloy NPs in amorphous SiO2 film matrix. The generated alloy composition was estimated by grazing incidence X-ray diffraction and TEM analysis to be Fe0.42Pt0.58 which is close to the nominal value.

  3. Easy synthesis approach of Pt-nanoparticles on polyaniline surface: an efficient electro-catalyst for methanol oxidation reaction

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    Mondal, Sanjoy; Malik, Sudip

    2016-10-01

    A facile room temperature and surfactant free synthesis of platinum nanoparticles (Pt-NPs) on benzene tetra-carboxylic acid doped polyaniline (BDP) tube has been successfully demonstrated by solution dipping method. Preparation of Pt-NPs has been done through a red-ox reaction between BDP tubes and Pt-salt, as BDP itself acts as nontoxic reducing agent as well as template cum stabilizer for Pt-NPs. In BDP@Pt composites, ∼2.5 ± 0.5 nm spherical shaped Pt-NPs as observed from TEM studies are nicely decorated on the surface of BDP. The population or the loading density of Pt-NPs on BDP tube is greatly controlled by changing the w/w ratio of BDP to H2PtCl6. Synthesized BDP@Pt composites are subsequently employed as an efficient electro-catalyst for methanol oxidation reaction (MOR) in acidic medium. Furthermore, the observed catalytic activity is consequently ∼12 times higher than that of commercially available Pt/C catalyst. Depending on the loading density of Pt-NPs on BDP tubes, the efficiency and carbon monoxide (CO) tolerance ability of composites have been explored.

  4. Non-enzymatic electrochemical biosensor based on Pt NPs/RGO-CS-Fc nano-hybrids for the detection of hydrogen peroxide in living cells.

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    Bai, Zhihao; Li, Guiyin; Liang, Jingtao; Su, Jing; Zhang, Yue; Chen, Huaizhou; Huang, Yong; Sui, Weiguo; Zhao, Yongxiang

    2016-08-15

    A highly sensitive non-enzymatic electrochemical sensor based on platinum nanoparticles/reduced graphene oxide-chitosan-ferrocene carboxylic acid nano-hybrids (Pt NPs/RGO-CS-Fc biosensor) was developed for the measurement of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). The RGO-CS-Fc nano-hybrids was prepared and characterized by UV-vis spectrum, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectrometer and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Under optimal experimental conditions, the Pt NPs/RGO-CS-Fc biosensor showed outstanding catalytic activity toward H2O2 reduction. The current response of the biosensor presented a linear relationship with H2O2 concentration from 2.0×10(-8)M to 3.0×10(-6)M with a correlation coefficient of R(2)=0.9968 and with logarithm of H2O2 concentration from 6.0×10(-6)M to 1.0×10(-2)M with a correlation coefficient of R(2)=0.9887, the low detection limit of 20nM was obtained at the signal/noise (S/N) ratio of 3. Moreover, the Pt NPs/RGO-CS-Fc biosensor exhibited excellent anti-interference capability and reproducibility for the detection of H2O2. The biosensor was also successfully applied for the detection of H2O2 from living cells containing normal and cancer cells. All these results prove that the Pt NPs/RGO-CS-Fc biosensor has the potential application in clinical diagnostics to evaluate oxidative stress of different living cells.

  5. Sonochemical/hydration-dehydration synthesis of Pt-TiO2 NPs/decorated carbon nanotubes with enhanced photocatalytic hydrogen production activity.

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    Abdulrazzak, Firas H; Hussein, Falah H; Alkaim, Ayad F; Ivanova, Irina; Emeline, Alexei V; Bahnemann, Detlef W

    2016-11-02

    Modified Pt-TiO2 NPs/decorated carbon nanotubes were synthesized utilizing sonochemical/hydration-dehydration techniques. Pt was loaded on TiO2 by a photodeposition method keeping in mind the end goal to achieve electron-hole pair separation and promote the surface reaction. The morphological and basic properties of Pt-TiO2/fCNTs were investigated by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), photoluminescence (PL) and Raman spectroscopy. The selected area electron diffraction (SAED) patterns of Pt-TiO2/fCNTs were obtained utilizing TEM-based energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDXS) analysis. It was found that the TiO2 nanoparticles were uniformly distributed on the fCNTs, and the Pt particles were decorated on the surface of TiO2/fCNTs. The photocatalytic hydrogen production activity of the Pt(0.5%)-TiO2/fCNTs(0.5%) nanoparticle composites was investigated using a sacrificial agent methanol solution. Pt-loaded TiO2 demonstrated a hydrogen evolution rate around 20 times that of TiO2/fCNTs(0.5%) (fSWCNTs, fMWCNTs). When compared with platinized TiO2 in methanol, which was utilized as a control material, Pt-TiO2/fCNTs demonstrated an almost 2-fold increment in hydrogen generation.

  6. Au-Pt alloy nanoparticles obtained by nanosecond laser irradiation of gold and platinum bulk targets in an ethylene glycol solution

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    Moniri, Samira; Reza Hantehzadeh, Mohammad; Ghoranneviss, Mahmood; Asadi Asadabad, Mohsen

    2017-07-01

    Au-Pt alloy nanoparticles (NPs) of different compositions ( Au0Pt100 , Au30Pt70 , Au50Pt50 , Au70Pt30 , and Au100Pt0 were obtained using the nanosecond laser ablation of gold and platinum bulk targets in ethylene glycol, followed by mixing highly monodisperse Au and Pt nanocolloids, for the first time. UV-vis absorption spectra of NPs showed that by increasing the Au content in the Au-Pt NPs, the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) peak red-shifted, from 260 to 573nm in a nonlinear way. In addition, the mean crystalline size, crystal structure, d-spacing, and lattice parameters of NPs were estimated from the XRD spectra. Microscopy studies revealed the most NPs have a spherical or near-spherical shape, and the average sizes of Au0Pt100 , Au30Pt70 , Au50Pt50 , Au70Pt30 , and Au100Pt0 NPs were calculated to be 12.50, 14.15, 18.53, 19.29, and 26.38nm, respectively. Also, the chemical identity of the molecules adhering to the NPs surface was considered by Raman and FT-IR spectroscopy techniques. Among different synthesis methods, the demonstrated technique allows easy synthesis of alloy NPs in aqueous media at room temperature with no formation of by-products.

  7. In situ construction of Ir@Pt/C nanoparticles in the cathode layer of membrane electrode assemblies with ultra-low Pt loading and high Pt exposure

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    Dang, Dai; Zhang, Lei; Zeng, Xiaoyuan; Tian, Xinlong; Qu, Chong; Nan, Haoxiong; Shu, Ting; Hou, Sanying; Yang, Lijun; Zeng, Jianhuang; Liao, Shijun

    2017-07-01

    A novel membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) with ultra-low Pt loadings and high Pt exposure in the cathode layer is prepared by spraying Ir/C catalyst ink on the membrane surface to form a substrate layer, followed by in situ pulse electrochemical deposition of a Pt shell layer on the Ir core nanoparticles in the substrate layer. It makes the Pt loadings on cathode lower to 0.044 mg/cm2. In our system, the MEA with our novel cathode exhibits excellent performance in a H2/air single fuel cell, which is comparable to that of the MEA prepared with commercial Pt/C catalyst (Johnson Matthey 40% Pt) with Pt loadings of 0.1 mg/cm2. The electrode with core-shell structured catalysts is characterized by X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, EDS line-scan, and scanning transmission electron microscopy. Based on the characterization results, it is found that the Pt is highly dispersed on the Ir NPs, and the electronic feature of Pt at shell layer can be tuned by the Ir core particle. Furthermore, the DFT calculation results also reveal the interaction between Pt at shell layer and Ir core. This work may provide a novel pathway to realize low Pt and high Pt utilization in low temperature fuel cells.

  8. Hollow Au@Pd and Au@Pt core-shell nanoparticles as electrocatalysts for ethanol oxidation reactions

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    Song, Hyon Min

    2012-09-27

    Hybrid alloys among gold, palladium and platinum become a new category of catalysts primarily due to their enhanced catalytic effects. Enhancement means not only their effectiveness, but also their uniqueness as catalysts for the reactions that individual metals may not catalyze. Here, preparation of hollow Au@Pd and Au@Pt core-shell nanoparticles (NPs) and their use as electrocatalysts are reported. Galvanic displacement with Ag NPs is used to obtain hollow NPs, and higher reduction potential of Au compared to Ag, Pd, and Pt helps to produce hollow Au cores first, followed by Pd or Pt shell growth. Continuous and highly crystalline shell growth was observed in Au@Pd core-shell NPs, but the sporadic and porous-like structure was observed in Au@Pt core-shell NPs. Along with hollow core-shell NPs, hollow porous Pt and hollow Au NPs are also prepared from Ag seed NPs. Twin boundaries which are typically observed in large size (>20 nm) Au NPs were not observed in hollow Au NPs. This absence is believed to be due to the role of the hollows, which significantly reduce the strain energy of edges where the two lattice planes meet. In ethanol oxidation reactions in alkaline medium, hollow Au@Pd core-shell NPs show highest current density in forward scan. Hollow Au@Pt core-shell NPs maintain better catalytic activities than metallic Pt, which is thought to be due to the better crystallinity of Pt shells as well as the alloy effect of Au cores. © 2012 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  9. Monolayer-directed assembly and magnetic properties of FePt nanoparticles on patterned aluminum oxide.

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    Yildirim, Oktay; Gang, Tian; Kinge, Sachin; Reinhoudt, David N; Blank, Dave H; van der Wiel, Wilfred G; Rijnders, Guus; Huskens, Jurriaan

    2010-03-19

    FePt nanoparticles (NPs) were assembled on aluminum oxide substrates, and their ferromagnetic properties were studied before and after thermal annealing. For the first time, phosph(on)ates were used as an adsorbate to form self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on alumina to direct the assembly of NPs onto the surface. The Al(2)O(3) substrates were functionalized with aminobutylphosphonic acid (ABP) or phosphonoundecanoic acid (PNDA) SAMs or with poly(ethyleneimine) (PEI) as a reference. FePt NPs assembled on all of these monolayers, but much less on unmodified Al(2)O(3), which shows that ligand exchange at the NPs is the most likely mechanism of attachment. Proper modification of the Al(2)O(3) surface and controlling the immersion time of the modified Al(2)O(3) substrates into the FePt NP solution resulted in FePt NPs assembly with controlled NP density. Alumina substrates were patterned by microcontact printing using aminobutylphosphonic acid as the ink, allowing local NP assembly. Thermal annealing under reducing conditions (96%N(2)/4%H(2)) led to a phase change of the FePt NPs from the disordered FCC phase to the ordered FCT phase. This resulted in ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature. Such a process can potentially be applied in the fabrication of spintronic devices.

  10. Monolayer-directed Assembly and Magnetic Properties of FePt Nanoparticles on Patterned Aluminum Oxide

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    Guus Rijnders

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available FePt nanoparticles (NPs were assembled on aluminum oxide substrates, and their ferromagnetic properties were studied before and after thermal annealing. For the first time, phosph(onates were used as an adsorbate to form self-assembled monolayers (SAMs on alumina to direct the assembly of NPs onto the surface. The Al2O3 substrates were functionalized with aminobutylphosphonic acid (ABP or phosphonoundecanoic acid (PNDA SAMs or with poly(ethyleneimine (PEI as a reference. FePt NPs assembled on all of these monolayers, but much less on unmodified Al2O3, which shows that ligand exchange at the NPs is the most likely mechanism of attachment. Proper modification of the Al2O3 surface and controlling the immersion time of the modified Al2O3 substrates into the FePt NP solution resulted in FePt NPs assembly with controlled NP density. Alumina substrates were patterned by microcontact printing using aminobutylphosphonic acid as the ink, allowing local NP assembly. Thermal annealing under reducing conditions (96%N2/4%H2 led to a phase change of the FePt NPs from the disordered FCC phase to the ordered FCT phase. This resulted in ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature. Such a process can potentially be applied in the fabrication of spintronic devices.

  11. Effects of different additives on bimetallic Au-Pt nanoparticles electrodeposited onto indium tin oxide electrodes

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    Ballarin, Barbara, E-mail: ballarin@ms.fci.unibo.i [Dipartimento di Chimica Fisica ed Inorganica, Universita di Bologna, V.le Risorgimento, 4, 40136-Bologna (Italy)] [INSTM, UdR Bologna (Italy); Gazzano, Massimo [ISOF-CNR, V. Selmi, 40126-Bologna (Italy); Tonelli, Domenica [Dipartimento di Chimica Fisica ed Inorganica, Universita di Bologna, V.le Risorgimento, 4, 40136-Bologna (Italy)] [INSTM, UdR Bologna (Italy)

    2010-09-01

    Bimetallic Au-Pt nanoparticles (Au-Pt{sub NPs}) have been synthesized using an electrochemical reduction approach. The effects of the addition of different additives in the electrodeposition bath namely KI, 1-nonanesulfonic acid sodium salt and Triton X-100 have been investigated. The structural characterization of the bimetallic nanoparticles has been carried out using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), UV-vis spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and cyclic voltammetry (CV). The Au-Pt{sub NPs} prepared in the presence of KI and Triton X-100 characterized by a relatively narrow size distribution as well as a higher particle density and surface coverage whereas no changes in the morphology were observed. These results suggest a dependence of the size and distribution of the bimetallic nanoparticles from the type and concentration of the additives employed.

  12. Sn surface-enriched Pt-Sn bimetallic nanoparticles as a selective and stable catalyst for propane dehydrogenation

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    Zhu, Haibo

    2014-12-01

    A new one pot, surfactant-free, synthetic route based on the surface organometallic chemistry (SOMC) concept has been developed for the synthesis of Sn surface-enriched Pt-Sn nanoparticles. Bu3SnH selectively reacts with [Pt]-H formed in situ at the surface of Pt nanoparticles, Pt NPs, obtained by reduction of K2PtCl4 by LiB(C2H5)3H. Chemical analysis, 1H MAS and 13C CP/MAS solid-state NMR as well as two-dimensional double-quantum (DQ) and triple-quantum (TQ) experiments show that organo-tin moieties Sn(n-C4H9) are chemically linked to the surface of Pt NPs to produce, in fine, after removal of most of the n-butyl fragment, bimetallic Pt-Sn nanoparticles. The Sn(n-CH2CH2CH2CH3) groups remaining at the surface are believed to stabilize the as-synthesized Pt-Sn NPs, enabling the bimetallic NPs to be well dispersed in THF. Additionally, the Pt-Sn nanoparticles can be supported on MgAl2O4 during the synthesis of the nanoparticles. Some of the Pt-Sn/MgAl2O4 catalyst thus prepared exhibits high activity in PROX of CO and an extremely high selectivity and stability in propane dehydrogenation to propylene. The enhanced activity in propane dehydrogenation is associated with the high concentration of inactive Sn at the surface of Pt nanoparticles which ”isolates” the active Pt atoms. This conclusion is confirmed by XRD, NMR, TEM, and XPS analysis.

  13. Pd@Pt Core–Shell Nanoparticles with Branched Dandelion-like Morphology as Highly Efficient Catalysts for Olefin Reduction

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    A facile synthesis based on the addition of ascorbic acid to a mixture of Na2PdCl4, K2PtCl6, and Pluronic P123 results in highly branched core–shell nanoparticles (NPs) with a micro–mesoporous dandelion-like morphology comprising Pd core and Pt shell. The slow reduction kinetics ...

  14. Pd@Pt Core–Shell Nanoparticles with Branched Dandelion-like Morphology as Highly Efficient Catalysts for Olefin Reduction

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    A facile synthesis based on the addition of ascorbic acid to a mixture of Na2PdCl4, K2PtCl6, and Pluronic P123 results in highly branched core–shell nanoparticles (NPs) with a micro–mesoporous dandelion-like morphology comprising Pd core and Pt shell. The slow reduction kinetics ...

  15. Synthesis of Supported NiPt Bimetallic Nanoparticles, Methods for Controlling the Surface Coverage of Ni Nanoparticles With Pt, Methods Of Making NiPt Multilayer Core-Shell Structures and Application of the Supported Catalysts for CO2 Reforming

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    Li, Lidong

    2015-06-25

    Embodiments of the present disclosure provide for supported Ni/Pt bimetallic nanoparticles, compositions including supported NiPt nanoparticles, methods of making supported NiPt nanoparticles, methods of using supported NiPt nanoparticles, and the like.

  16. Pt3Ti nanoparticles: fine dispersion on SiO2 supports, enhanced catalytic CO oxidation, and chemical stability at elevated temperatures.

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    Saravanan, Govindachetty; Abe, Hideki; Xu, Ya; Sekido, Nobuaki; Hirata, Hirohito; Matsumoto, Shin-ichi; Yoshikawa, Hideki; Yamabe-Mitarai, Yoko

    2010-07-06

    A platinum-based intermetallic phase with an early d-metal, Pt(3)Ti, has been synthesized in the form of nanoparticles (NPs) dispersed on silica (SiO(2)) supports. The organometallic Pt and Ti precursors, Pt(1,5-cyclooctadiene)Cl(2) and TiCl(4)(tetrahydrofuran)(2), were mixed with SiO(2) and reduced by sodium naphthalide in tetrahydrofuran. Stoichiometric Pt(3)Ti NPs with an average particle size of 2.5 nm were formed on SiO(2) (particle size: 20-200 nm) with an atomically disordered FCC-type structure (Fm3m; a = 0.39 nm). A high dispersivity of Pt(3)Ti NPs was achieved by adding excessive amounts of SiO(2) relative to the Pt precursor. A 50-fold excess of SiO(2) resulted in finely dispersed, SiO(2)-supported Pt(3)Ti NPs that contained 0.5 wt % Pt. The SiO(2)-supported Pt(3)Ti NPs showed a lower onset temperature of catalysis by 75 degrees C toward the oxidation reaction of CO than did SiO(2)-supported pure Pt NPs with the same particle size and Pt fraction, 0.5 wt %. The SiO(2)-supported Pt(3)Ti NPs also showed higher CO conversion than SiO(2)-supported pure Pt NPs even containing a 2-fold higher weight fraction of Pt. The SiO(2)-supported Pt(3)Ti NPs retained their stoichiometric composition after catalytic oxidation of CO at elevated temperatures, 325 degrees C. Pt(3)Ti NPs show promise as a catalytic center of purification catalysts for automobile exhaust due to their high catalytic activity toward CO oxidation with a low content of precious metals.

  17. A method for the formation of Pt metal nanoparticle arrays using nanosecond pulsed laser dewetting

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    Owusu-Ansah, Ebenezer; Horwood, Corie A.; Birss, Viola I.; Shi, Yujun J., E-mail: shiy@ucalgary.ca [Department of Chemistry, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4 (Canada); El-Sayed, Hany A. [Institute for Technical Electrochemistry, Technische Universität München, D-85748 Garching (Germany)

    2015-05-18

    Nanosecond pulsed laser dewetting of Pt thin films, deposited on a dimpled Ta (DT) surface, has been studied here in order to form ordered Pt nanoparticle (NP) arrays. The DT substrate was fabricated via a simple electrochemical anodization process in a highly concentrated H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} and HF solution. Pt thin films (3–5 nm) were sputter coated on DT and then dewetted under vacuum to generate NPs using a 355 nm laser radiation (6–9 ns, 10 Hz). The threshold laser fluence to fully dewet a 3.5 nm thick Pt film was determined to be 300 mJ/cm{sup 2}. Our experiments have shown that shorter irradiation times (≤60 s) produce smaller nanoparticles with more uniform sizes, while longer times (>60 s) give large nanoparticles with wider size distributions. The optimum laser irradiation time of 1 s (10 pulses) has led to the formation of highly ordered Pt nanoparticle arrays with an average nanoparticle size of 26 ± 3 nm with no substrate deformation. At the optimum condition of 1 s and 500 mJ/cm{sup 2}, as many as 85% of the dewetted NPs were found neatly in the well-defined dimples. This work has demonstrated that pulsed laser dewetting of Pt thin films on a pre-patterned dimpled substrate is an efficient and powerful technique to produce highly ordered Pt nanoparticle arrays. This method can thus be used to produce arrays of other high-melting-point metal nanoparticles for a range of applications, including electrocatalysis, functionalized nanomaterials, and analytical purposes.

  18. Construction of Au@Pt core—satellite nanoparticles based on in-situ reduction of polymeric ionic liquid protected gold nanoparticles

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    Wu, Wenlan; Li, Junbo; Zou, Sheng; Guo, Jinwu; Zhou, Huiyun

    2017-01-01

    A method of in-situ reduction to prepare Au@Pt core-satellite nanoparticles (NPs) is described by using Au NPs coating poly[1-methyl 3-(2-methacryloyloxy propylimidazolium bromine)] (PMMPImB-@-Au NPs) as the template. After electrostatic complex chloroplatinic acid with PMMPImB shell, the composite NP was directly reduced with N2H4 to produce Au@Pt core-satellite NPs. The characterization of composite and core-satellite NPs under different amounts of chloroplatinic acid were studied by DLS, UV-vis absorption spectrum and TEM. The satellite Pt NPs with a small size ( 2 nm) dotted around Au core, and the resulting Au@Pt core-satellite NPs showed a red-shift surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and a good dispersion due to effectively electrostatic repulsion providing by the polymeric ionic liquid (PIL) shell. Finally, Au@Pt core-satellite NPs exhibit an enhanced catalytic activity and cycled catalytic capability for the reduction of p-nitrophenol with NaBH4.

  19. Synthesis and composition evolution of bimetallic Pd Pt alloy nanoparticles

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    Ren, Guoqiang; Shi, Honglan; Xing, Yangchuan

    2007-09-01

    This paper reports a study on the synthesis of Pd-Pt alloy nanoparticles and composition evolution of the alloys. The synthesis involves Pd and Pt acetylacetonate as the metal precursors and trioctylphosphine (TOP) as the solvent. Thermal decomposition of the Pd-TOP complex resulted in Pd nanoparticles, while substitution of Pt in the Pt-TOP complex by Pd allowed formation of the Pd-Pt alloys. It was observed that the Pd-Pt nanoparticles formed at the very beginning in the synthesis process are Pd rich with various nanoparticle sizes ranging from 1.5 to 25 nm in diameter. These nanoparticles averaged out through a digestive ripening process and reached a final size of 3.5 nm in about 10 min. The alloy compositions evolved throughout the synthesis process and only reached the preset Pd to Pt ratio of the precursors in 120 min. It was found that Pt acetylacetonate alone in TOP cannot produce Pt nanoparticles, which was attributed to the formation of a Pt-TOP complex and a strong coordination of Pt to the phosphine. This observation led us to propose an atomic exchange process between the Pt-TOP complex and the Pd atoms at the nanoparticle surface. As a result, the alloy formation process is limited by a substitution and diffusion rate of the Pt atoms at the surface of the alloy nanoparticles.

  20. Green and Facile Synthesis of Pd-Pt Alloy Nanoparticles by Laser Irradiation of Aqueous Solution.

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    Nakamura, Takahiro; Sato, Shunichi

    2015-01-01

    Solid-solution palladium-platinum (Pd-Pt) alloy nanoparticles (NPs) with fully tunable compositions were directly fabricated through high-intensity laser irradiation of an aqueous solution of palladium and platinum ions without using any reducing agents or thermal processes. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations showed that nanometer-sized particles were fabricated by laser irradiation of mixed aqueous solutions of palladium and platinum ions with different feeding ratios. The crystalline nature of the NPs was precisely characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD). Despite the fact that, for the bulk systems, a pair of XRD peak was detected between the palladium and platinum peaks because of the large miscibility gap in the Pd-Pt binary phase diagram, only a single XRD peak was seen for the Pd-Pt NPs fabricated in the present study. Moreover, the peak position shifted from that of pure palladium towards platinum with increasing fraction of platinum ions in solution. Consequently, the interplanar spacings of the alloy NPs agreed well with the estimated values obtained from Vegard's law. These observations strongly indicate the formation of solid-solution Pd-Pt alloy NPs with fully tunable compositions. This technique is not only a "green" (environmentally-friendly) and facile process, but is also widely applicable to other binary and ternary systems.

  1. Structural stability of alloyed and core-shell Cu-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles

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    Peng, Hongcheng; Qi, Weihong; Ji, Wenhai; Li, Siqi; He, Jieting

    2017-03-01

    Combining the bond-energy model and Debye theory, we generalized the Gibbs free energy model for Cu-Pt nanoparticles (NPs) by introducing a shape factor considering the shape effect. We studied the structural stability of the Cu-Pt NPs and plotted the corresponding composition-, shape- and size-dependent phase diagrams. It is shown that the Cu-Pt NPs can form alloyed structure in a large size range. But when the particle size continues to decrease, the NPs will form the core-shell structure due to surface segregation. Meanwhile, the composition segregation could make the atoms of less-content element to gather in the surface. The predictions from the present calculated phase diagrams are consistent with a series of experimental results in literatures. To further prove the efficiency of the phase diagrams, we synthesized the alloyed Cu-Pt NPs of 4-15 nm by a co-reduction method, which is in agreement with the predictions from the phase diagrams.

  2. Tuning the composition of AuPt bimetallic nanoparticles for antibacterial application.

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    Zhao, Yuyun; Ye, Chunjie; Liu, Wenwen; Chen, Rong; Jiang, Xingyu

    2014-07-28

    We show that bimetallic nanoparticles (NPs) of AuPt without any surface modification are potent antibiotic reagents, while pure Au NPs or pure Pt NPs display no antibiotic activities. The most potent antibacterial AuPt NPs happen to be the most effective catalysts for chemical transformations. The mechanism of antibiotic action includes the dissipation of membrane potential and the elevation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) levels. These bimetallic NPs are unique in that they do not produce reactive oxygen species as most antibiotics do. Being non-toxic to human cells, these bimetallic noble NPs might open an entry to a new class of antibiotics. © 2014 The Authors. Published by Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.

  3. Exploring the Behavior and Metabolic Transformations of SeNPs in Exposed Lactic Acid Bacteria. Effect of Nanoparticles Coating Agent

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    Maria Palomo-Siguero

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available The behavior and transformation of selenium nanoparticles (SeNPs in living systems such as microorganisms is largely unknown. To address this knowledge gap, we examined the effect of three types of SeNP suspensions toward Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus LB-12 using a variety of techniques. SeNPs were synthesized using three types of coating agents (chitosan (CS-SeNPs, hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC-SeNPs and a non-ionic surfactant, surfynol (ethoxylated-SeNPs. Morphologies of SeNPs were all spherical. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM was used to locate SeNPs in the bacteria. High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC on line coupled to inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS was applied to evaluate SeNP transformation by bacteria. Finally, flow cytometry employing the live/dead test and optical density measurements at 600 nm (OD600 were used for evaluating the percentages of bacteria viability when supplementing with SeNPs. Negligible damage was detected by flow cytometry when bacteria were exposed to HEC-SeNPs or CS-SeNPs at a level of 10 μg Se mL−1. In contrast, ethoxylated-SeNPs were found to be the most harmful nanoparticles toward bacteria. CS-SeNPs passed through the membrane without causing damage. Once inside, SeNPs were metabolically transformed to organic selenium compounds. Results evidenced the importance of capping agents when establishing the true behavior of NPs.

  4. Influences of surface coatings and components of FePt nanoparticles on the suppression of glioma cell proliferation

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    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Haiming Sun,1,* Xiaohui Chen,2,* Dan Chen,1 Mingyan Dong,1 Xinning Fu,1 Qian Li,1 Xi Liu,1 Qingzhi Wu,1 Tong Qiu,1 Tao Wan,1 Shipu Li11State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing and Biomedical Materials and Engineering Center, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China; 2Department of Prosthetics, School of Stomatology, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China*Both authors contributed equally to this workAbstract: Malignant gliomas are primary brain tumors with high rates of morbidity and mortality; they are the fourth most common cause of cancer death. Novel diagnostic and therapeutic techniques based on nanomaterials provide promising options in the treatment of malignant gliomas. In order to evaluate the potential of FePt nanoparticles (NPs for malignant glioma therapy, FePt NPs with different surface coatings and components were tunably synthesized using oleic acid/oleylamine (OA/OA and cysteines (Cys as the capping agents, respectively. The samples were characterized using X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, X-ray photon spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, atomic absorption spectrum, and zeta potential. The influence of the surface coatings and components of the FePt NPs on the proliferation of glioma cells was assessed through MTT assay and TEM observation using three typical glioma cell lines (glioma U251 cells, astrocytoma U87 cells, and neuroglioma H4 cells as in vitro models. The results showed that the proliferation of glioma cells was significantly suppressed by lipophilic FePt-OA/OA NPs in a time- and/or dose-dependent manner, while no or low cytotoxic effects were detected in the case of hydrophilic FePt-Cys NPs. The IC50 value of FePt-OA/OA NPs on the three glioma cell lines was approximately 5–10 µg mL-1 after 24 hours’ incubation. Although the cellular uptake of FePt NPs was confirmed regardless of the surface coatings and components of the FePt NPs

  5. Sub-4 nm PtZn Intermetallic Nanoparticles for Enhanced Mass and Specific Activities in Catalytic Electrooxidation Reaction

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    Qi, Zhiyuan; Xiao, Chaoxian; Liu, Cong; Goh, Tian Wei; Zhou, Lin; Maligal-Ganesh, Raghu; Pei, Yuchen; Li, Xinle; Curtiss, Larry A.; Huang, Wenyu

    2017-03-22

    Atomically ordered intermetallic nanoparticles (iNPs) have sparked considerable interest in fuel cell applications by virtue of their exceptional electronic and structural properties. However, the synthesis of small iNPs in a controllable manner remains a formidable challenge because of the high temperature generally required in the formation of intermetallic phases. Here we report a general method for the synthesis of PtZn. iNPs (3.2 +/- 0.4 nm) on multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNT) via a facile and capping agent free strategy using a sacrificial mesoporous silica (mSiO(2)) shell. The as-prepared PtZn iNPs exhibited ca. 10 times higher mass activity in both acidic and basic solution toward the methanol oxidation reaction (MOR) compared to larger PtZn iNPs synthesized on MWNT without the mSiO2 shell. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations predict that PtZn systems go through a "non-CO" pathway for MOR because of the stabilization of the OH* intermediate by Zn atoms, while a pure Pt system forms highly stable COH* and CO* intermediates, leading to catalyst deactivation. Experimental studies on the origin of the backward oxidation peak of MOR coincide well with DFT predictions. Moreover, the calculations demonstrate that MOR on smaller PtZn iNPs is energetically more favorable than larger iNPs, due to their high density of corner sites and lower-lying energetic pathway. Therefore, smaller PtZn iNPs not only increase the number but also enhance the activity of the active sites in MOR compared with larger ones. This work opens a new avenue for the synthesis of small iNPs with more undercoordinated and enhanced active sites for fuel cell applications.

  6. Pt nanoparticles functionalized 3D SnO2 nanoflowers for gas sensor application

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    Liu, Yinglin; Huang, Jing; Yang, Jiedi; Wang, Shurong

    2017-04-01

    3D SnO2 nanoflowers (NFs) assembled by rod-like nanostructures were synthesized by a facile hydrothermal method only using simple and inexpensive SnCl4·5H2O and NaOH as the starting materials, without using any surfactants or templates. The as-synthesized 3D SnO2 NFs were further functionalized by Pt nanoparticles (NPs) by a simple ammonia precipitate method, and the derived Pt NP-functionalized 3D SnO2 NFs were further investigated for gas sensor application using ethanol as a probe gas. Obtained results showed that the Pt NP-functionalized 3D SnO2 NF sensor exhibited much higher response in comparison with pure SnO2 sensor, altogether with short response/recovery times and good reproducibility. The enhanced gas sensing performances could be attributed to spill-over effect of Pt NPs for promoting gas sensing reactions, the synergic electronic interaction between Pt NPs and SnO2 support, the high surface-to-volume ratio and good electron mobility of the 1D SnO2 nanorod units, and unique 3D hierarchical flower-like nanostructures. It is also expected that the as-prepared 3D SnO2 NFs and Pt NP-functionalized product can be used in other fields such as optoelectronic devices, Li-ion battery and dye sensitized solar cells.

  7. Study of coordination environments around Pd and Pt in a Pd-core Pt-shell nanoparticle during heating

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    Nishimura, Y. F.; Hamaguchi, T.; Yamaguchi, S.; Takagi, H.; Dohmae, K.; Nonaka, T.; Nagai, Y.

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    Local coordination environments around Pd and Pt in a Pd-core Pt-shell nanoparticle (NP) at temperatures ranging from 473 to 873 K was evaluated by utilizing in situ XAFS measurement technique to investigate the temperature range in which a core-shell structure is preserved. The core-shell structure was considered to be kept up to 673 K and start to change at about 773 K. Heating to 873 K accelerated atomic mixing in the core-shell NPs. Catalytic properties of the present Pd-core Pt-shell NP are available in the stoichiometric C3H6-O2 atmosphere at temperatures less than 773 K at most.

  8. Evaluation of genotoxic effect of silver nanoparticles (Ag-Nps) in vitro and in vivo

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    Tavares, Priscila; Balbinot, Fernanda; Martins de Oliveira, Hugo; Elibio Fagundes, Gabriela [PPGCS, Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense, Laboratorio de Biologia Celular e Molecular (Brazil); Venancio, Mireli; Vieira Ronconi, Joao Vitor; Merlini, Aline [Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense, Laboratorio de Sintese de Complexos Multifuncionais (Brazil); Streck, Emilio L. [Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Ciencias da Saude, Unidade Academica de Ciencias da Saude, Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense, Laboratorio de Fisiopatologia Experimental (Brazil); Marques da Silva, Paula [Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense, Laboratorio de Sintese de Complexos Multifuncionais (Brazil); Moraes de Andrade, Vanessa, E-mail: vmoraesdeandrade@yahoo.com.br [PPGCS, Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense, Laboratorio de Biologia Celular e Molecular (Brazil)

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    Silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) are the most prominent nanoproducts. Due to their antimicrobial activity, they have been incorporated in different materials, such as catheters, clothes, electric home appliance, and many others. The genotoxicity of Ag-NPs (5-45 nm), in different concentrations and times of exposure, was evaluated by the comet assay in in vitro and in vivo conditions, respectively, using human peripheral blood and Swiss mice. The results showed the genotoxic effect of Ag-NPs in vitro, in all the doses tested in the initial hour of exposure, possibly through the reactive oxygen species generation. Nevertheless, the values for this damage decrease with time, indicating that the DNA may have been restored by the repair system. In the in vivo conditions, we found no genotoxicity of Ag-NPs in any hour of exposure and any dose investigated, which can be attributed to the activation of a cellular antioxidant network and the hydrophobic nature of Ag-NPs. Now, it is absolutely necessary to investigate the role of Ag-NPs in different cell lines in vivo.

  9. TiN@nitrogen-doped carbon supported Pt nanoparticles as high-performance anode catalyst for methanol electrooxidation

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    Zhang, Jun; Ma, Li; Gan, Mengyu; Fu, Shenna; Zhao, Yi

    2016-08-01

    In this paper, TiN@nitrogen-doped carbons (NDC) composed of a core-shell structure are successfully prepared through self-assembly and pyrolysis treatment using γ-aminopropyltriethoxysilane as coupling agent, polyaniline as carbon and nitrogen source, respectively. Subsequently, TiN@NDC supporting Pt nanoparticles (Pt/TiN@NDC) are obtained by a microwave-assisted polyol process. The nitrogen-containing functional groups and TiN nanoparticles play a critical role in decreasing the average particle size of Pt and improving the electrocatalytic activity of Pt/TiN@NDC. Transmission electron microscope results reveal that Pt nanoparticles are uniformly dispersed in the TiN@NDC surface with a narrow particle size ranging from 1 to 3 nm in diameter. Moreover, the Pt/TiN@NDC catalyst shows significantly improved catalytic activity and high durability for methanol electrooxidation in comparison with Pt/NDC and commercial Pt/C catalysts, revealed by cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry. Strikingly, this novel Pt/TiN@NDC catalyst reveals a better CO tolerance related to Pt/NDC and commercial Pt/C catalysts, which due to the bifunctional mechanism and strong metal-support interaction between Pt and TiN@NDC. In addition, the probable reaction steps for the electrooxidation of CO adspecies on Pt NPs on the basis of the bifunctional mechanism are also proposed. These results indicate that the TiN@NDC is a promising catalyst support for methanol electrooxidation.

  10. New Tools for Characterizing Metallic Nanoparticles: AgNPs, A Case Study.

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    González-Fuenzalida, Rodrigo A; Moliner-Martínez, Yolanda; Molins-Legua, Carmen; Parada-Artigues, Vanesa; Verdú-Andrés, Jorge; Campins-Falcó, Pilar

    2016-01-19

    Currently, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is the main technique for estimating the sizes of spherical nanoparticles (NPs) and through them, their concentrations. This paper demonstrates for the first time that C18 reversed-phase capillary liquid chromatography (Cap-LC) coupled to diode array detection (DAD) has the potential to estimate mean concentrations of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) and thereby determine their average size. Direct injection of the sample without previous extraction or separation steps is carried out. Only a unique standard with a known AgNP size is needed for the calibration. In a first approach, the new method has been tested over silver nanoparticles, produced using different methods of synthesis, and their water dilutions. Good results were achieved: relative errors ranged up to 5% compared with TEM. Also stability and functionality-related NP properties, as well as nonspherical AgNPs, can be studied using this method. Moreover, by coupling online in-tube solid-phase microextraction (IT-SPME) to Cap-LC-DAD, the effect of the dilution can be studied as particles distribute by polarity in two groups, a distribution that responds to average particle size of not only AgNPs, but also gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). In such a distribution, the average particle size is correlated with the peak area ratio. Additionally, besides higher sensitivity and concentration-dependent signals, IT-SPME-Cap-LC responds to changes in the particle's hydrodynamic diameter allowing, for instance, the detection of cationic surfactants. Size-exclusion and hydrophobic effects are the mechanisms involved to explain this behavior.

  11. Sulfonate group-modified FePtCu nanoparticles as a selective probe for LDI-MS analysis of oligopeptides from a peptide mixture and human serum proteins.

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    Kawasaki, Hideya; Akira, Tarui; Watanabe, Takehiro; Nozaki, Kazuyoshi; Yonezawa, Tetsu; Arakawa, Ryuichi

    2009-11-01

    Bare FePtCu nanoparticles (NPs) are first prepared for laser desorption/ionization mass spectroscopy (LDI-MS) analysis as affinity probes to selectively trap oppositely charged analytes from a sample solution. Our present results demonstrate bare FePtCu NPs to be a potentially useful matrix for surface-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectroscopy (SALDI-MS), for the analysis of small proteins and peptides. The upper detectable mass range of peptides was approximately 5 kDa, and the detection limit for peptides approximately 5 fmol. Sulfonate group-modified FePtCu nanoparticles (FePtCu-SO(3)(-) NPs), with ionization being independent of the solution pH, can interact with a positively charged analyte, and the analyte-bound NPs can be separated from the reaction supernatant by centrifugation or an external magnetic field. An oligopeptide, Gly-Gly-Tyr-Arg (GGYR) from an oligopeptide mixture containing Asp-Asp-Asp-Asp (DDDD), Gly-Gly-Gly-Gly (GGGG) and GGYR, was detected using SALDI-MS with FePtCu-SO(3)(-) NPs employing electrostatic interaction. Furthermore, FePtCu-SO(3)(-) NPs can detect lysozyme (Lyz) in human serum through the electrostatic attraction between positively charged Lyz and FePtCu-SO(3)(-) NPs at pH 8, while detection of negatively charged albumin in human serum is not possible.

  12. Electro-oxidation of methanol at the different carbon materials supported Pt nano-particles

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    Chen, Yu.; Zhang, Guojie; Zhou, Yiming; Tang, Yawen; Lu, Tianhong [The Laboratory of Electrochemistry, College of Chemistry and Material Science, Nanjing Normal University, 1 Wenyuan Road, Nanjing 210046 (China); Ma, Juan [Institute of Electrochemical Power Sources, Soochow University, Suzhou 215006 (China)

    2010-10-15

    Single-wall carbon nano-tubes (SWNTs), multi-wall carbon nano-tubes (MWNTs) and Vulcan XC-72 carbon (XC-72) are used as supporting carbon materials to prepare Pt/XC-72, Pt/SWNTs and Pt/MWNTs catalysts in tetrahydrofuran/water/ethanol mixture solution. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements demonstrate that the type of supporting carbon material affects significantly the morphology and the electronic structure of supported Pt nano-particles (NPs). Electrochemical measurements indicate that the Pt/SWNTs catalyst exhibited the highest current density, the lowest onset oxidation potential and the best stability for methanol electro-oxidation among the three samples, indicating SWNTs are an ideal anode catalyst supporting material for the practical application of direct methanol fuel cells. (author)

  13. Electrosynthesized Ni-Al Layered Double Hydroxide-Pt Nanoparticles as an Inorganic Nanocomposite and Potentate Anodic Material for Methanol Electrooxidation in Alkaline Media

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    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available In this study, Ni-Al layered double hydroxide (LDH-Pt nanoparticles (PtNPs as an inorganic nano-composite was electrosynthesized on the glassy carbon electrode (GCE by a facile and fast two-step electrochemical process. Structure and physicochemical properties of PtNPs/Ni-Al LDH/GCE were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry and electrochemical methods. Then, electrocatalytic and stability characterizations of the PtNPs/Ni-Al LDH/GCE for methanol oxidation in alkaline media were investigated in detail by cyclic voltammetry, chronoamperometry, and chronopotentiometry measurements. PtNPs/Ni-Al LDH/GCE exhibited higher electrocatalytic activity than PtNPs/GCE and Ni-Al LDH/GCE. Also, the resulted chronoam-perograms indicated that the PtNPs/Ni-Al LDH/GCE has a better stability. Copyright © 2017 BCREC GROUP. All rights reserved Received: 30th March 2016; Revised: 29th July 2016; Accepted: 9th September 2016 How to Cite: Habibi, B., Ghaderi, S. (2017. Electro Synthesized Ni-Al Layered Double Hydroxide-Pt Nanoparticles as an Inorganic Nanocomposite and Potentate Anodic Material for Methanol Electro-Oxidation in Alkaline Media. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering & Catalysis, 12(1: 1-13 (doi:10.9767/bcrec.12.1.460.1-13 Permalink/DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.9767/bcrec.12.1.460.1-13

  14. Study on the preparation of Pt nanocapsules

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    Zhang, Yi-fan; Ji, Zhen; Chen, Ke; Liu, Bo-wen; Jia, Cheng-chang; Yang, Shan-wu

    2017-01-01

    Ag@Pt core-shell nanoparticles (Ag@Pt NPs) were prepared by a co-reduction method. Pt nanocapsules with diameters of less than 10 nm were obtained by an electrochemical method. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) scanning was used to cavitate the Ag@Pt NPs, and the morphology, structure, and cavitation conditions were studied. The results indicate that the effective cavitation conditions to obtain Pt nanoparticles from Ag@Pt NPs are a scanning voltage of 0 to 0.8 V and continuous CV scanning over 2 h. This cavitation method is also applicable for the syntheses of Ir, Ru, and Ru-Pt nanocapsules.

  15. TEA controllable preparation of magnetite nanoparticles (Fe3O4 NPs) with excellent magnetic properties

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    Han, Chengliang; Zhu, Dejie; Wu, Hanzhao; Li, Yao; Cheng, Lu; Hu, Kunhong

    2016-06-01

    A fast and controllable synthesis method for superparamagnetic magnetite nanoparticles (Fe3O4 NPs) was developed in Fe(III)-triethanolamine (TEA) solution. The phase structure, morphology and particle size of the as-synthesized samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results showed that the magnetic particles were pure Fe3O4 with mean sizes of approximately 10 nm. The used TEA has key effects on the formation of well dispersing Fe3O4 NPs. Vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) result indicated that the as-obtained Fe3O4 NPs exhibited superparamagnetic behavior and the saturation magnetization (Ms) was about 70 emu/g, which had potential applications in magnetic science and technology.

  16. Bifunctional Nanoparticle-SILP Catalysts (NPs@SILP) for the Selective Deoxygenation of Biomass Substrates

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    Luska, Kylie L. [RWTH Aachen Univ. (Germany); Julis, Jennifer [RWTH Aachen Univ. (Germany); Evonik Industries AG, Marl (Germany); Stavitski, Eli [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Zakharov, Dmitri N. [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Adams, Alina [RWTH Aachen Univ. (Germany); Leitner, Walter [RWTH Aachen Univ. (Germany); Max Planck Inst. for Coal Research, Ruhr (Germany)

    2014-08-27

    We immobilized ruthenium nanoparticles onto an acidic supported ionic liquid phase (RuNPs@SILP) in the development of bifunctional catalysts for the selective deoxygenation of biomass substrates. RuNPs@SILPs possessed high catalytic activities, selectivities and recyclabilities in the hydrogenolytic deoxygenation and ring opening of C8- and C9-substrates derived from furfural or 5-hydroxymethylfurfural and acetone. When we tailor the acidity of the SILP through the ionic liquid loading provided a molecular parameter by which the catalytic activity and selectivity of the RuNPs@SILPs were controlled to provide a flexible catalyst system toward the formation of different classes of value-added products: cyclic ethers, primary alcohols or aliphatic ethers.

  17. Palladium-phosphorus/sulfur nanoparticles (NPs) decorated on graphene oxide: synthesis using the same precursor for NPs and catalytic applications in Suzuki-Miyaura coupling

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    Joshi, Hemant; Sharma, Kamal Nayan; Sharma, Alpesh K.; Singh, Ajai Kumar

    2014-04-01

    PdP2 and Pd4S nanoparticles (NPs) (size: ~2-6 and 9-15 nm respectively) have been prepared for the first time from a single source precursor complex [Pd(L)Cl2] (1) by its one pot thermolysis at 200 °C in TOP and OA/ODE (1 : 1) respectively. These NPs were stirred with graphene oxide (GO) at room temperature to prepare NP composites, GO-PdP2 and GO-Pd4S. The GO-PdP2 NPs have been synthesized for the first time. The thioether ligand L prepared by reaction of 1,3-dibromo-2-propanol with the in situ generated PhSNa reacts with [PdCl2(CH3CN)2] in CH3CN at 70 °C resulting in 1. The L and 1 have been characterized by 1H and 13C{1H} NMR and HR-MS. The single crystal structure of 1 determined by X-ray diffraction reveals nearly square planar geometry around the Pd metal centre. The catalytic activities of two palladium nano-phases having phosphorus and sulphur respectively as a co-constituent for Suzuki-Miyaura coupling have been found to be exceptionally different, as PdP2 nanoparticles (NPs) grafted on graphene oxide (GO-PdP2) are significantly more efficient than Pd4S NPs grafted on GO. Without grafting PdP2 and Pd4S both have low efficiency. This is the first report comparing the influence of P and S on the catalytic activity of Pd NPs. TEM, SEM-EDX and powder-XRD have been used to authenticate all NPs. The GO-PdP2 NPs have been found to be efficient catalysts for Suzuki-Miyaura coupling reactions (yield up to 96% in 30 min) at room temperature to 80 °C. Their recyclability has been found up to 6 cycles. In contrast, GO-Pd4S NPs are little active in comparison with GO-PdP2 NPs. The size of NPs and their distribution on GO appear to be key factors affecting the catalytic efficiency of the composite NPs. Leaching of Pd from GO-PdP2 NPs contributes significantly to the catalysis as evidenced by the three phase test, hot-filtration and recycling experiments. The catalysis is almost homogeneous.PdP2 and Pd4S nanoparticles (NPs) (size: ~2-6 and 9-15 nm respectively) have

  18. Pt nanoparticle modified single walled carbon nanotube network electrodes for electrocatalysis: control of the specific surface area over three orders of magnitude

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    Miller, T.S.; Sansuk, S.; Lai, S.C.S.; Macpherson, J.V.; Unwin, P.R.

    2015-01-01

    The electrodeposition of Pt nanoparticles (NPs) on two-dimensional single walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) network electrodes is investigated as a means of tailoring electrode surfaces with a well-defined amount of electrocatalytic material. Both Pt NP deposition and electrocatalytic studies are undert

  19. Tetrahexahedral Pt Nanoparticles: Comparing the Oxygen Reduction Reaction under Transient vs Steady-State Conditions

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    Deng, Yu-Jia; Wiberg, Gustav Karl Henrik; Zana, Alessandro

    2017-01-01

    -state conditions. As a benchmark, the ORR activity is compared with those of polycrystalline Pt and a commercial Pt/C catalyst. The results show that, under transient conditions, the catalytic performance of the THH Pt NPs and Pt/C are approximately the same and about 2 times lower than that of polycrystalline Pt....... However, under steady-state conditions the THH Pt NPs perform considerably better than Pt/C. Under steady-state conditions THH Pt NPs are even slightly more active than polycrystalline Pt...

  20. Recent Advances in FePt Nanoparticles for Biomedicine

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    Yujuan Shi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available FePt nanoparticles have great potential for biomedical applications due to their superior characteristics, including superparamagnetism, resistance to oxidation, and high chemical stability. The present paper reviews the methods used to prepare FePt nanoparticles, surface modifications, and their applications in the biomedical field, such as biosensing, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, targeted drug delivery, and therapy.

  1. Nonlinear optical properties of laser synthesized Pt nanoparticles: saturable and reverse saturable absorption

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    Chehrghani, A.; Torkamany, M. J.

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, the spectral and nonlinear optical properties of a colloidal solution of platinum nanoparticles (Pt NPs) in water are presented. The Pt NPs were prepared by laser ablation of a Pt metallic target in distilled water using a 1064 nm high frequency Nd:YAG laser. The intensity-dependent nonlinear optical absorption and nonlinear refraction behaviors of the sample exposed to the 532 nm nanosecond laser pulses were investigated by applying the Z-scan technique. The saturated nonlinear absorption coefficient 5.4 × 10-7 cm W-1 was obtained in a saturation intensity of 1.8 × 107 W cm-2. The saturable absorption response of the Pt NPs was switched to the reverse saturable absorption in the higher laser intensities. The nonlinear refractive index that has a negative value was increased from -3.5 × 10-13 cm2 W-1 up to -15 × 10-13 cm2 W-1 by increasing the laser intensity.

  2. Defect-induced loading of Pt nanoparticles on carbon nanotubes

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    Kim, Sung Jin; Park, Yong Jin; Ra, Eun Ju; Kim, Ki Kang; An, Kay Hyeok; Lee, Young Hee; Choi, Jae Young; Park, Chan Ho; Doo, Seok Kwang; Park, Min Ho; Yang, Cheol Woong

    2007-01-01

    Carbon nanotubes-supported Pt nanoparticles were loaded using a microwave oven on the defective carbon nanotubes generated by an additional oxidant during acid treatment. The authors' Raman spectra and x-ray diffraction analysis demonstrated that defects created during oxidation and microwave treatment acted as nucleation seeds for Pt adsorption. The generated Pt nanoparticles had the size distributions of 2-3nm and were uniformly distributed on the defects of carbon nanotubes. The authors' density functional calculations showed that the adsorption of Pt atom on the vacancy of nanotube was significantly stronger by s-p hybridization with carbon atoms near the defect site.

  3. The effect of nanoparticles size on photocatalytic and antimicrobial properties of Ag-Pt/TiO2 photocatalysts

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    Zielińska-Jurek, Anna; Wei, Zhishun; Wysocka, Izabela; Szweda, Piotr; Kowalska, Ewa

    2015-10-01

    Ag-Pt-modified TiO2 nanocomposites were synthesized using the sol-gel method. Bimetallic modified TiO2 nanoparticles exhibited improved photocatalytic activity under visible-light irradiation, better than monometallic Ag/TiO2 and Pt/TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs). All modified powders showed localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) in visible region. The photocatalysts' characteristics by X-ray diffractometry (XRD), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), nitrogen adsorption (BET method for specific surface area) showed that sample with the highest photocatalytic activity had anatase structure, about 93 m2/g specific surface area, maximum plasmon absorption at ca. 420 nm and contained small NPs of silver of 6 nm and very fine platinum NPs of 3 nm. The photocatalytic activity was estimated by measuring the decomposition rate of phenol in 0.2 mM aqueous solution under Vis and UV/vis light irradiation. It was found that size of platinum was decisive for the photocatalytic activity under visible light irradiation, i.e., the smaller Pt NPs were, the higher was photocatalytic activity. While, antimicrobial activities, estimated for bacteria Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus, and pathogenic fungi belonging to Candida family, were only observed for photocatalysts containing silver, i.e., Ag/TiO2 and Ag-Pt/TiO2 nanocomposites.

  4. Synthesis and characterization of Au@Pt nanoparticles

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    ZHAO Dan; WU Gang; XU Boqing

    2005-01-01

    Aucore-Ptshell (Au@Pt) nanoparticles were synthesized at room temperature by reducing K2PtCl6 with hydrogen in the solution containing Au colloids and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). The particles obtained were characterized with UV-Vis, TEM and XPS techniques. UV-Vis spectra show that the surface plasmon absorption feature of Au colloids is significantly reduced with increasing the amount of reduced Pt. TEM images that the metals are found always appear as spherical nanoparticles and their sizes grow apparently due to the reduction of PtCl62- ions, indicating that Pt is deposited from solution onto Au particle surface and forms a Pt-layer with uniform thickness. In the XPS spectra, the signals of Au metal decrease due to the reductive deposition of Pt on the surface of the Au colloids. UV-Vis and XPS data are consistent in showing that when the amount of Pt in the AuPt colloids is increased to reach an overall atomic ratio of Pt/Au=2, the Pt deposits form a shell covering completely the surface of Au particles, demonstrating the core-shell structure of the synthesized AuPt particles.

  5. Formation of FePt Nanoparticles Having High Coercivity

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    Rutledge, R.D. [Vanderbilt University; MorrisIII, William H [Vanderbilt University; Wellons, M.S. [Vanderbilt University; Gai, Zheng [ORNL; Shen, Jian [ORNL; Bentley, James [ORNL; Wittig, J. E. [Vanderbilt University; Lukehart, C.M. [Vanderbilt University

    2006-01-01

    Ultrasonication of toluene solutions of the heteropolynuclear cluster complex, Pt{sub 3}Fe{sub 3}(CO){sub 15}, in the presence of oleic acid and oleylamine affords surface-capped fcc FePt nanoparticles having an average diameter of ca. 2 nm. Self-assembled arrays of these nanoparticles on oxidized Si wafers undergo a fcc-to-fct phase transition at 775 C to form ferromagnetic FePt nanocrystals ca. 5.8 nm in diameter well dispersed on the Si wafer surface. Room-temperature coercivity measurements of these annealed FePt nanoparticles confirm a high coercivity of ca. 22.3 kOe. Such high coercivity for fct FePt nanoparticles might result from use of a heterpolynuclear complex as a single-source precursor of Fe and Pt neutral atoms or from use of ultrasonication to form fcc FePt nanoparticles under conditions of exceptionally rapid heating. Experiments to determine the critical experimental conditions required to achieve such high room-temperature coercivities in ferromagnetic nanoparticles are underway.

  6. Subcooled boiling of nano-particle suspensions on Pt wires

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    LI Chunhui; WANG Buxuan; PENG Xiaofeng

    2004-01-01

    An experimental investigation is conducted to explore the subcooled boiling characteristics of nano-particle suspensions on Pt wires. Some phenomena are observed for the boiling of water-SiO2 nano-particle suspensions on Pt wires. The experiments show that there exist not any evident differences for boiling of pure water and of nano-particle suspensions at high heat fluxes. However, bubble overlap phenomenon can be easily found for nano-particle suspensions at low heat fluxes, which probably results from the increase of the attracter force between bubbles and of the bubble mass.

  7. Modification of Thin Film Composite (TFC) Membrane by Incorporation with Copper Nanoparticles (Cu-NPs) for Antibacterial Properties

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    Zhong, Chen

    Membrane biofouling has been a challenging problem restricting the application of reverse osmosis (RO) desalination process. Copper is known for its antimicrobial properties and is easily available with low cost. In this paper, copper nanoparticles (Cu-NPs) with a mean diameter of 15nm were synthesized by the reduction of copper (II) chloride with sodium borohydride (NaBH4), using cetyl trimethylammonium bromide ((C16H33)N(CH3) 3Br, CTAB) as a capping agent. After purification of Cu-NPs by dialysis, the particles were successfully immobilized onto the surface of thin film composite (TFC) membranes via either electrostatic interactions or by covalent bonding with cysteamine as a linker. The electrostatic method was simply to immerse the newly made TFC membranes to the Cu-NPs suspension. Since the CTAB had formed cationic bilayer outside the Cu-NPs, the Cu-NPs was not only adsorbed on the membranes but also attached to the surface because of the electrostatic effect with the negatively charged membrane surface. The covalent bonding method utilized cysteamine (C4H12N2S 2) to activate the thin film layer with thiol functional groups first and then incorporated the metallic copper nanoparticles to form the stable covalent chemical bonding in between. The resulting membranes by these two methods were labeled as TFC-CuNPs and TFC-S-CuNPs, respectively, in this study. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) imaging and associated energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) showed that large amounts of Cu-NPs existed on both types of membranes. Surface hydrophilicity of the membranes was enhanced by the presence of Cu-NPs, as indicated by the measured contact angle of 63.25 +/- 0.75 for TFC, 38.63 +/- 2.16 for TFC-CuNPs, and 58.00 +/- 3.39 for TFC-S-CuNPs. Consistently, the water flux obtained from the RO desalination system was increased from 47.07 +/- 0.84 for TFC, 49.10 +/- 0.22 for TFC-CuNPs, and 69.13 +/- 1.43 for TFC-S-CuNPs, with this increase in hydrophilicity. The salt

  8. Construction of an amperometric glycated hemoglobin biosensor based on Au-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles and poly (indole-5-carboxylic acid) modified Au electrode.

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    Jain, Utkarsh; Gupta, Shaivya; Chauhan, Nidhi

    2017-07-14

    The glucose level measurement in the diabetic patient plays a vital role in identification of the treatments going on and it also provides the control over the diabetics. A new electrochemical sensing device was constructed for determination of glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) in whole blood samples. Fructosyl amine oxidase (FAO) was bioconjugated onto hybrid nanocomposite i.e., gold nanoparticles-platinum nanoparticles (AuNPs-PtNPs) and poly indole-5-carboxylic acid (PIN5COOH), deposited electrochemically on gold electrode. Bimetallic nanoparticles not only show their individual properties but also provides the synergistic effect between the two noble metal nanoparticles. AuNPs-PtNPs shown as an amplified sensing interface at lower voltage which makes the sensor more sensitive and specific. The FAO/AuNPs-PtNPs onto PIN5COOH/Au electrode shows a promising future in diagnosis of HbA1c and diabetes management. The novel sensor formed has good accuracy, selectivity, sensitivity, precision and reliability. In addition to these, it showed good storage stability and retained 50% of its initial activity within 12 weeks at 4°C. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Pt nanoparticles on graphene – polyelectrolyte nanocomposite: Investigation of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} and methanol electrocatalysis

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    Bragaru, Adina [National Institute for Research and Development in Microtechnology (IMT-Bucharest), 126A, Erou Iancu Nicolae, 077190 Bucharest (Romania); Vasile, Eugeniu [University Politehnica of Bucharest, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Material Science, Department of Science and Engineering of Oxidic Materials and Nanomaterials, 011061 Bucharest (Romania); Obreja, Cosmin; Kusko, Mihaela; Danila, Mihai [National Institute for Research and Development in Microtechnology (IMT-Bucharest), 126A, Erou Iancu Nicolae, 077190 Bucharest (Romania); Radoi, Antonio, E-mail: radoiantonio@yahoo.com [National Institute for Research and Development in Microtechnology (IMT-Bucharest), 126A, Erou Iancu Nicolae, 077190 Bucharest (Romania)

    2014-08-01

    Poly (diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA) functionalized graphene oxide (GO) decorated with Pt nanoparticles (PtNPs) was obtained and investigated. This hybrid nanocomposite material was morphologically characterized by several instrumental techniques like high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Good coverage of crystalline Pt nanoparticles was achieved, the average diameter being 2 nm, meanwhile in the absence of polyelectrolyte the average diameter increased up to 4 nm. The electrocatalytic properties of this hybrid nanocomposite against H{sub 2}O{sub 2} and methanol were ascertained by cyclic voltammetry. A modified glassy carbon electrode (GC) was able to reduce H{sub 2}O{sub 2} at positive potentials (starting from ∼150 mV vs. Ag/AgCl) meanwhile for methanol the ratio of the forward anodic peak current (I{sub f}) to the reverse anodic peak current (I{sub b}) was 1.42, indicating good tolerance of the catalyst towards the intermediate carbonaceous species accumulated on the electrode surface. - Highlights: • Hybrid nanocomposite for H{sub 2}O{sub 2} and methanol electrocatalysis. • A good coverage of PtNPs on graphene polyelectrolyte composite was obtained. • The efficiency for PtNPs-GO-PDDA is similar to commercially available catalysts. • Good tolerance towards carbonaceous species during methanol oxidation.

  10. Study of fungicidal properties of colloidal silver nanoparticles (AgNPs on trout egg pathogen, Saprolegnia sp.

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    Seyed Ali Johari

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs are known to have bactericidal and fungicidal effects. Since, there is few information available on the interaction of colloidal nanosilver with fish pathogens. Hence, the current study investigated the effects of colloidal AgNPs on the in vitro growth of the fish pathogen Saprolegnia sp.. Before the experiments, various important properties of AgNPs were well-characterized. The antifungal activity of AgNPs was then evaluated by determining the minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs using two-fold serial dilutions of colloidal nanosilver in a glucose yeast extract agar at 22ºC. The growth of Saprolegnia sp. on the AgNPs agar treatments was compared to that of nanosilver-free agar as controls. The results showed that AgNPs have an inhibitory effect on the in vitro growth of the tested fungi. The MIC of AgNPs for Saprolegnia sp. was calculated at 1800 mg/L, which is equal to 0.18 percent. It seems that AgNPs could be a proper replacement for teratogenic and toxic agents, such as malachite green. In addition, the indirect use of AgNPs could be a useful method for providing new antifungal activity in aquaculture systems.

  11. Monodispersive CoPt Nanoparticles Synthesized Using Chemical Reduction Method

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    SHEN Cheng-Min; HUI Chao; YANG Tian-Zhong; XIAO Cong-Wen; CHEN Shu-Tang; DING Hao; GAO Hong-Jun

    2008-01-01

    @@ Monodispersive CoPt nanoparticles in sizes of about 2.2 nm are synthesized by superhydride reduction of CoCl2 and PtCl2 in diphenyl ether. The as-prepared nanoparticles show a chemically disordered A1 structure and are superparamagnetic. Thermal annealing transforms the A1 structure into chemically ordered L1o structure and the particles are ferromagnetic at room temperature.

  12. The effect of nanoparticles size on photocatalytic and antimicrobial properties of Ag-Pt/TiO{sub 2} photocatalysts

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    Zielińska-Jurek, Anna, E-mail: annjurek@pg.gda.pl [Department of Chemical Technology, Faculty of Chemistry, Gdansk University of Technology, 80-233 Gdansk (Poland); Wei, Zhishun [Catalysis Research Center, Hokkaido University, N21, W10, 001-0021, Sapporo (Japan); Wysocka, Izabela [Department of Chemical Technology, Faculty of Chemistry, Gdansk University of Technology, 80-233 Gdansk (Poland); Szweda, Piotr [Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biochemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Gdansk University of Technology, 80-233 Gdansk (Poland); Kowalska, Ewa [Catalysis Research Center, Hokkaido University, N21, W10, 001-0021, Sapporo (Japan)

    2015-10-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Enhanced photocatalytic activity under visible light for bimetallic Ag-Pt/TiO{sub 2} was observed. • Phenol was removed efficiently after 60 min irradiation under Vis. • Most active sample contains fine Pt (1–3 nm) on TiO{sub 2}. • Ag/TiO{sub 2}, Ag-Pt/TiO{sub 2} revealed antimicrobial activity. - Abstract: Ag-Pt-modified TiO{sub 2} nanocomposites were synthesized using the sol–gel method. Bimetallic modified TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles exhibited improved photocatalytic activity under visible-light irradiation, better than monometallic Ag/TiO{sub 2} and Pt/TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles (NPs). All modified powders showed localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) in visible region. The photocatalysts’ characteristics by X-ray diffractometry (XRD), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), nitrogen adsorption (BET method for specific surface area) showed that sample with the highest photocatalytic activity had anatase structure, about 93 m{sup 2}/g specific surface area, maximum plasmon absorption at ca. 420 nm and contained small NPs of silver of 6 nm and very fine platinum NPs of 3 nm. The photocatalytic activity was estimated by measuring the decomposition rate of phenol in 0.2 mM aqueous solution under Vis and UV/vis light irradiation. It was found that size of platinum was decisive for the photocatalytic activity under visible light irradiation, i.e., the smaller Pt NPs were, the higher was photocatalytic activity. While, antimicrobial activities, estimated for bacteria Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus, and pathogenic fungi belonging to Candida family, were only observed for photocatalysts containing silver, i.e., Ag/TiO{sub 2} and Ag-Pt/TiO{sub 2} nanocomposites.

  13. All-proportional solid-solution Rh–Pd–Pt alloy nanoparticles by femtosecond laser irradiation of aqueous solution with surfactant

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    Sarker, Md. Samiul Islam, E-mail: samiul-phy@ru.ac.bd; Nakamura, Takahiro; Sato, Shunichi [Tohoku University, Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials (Japan)

    2015-06-15

    Formation of Rh–Pd–Pt solid-solution alloy nanoparticles (NPs) by femtosecond laser irradiation of aqueous solution in the presence of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) or citrate as a stabilizer was studied. It was found that the addition of surfactant (PVP or citrate) significantly contributed to reduce the mean size of the particles to 3 nm for PVP and 10 nm for citrate, which was much smaller than that of the particles fabricated without any surfactants (20 nm), and improved the dispersion state as well as the colloidal stability. The solid-solution formation of the Rh–Pd–Pt alloy NPs was confirmed by the XRD results that the diffraction pattern was a single peak, which was found between the positions corresponding to each pure Rh, Pd, and Pt NPs. Moreover, all the elements were homogeneously distributed in every particle by STEM-EDS elemental mapping, strongly indicating the formation of homogeneous solid-solution alloy. Although the Rh–Pd–Pt alloy NPs fabricated with PVP was found to be Pt rich by EDS observation, the composition of NPs fabricated with citrate almost exactly preserved the feeding ratio of ions in the mixed solution. To our best knowledge, these results demonstrated for the first time, the formation of all-proportional solid-solution Rh–Pd–Pt alloy NPs with well size control.

  14. A silk derived carbon fiber mat modified with Au@Pt urchilike nanoparticles: A new platform as electrochemical microbial biosensor.

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    Deng, Liu; Guo, Shaojun; Zhou, Ming; Liu, Ling; Liu, Chang; Dong, Shaojun

    2010-06-15

    We present here a facile and efficient route to prepare silk derived carbon mat modified with Au@Pt urchilike nanoparticles (Au@Pt NPs) and develop an Escherichia coli (E. coli)-based electrochemical sensor using this material. Silk is a natural protein fiber, and it is abundant with kinds of functionalities which are important in the development of the derived material. The S-derived carbon fiber mat have amino, pyridine and carbonyl functional groups, these natural existent functionalities allow the Au@Pt NPs to self-assemble on the carbon fiber surface and provide a biocompatible microenvironment for bacteria. The Au@Pt NPs modified S-derived carbon fiber is sensitive to detect the E. coli activities with a low detection limit, where glucose is used as a prelimiltary substrate to evaluate them. The performance of Au@Pt/carbon fiber mat based biosensor is much better than that of commercial carbon paper based biosensor. The high sensitivity of this biosensor stems from the unique electrocatalytic properties of Au@Pt urchilike NPs and quinone groups presented in S-derived carbon fiber. This biosensor is also tested for detection of organophosphate pesticides, fenamiphos. The relative inhibition of E. coli activity is linear with -log[fenamiphos] at the concentration range from 0.5mg/L to 36.6 mg/L with lowest observable effect concentration (LOEC) of 0.09 mg/L. The Au@Pt NPs modified S-derived carbon fiber mat possesses high conductivity, biocompatibility and high electrocatalytic activity and be can used as advanced electrode materials for microbial biosensor improvement. The microbial biosensor based on this material shows potential applications in environmental monitoring.

  15. The effect of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) on proliferation and apoptosis of in ovo cultured glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) cells

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    Urbańska, Kaja; Pająk, Beata; Orzechowski, Arkadiusz; Sokołowska, Justyna; Grodzik, Marta; Sawosz, Ewa; Szmidt, Maciej; Sysa, Paweł

    2015-03-01

    Recently, it has been shown that silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) provide a unique approach to the treatment of tumors, especially those of neuroepithelial origin. Thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of AgNPs on proliferation and activation of the intrinsic apoptotic pathway of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) cells cultured in an in ovo model. Human GBM cells, line U-87, were placed on chicken embryo chorioallantoic membrane. After 8 days, the tumors were divided into three groups: control (non-treated), treated with colloidal AgNPs (40 μg/ml), and placebo (tumors supplemented with vehicle only). At the end of the experiment, all tumors were isolated. Assessment of cell proliferation and cell apoptosis was estimated by histological, immunohistochemical, and Western blot analyses. The results show that AgNPs can influence GBM growth. AgNPs inhibit proliferation of GBM cells and seem to have proapoptotic properties. Although there were statistically significant differences between control and AgNP groups in the AI and the levels of active caspase 9 and active caspase 3, the level of these proteins in GBM cells treated with AgNPs seems to be on the border between the spontaneous apoptosis and the induced. Our results indicate that the antiproliferative properties of silver nanoparticles overwhelm proapoptotic ones. Further research focused on the cytotoxic effect of AgNPs on tumor and normal cells should be conducted.

  16. Methods to synthesize NiPt bimetallic nanoparticles by a reversed-phase microemulsion, deposition of NiPt bimetallic nanoparticles on a support, and application of the supported catalyst for CO2 reforming of methane

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    Biausque, Gregory

    2015-09-24

    Embodiments of the present disclosure provide for NiPt nanoparticles, compositions and supports including NiPt nanoparticles, methods of making NiPt nanoparticles, methods of supporting NiPt nanoparticles, methods of using NiPt nanoparticles, and the like.

  17. Controlled co-deposition of FePt nanoparticles embedded in MgO: a detailed investigation of structure and electronic and magnetic properties

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    D'Addato, S.; Grillo, V.; di Bona, A.; Luches, P.; Frabboni, S.; Valeri, S.; Lupo, P.; Casoli, F.; Albertini, F.

    2013-12-01

    Films of FePt nanoparticles (NPs) embedded in MgO were obtained by controlled co-deposition of FePt NPs pre-formed by a gas aggregation source and of Mg evaporated in an oxygen atmosphere. Assemblies of core-shell FePt@MgO NPs and films of FePt NPs embedded in MgO matrix could be obtained by varying FePt and Mg deposition rates. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high resolution-TEM revealed the core-shell structure of the NPs, with an FePt core (of average diameter = 4.75 nm) presenting a multitwinned icosahedral structure, and MgO partially in crystalline form. The functional effect of the MgO shell in shielding the FePt core from external oxidation was shown with XPS. Upon controlled annealing, a transition from A1 to L10 ordering could be obtained, with structural and morphological re-arrangement. The magnetic hysteresis loops obtained from alternating gradient field magnetometry at room temperature show a ‘wasp-waist’ shape, with small values of coercive field (Hc = 300-1400 Oe), decreasing at increasing amounts of co-deposited MgO.

  18. Controlled co-deposition of FePt nanoparticles embedded in MgO: a detailed investigation of structure and electronic and magnetic properties.

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    D'Addato, S; Grillo, V; di Bona, A; Luches, P; Frabboni, S; Valeri, S; Lupo, P; Casoli, F; Albertini, F

    2013-12-13

    Films of FePt nanoparticles (NPs) embedded in MgO were obtained by controlled co-deposition of FePt NPs pre-formed by a gas aggregation source and of Mg evaporated in an oxygen atmosphere. Assemblies of core-shell FePt@MgO NPs and films of FePt NPs embedded in MgO matrix could be obtained by varying FePt and Mg deposition rates. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high resolution-TEM revealed the core-shell structure of the NPs, with an FePt core (of average diameter (d) = 4.75 nm) presenting a multitwinned icosahedral structure, and MgO partially in crystalline form. The functional effect of the MgO shell in shielding the FePt core from external oxidation was shown with XPS. Upon controlled annealing, a transition from A1 to L10 ordering could be obtained, with structural and morphological re-arrangement. The magnetic hysteresis loops obtained from alternating gradient field magnetometry at room temperature show a 'wasp-waist' shape, with small values of coercive field (Hc = 300-1400 Oe), decreasing at increasing amounts of co-deposited MgO.

  19. Evaluation of AgClNPs@SBA-15/IL nanoparticle-induced oxidative stress and DNA mutation in Escherichia coli.

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    Karimi, Farrokh; Dabbagh, Somayyeh; Alizadeh, Sina; Rostamnia, Sadegh

    2016-08-01

    The bactericidal effects of silver nanoparticles have been demonstrated in the past years. Recently, the new antimicrobial compounds of silver nanoparticles with different formulations have been developed. In this work, AgClNPs@SBA-15/IL as a new compound of Ag nanoparticles, was synthesized and characterized by XRD, TEM, SEM, FTIR, and EDX. The antibacterial activity and the molecular mechanism effects of AgClNPs@SBA-15/IL nanoparticles (SNPs) on Escherichia coli DH5α cells were investigated by analyzing the growth inhibitory, H2O2 level, catalase activity, DNA mutation, and plasmid copy number following treatment with AgClNPs@SBA-15/IL nanoparticles. In experimental results, the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) was observed in 75 μg/ml and the antibacterial efficacy (ABE) in CFU analysis was estimated 95.3 %. In bacterial cells treated with 75 and 100 μg/ml, H2O2 level significantly increased and catalase activity decreased compared with control. The random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) was used to evaluate the effect of AgClNPs@SBA-15/IL nanoparticles in DNA damages and mutation in E. coli genome. RADP-PCR results indicated different banding patterns including appearance or disappearance of bands and differences in their intensity. Cluster analysis of the RAPD-PCR results based on genetic similarity showed genetic difference between E. coli cells treated with AgClNPs@SBA-15/IL nanoparticles, and control and phylogenetic tree were divided to two clusters. Plasmid copy number analysis indicated that after 8 h incubation of E. coli cells with 50, 75, and 100 μg/ml AgClNPs@SBA-15/IL nanoparticles, copy number of pET21a (+) significantly decreased compared with control which indicating DNA replication inhibition by Ag nanoparticles. In conclusion, the results of this study indicated that AgClNPs@SBA-15/IL nanoparticles can be used as an effective bactericidal agent against bacterial cells.

  20. Bifunctional electrocatalysis in pt-ru nanoparticle systems.

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    Roth, C; Benker, N; Theissmann, R; Nichols, R J; Schiffrin, D J

    2008-03-04

    Pt-Ru alloys are prominent electrocatalysts in fuel cell anodes as they feature a very high activity for the oxidation of reformate and methanol. The improved CO tolerance of these alloys has been discussed in relation to the so-called ligand and bifunctional mechanisms. Although these effects have been known for many years, they are still not completely understood. A new approach that bridges the gap between single crystals and practical catalysts is presented in this paper. Nanoparticulate model systems attached to an oxidized glassy carbon electrode were prepared by combining both ligand-stabilized and spontaneously deposited Pt and Ru nanoparticles. These electrodes showed very different voltammetric responses for CO and methanol oxidation. The cyclic voltammograms were deconvoluted into contributions attributed to Pt, Ru, and Pt-Ru contact regions to quantify the contribution of the latter to the bifunctional mechanism. Scanning transmission electron microscopy confirmed the proximity of Pt and Ru nanoparticles in the different samples.

  1. Evaluation of Cytotoxic Effects of Different Concentrations of Porous Hollow Au Nanoparticles (PHAuNPs on Cells

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    Smitha Rao

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanoparticles (NPs have been introduced as a suitable alternative in many in vivo bioapplications. The risks of utilizing nanoparticles continue to be an ongoing research. Furthermore, the various chemicals used in their synthesis influence the cytotoxic effects of nanoparticles. We have investigated the cytotoxicity of Porous Hollow Au Nanoparticles (PHAuNPs on cancer cell lines PC-3, PC-3ML, and MDA-MB-231 and the normal cell line PNT1A. Cell proliferation for the different cells in the presence of different concentrations of the PHAuNPs was assessed after 24 hours and 72 hours of incubation using MTT assay. The study also included the cytotoxic evaluation of pegylated PHAuNPs. Identical cell seeding densities, particle concentrations, and incubation times were employed for these two types of Au nanoparticles. Our results indicated that (1 impact on cell proliferation was concentration dependent and was different for the different cell types without cellular necrosis and (b cellular proliferation might be impacted more based on the cell line.

  2. Controlling core/shell Au/FePt nanoparticle electrocatalysis via changing the core size and shell thickness.

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    Sun, Xiaolian; Li, Dongguo; Guo, Shaojun; Zhu, Wenlei; Sun, Shouheng

    2016-02-01

    Using a modified seed-mediated method, we synthesized core/shell Au/FePt nanoparticles (NPs) with Au sizes of 4, 7, and 9 nm and the FePt shell was controlled to have similar FePt compositions and 0.5, 1, and 2 nm thickness. We studied both core and shell effects on electrochemical and electrocatalytic properties of the Au/FePt NPs, and found that the Au core did change the redox chemistry of the FePt shell and promoted its electrochemical oxidation of methanol. The catalytic activity was dependent on the FePt thicknesses, but not much on the Au core sizes, and the 1 nm FePt shell was found to be the optimal thickness for catalyzing methanol oxidation in 0.1 M HClO4 + 0.1 M methanol, offering not only high activity (1.19 mA cm(-2) at 0.5 V vs. Ag/AgCl), but also enhanced stability. Our studies demonstrate a general approach to the design and tuning of shell catalysis in the core/shell structure to achieve optimal catalysis for important electrochemical reactions.

  3. An ethanol/O{sub 2} biofuel cell based on an electropolymerized bilirubin oxidase/Pt nanoparticle bioelectrocatalytic O{sub 2}-reduction cathode

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    Yan, Yi-Ming; Baravik, Ilina; Tel-Vered, Ran; Willner, Itamar [Institute of Chemistry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel)

    2009-11-13

    An effective O{sub 2}-reducing bioelectrocatalytic electrode is prepared by the electrochemical crosslinking of thioaniline-modified Pt nanoparticles (NPs) and thioaniline-functionalized bilirubin oxidase (BOD). An O{sub 2}/ethanol biofuel cell element is constructed by integrating the Pt NP/BOD cathode and an electrically contacted alcohol dehydrogenase (AlcDH)-based anode. (Abstract Copyright [2009], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  4. Water-soluble L-cysteine-coated FePt nanoparticles as dual MRI/CT imaging contrast agent for glioma.

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    Liang, Shuyan; Zhou, Qing; Wang, Min; Zhu, Yanhong; Wu, Qingzhi; Yang, Xiangliang

    2015-01-01

    Nanoparticles (NPs) are advantageous for the delivery of diagnosis agents to brain tumors. In this study, we attempted to develop an L-cysteine coated FePt (FePt-Cys) NP as MRI/CT imaging contrast agent for the diagnosis of malignant gliomas. FePt-Cys NPs were synthesized through a co-reduction route, which was characterized by transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, powder X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and dynamic light scattering. The MRI and CT imaging ability of FePt-Cys NPs was evaluated using different gliomas cells (C6, SGH44, U251) as the model. Furthermore, the biocompatibility of the as-synthesized FePt-Cys NPs was evaluated using three different cell lines (ECV304, L929, and HEK293) as the model. The results showed that FePt-Cys NPs displayed excellent biocompatibility and good MRI/CT imaging ability, thereby indicating promising potential as a dual MRI/CT contrast agent for the diagnosis of brain malignant gliomas.

  5. Impact of bio-palladium nanoparticles (bio-Pd NPs) on the activity and structure of a marine microbial community.

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    Nuzzo, Andrea; Hosseinkhani, Baharak; Boon, Nico; Zanaroli, Giulio; Fava, Fabio

    2017-01-01

    Biogenic palladium nanoparticles (bio-Pd NPs) represent a promising catalyst for organohalide remediation in water and sediments. However, the available information regarding their possible impact in case of release into the environment, particularly on the environmental microbiota, is limited. In this study the toxicity of bio-Pd NPs on the model marine bacterium V. fischeri was assessed. The impacts of different concentrations of bio-Pd NPs on the respiratory metabolisms (i.e. organohalide respiration, sulfate reduction and methanogenesis) and the structure of a PCB-dechlorinating microbial community enriched form a marine sediment were also investigated in microcosms mimicking the actual sampling site conditions. Bio-Pd NPs had no toxic effect on V. fischeri. In addition, they had no significant effects on PCB-dehalogenating activity, while showing a partial, dose-dependent inhibitory effect on sulfate reduction as well as on methanogenesis. No toxic effects by bio-Pd NPs could be also observed on the total bacterial community structure, as its biodiversity was increased compared to the not exposed community. In addition, resilience of the microbial community to bio-Pd NPs exposure was observed, being the final community organization (Gini coefficient) of samples exposed to bio-Pd NPs similar to that of the not exposed one. Considering all the factors evaluated, bio-Pd NPs could be deemed as non-toxic to the marine microbiota in the conditions tested. This is the first study in which the impact of bio-Pd NPs is extensively evaluated over a microbial community in relevant environmental conditions, providing important information for the assessment of their environmental safety.

  6. Hydrothermal synthesis of one-dimensional assemblies of Pt nanoparticles and their sensor application for simultaneous determination of dopamine and ascorbic acid

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    Wang Wei [Qingdao University of Science and Technology, Key Laboratory of Nanostructured Materials (China); Wang Qingxiang [Zhangzhou Normal University (China); Zhang Zhikun, E-mail: zhangzk@qust.edu.c [Qingdao University of Science and Technology, Key Laboratory of Nanostructured Materials (China)

    2008-12-15

    One-dimensional assemblies of Pt nanoparticles (NPs) with the size range of 10-20 nm have been synthesized via a simple hydrothermal route using soluble starch as both template and reducing agent. The formation mechanism of the product was studied in details. The electrochemical behavior of dopamine (DA) and ascorbic acid (AA) on the prepared one-dimensionally assembled Pt NPs modified glassy carbon electrode were studied by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) techniques and showed satisfactory results for the simultaneous determination of DA and AA by resolving the overlapping voltammetric responses of DA and AA into two voltammetric peaks.

  7. Ion-irradiation induced chemical ordering of FePt and FePtAu nanoparticles

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    Seetala, Naidu V.; Harrell, J. W.; Lawson, Jeremy; Nikles, David E.; Williams, John R.; Isaacs-Smith, Tamara

    2005-12-01

    We have studied the effect of ion-beam irradiation on reducing the ordering temperature of FePt and FePtAu nanoparticles. FePt and FePt(Au14%) 4 nm particles dispersed on a Si-substrate were irradiated by 300 keV Al-ions with a dose of 1 × 1016 ions/cm2 at 43 °C using a water-cooled flange in order to minimize the vacancy migration and voids formation within the collision cascades. Partial chemical ordering has been observed in as-irradiated particles with coercivity of 60-130 Oe. Post-irradiation annealing at 220 °C enhanced chemical ordering in FePt nanoparticles with coercivity of 3500 Oe, magnetic anisotropy of 1.5 × 107 erg/cc, and thermal stability factor of 130. A much higher 375 °C post-irradiation annealing was required in FePtAu, presumably because Au atoms were trapped at Fe/Pt lattice sites at lower temperatures. As the annealing temperature increased, anomalous features in the magnetization reversal curves were observed that disappeared at higher annealing temperatures.

  8. Ion-irradiation induced chemical ordering of FePt and FePtAu nanoparticles

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    Seetala, Naidu V. [Department of Physics, Grambling State University, RWE Jones Drive, Carver Hall 81, Grambling, LA 71245 (United States)]. E-mail: naidusv@gram.edu; Harrell, J.W. [MINT Center, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 (United States); Lawson, Jeremy [MINT Center, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 (United States); Nikles, David E. [MINT Center, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 (United States); Williams, John R. [Department of Physics, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849 (United States); Isaacs-Smith, Tamara [Department of Physics, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849 (United States)

    2005-12-15

    We have studied the effect of ion-beam irradiation on reducing the ordering temperature of FePt and FePtAu nanoparticles. FePt and FePt(Au14%) 4 nm particles dispersed on a Si-substrate were irradiated by 300 keV Al-ions with a dose of 1 x 10{sup 16} ions/cm{sup 2} at 43 {sup o}C using a water-cooled flange in order to minimize the vacancy migration and voids formation within the collision cascades. Partial chemical ordering has been observed in as-irradiated particles with coercivity of 60-130 Oe. Post-irradiation annealing at 220 {sup o}C enhanced chemical ordering in FePt nanoparticles with coercivity of 3500 Oe, magnetic anisotropy of 1.5 x 10{sup 7} erg/cc, and thermal stability factor of 130. A much higher 375 {sup o}C post-irradiation annealing was required in FePtAu, presumably because Au atoms were trapped at Fe/Pt lattice sites at lower temperatures. As the annealing temperature increased, anomalous features in the magnetization reversal curves were observed that disappeared at higher annealing temperatures.

  9. A label-free colorimetric aptasensor for simple, sensitive and selective detection of Pt (II) based on platinum (II)-oligonucleotide coordination induced gold nanoparticles aggregation.

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    Fan, Daoqing; Zhai, Qingfeng; Zhou, Weijun; Zhu, Xiaoqing; Wang, Erkang; Dong, Shaojun

    2016-11-15

    Herein, a gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) based label-free colorimetric aptasensor for simple, sensitive and selective detection of Pt (II) was constructed for the first time. Four bases (G-G mismatch) mismatched streptavidin aptamer (MSAA) was used to protect AuNPs from salt-induced aggregation and recognize Pt (II) specifically. Only in the presence of Pt (II), coordination occurs between G-G bases and Pt (II), leading to the activation of streptavidin aptamer. Streptavidin coated magnetic beads (MBs) were used as separation agent to separate Pt (II)-coordinated MSAA. The residual less amount of MSAA could not efficiently protect AuNPs anymore and aggregation of AuNPs will produce a colorimetric product. With the addition of Pt (II), a pale purple-to-blue color variation could be observed by the naked eye. A detection limit of 150nM and a linear range from 0.6μM to 12.5μM for Pt (II) could be achieved without any amplification.

  10. Plant Polyphenol-Assisted Green Synthesis of Hollow CoPt Alloy Nanoparticles for Dual-Modality Imaging Guided Photothermal Therapy.

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    Song, Xiao-Rong; Yu, Shu-Xian; Jin, Gui-Xiao; Wang, Xiaoyong; Chen, Jianzhong; Li, Juan; Liu, Gang; Yang, Huang-Hao

    2016-03-01

    Theranostic nanomedicines that integrate diagnostic and therapeutic moieties into a single nanoscale platform are playing an increasingly important role in fighting cancer. Here, a facile and green synthetic strategy for hollow CoPt alloy nanoparticles (HCPA-NPs) using plant polyphenols as assisted agents is reported for the first time. This novel strategy enables size-controlled synthesis of HCPA-NPs through the control of the molecular sizes of polyphenols. It is also a versatile strategy for synthesizing other hollow alloy nanoparticles with various metal compositions due to the diverse metal-chelating ability of the polyphenols. Further studies show that HCPA-NPs have good biocompatibility and can be successfully implemented for magnetic resonance and photoacoustic dual-modal imaging guided photothermal therapy. This work brings new insights for the green synthesis of hollow nanoparticles and extends these biocompatible nanoparticles for theranostic applications. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. Electrochemical characters and structure changes of electrochemically treated Pt nanoparticles

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    Yuan, Huiping; Qiu, Xinping; Chen, Liquan [Key Laboratory of Organic Optoelectronics and Molecular Engineering, Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Lab of Advanced Power Sources, Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University, Shenzhen 518055 (China); Song, Huanqiao; Zhu, Wentao [Key Laboratory of Organic Optoelectronics and Molecular Engineering, Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2010-01-15

    In this paper, the surface and electrochemical characters of the Pt/CNT electrode before and after voltammetric cyclings were studied using high resolution transmission electron microscopy imaging (HRTEM), X-ray photon electron spectroscopy (XPS) and cyclic voltammetry measurements of CO and methanol oxidation. It was found that Pt nanoparticles were not stable and formed the linked and agglomerated structures. The changes of the crystallites led to the peak multiplicity, the negative shift of CO oxidation peaks, and the increase of the current density of methanol oxidation. We considered the specific activities were due to the increases of oxygen species and defect sites on Pt. (author)

  12. The Interactions between ZnO Nanoparticles (NPs and α-Linolenic Acid (LNA Complexed to BSA Did Not Influence the Toxicity of ZnO NPs on HepG2 Cells

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    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Background: Nanoparticles (NPs entering the biological environment could interact with biomolecules, but little is known about the interaction between unsaturated fatty acids (UFA and NPs. Methods: This study used α-linolenic acid (LNA complexed to bovine serum albumin (BSA for UFA and HepG2 cells for hepatocytes. The interactions between BSA or LNA and ZnO NPs were studied. Results: The presence of BSA or LNA affected the hydrodynamic size, zeta potential, UV-Vis, fluorescence, and synchronous fluorescence spectra of ZnO NPs, which indicated an interaction between BSA or LNA and NPs. Exposure to ZnO NPs with the presence of BSA significantly induced the damage to mitochondria and lysosomes in HepG2 cells, associated with an increase of intracellular Zn ions, but not intracellular superoxide. Paradoxically, the release of inflammatory cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6 was decreased, which indicated the anti-inflammatory effects of ZnO NPs when BSA was present. The presence of LNA did not significantly affect all of these endpoints in HepG2 cells exposed to ZnO NPs and BSA. Conclusions: the results from the present study indicated that BSA-complexed LNA might modestly interact with ZnO NPs, but did not significantly affect ZnO NPs and BSA-induced biological effects in HepG2 cells.

  13. Electrochemical Sensor for Oxidation of NO Based on Au-Pt Nanoparticles Self-assembly Film

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    XIE,Jia; YU,Zhihui; XIA,Dingguo

    2009-01-01

    Au-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles film used as an efficient electrochemical sensor was prepared by self-assembled Au-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles on a glassy carbon (GC) substrate using thioglycolic acid as a linker. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) showed that the Au-Pt nanoparticles self-assembly film was dense and uniform. Electrochemical experiments revealed that Au-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles film/GC electrode showed high electrocatalytic activity to the oxidation of nitric oxide.

  14. Characterization of FePt nanoparticles in FePt/C multilayers

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    Barradas, N.P. E-mail: nunoni@itn.mces.pt; Alves, E.; Babonneau, D

    2004-06-01

    The areal density growth of recording media is expected to reach 100 Gbit/in.{sup 2} within a few years. Such high densities require magnetic grain sizes of 10 nm or less, which is close to the superparamagnetic limit of current media. Therefore, in order to retain thermal stability, it is essential to use a magnetic material with high anisotropy energy. Ordered metallic phases such as FePt and CoPt, which have very large magnetocrystalline anisotropy, are regarded as attractive candidates. We have deposited at different temperatures by ion beam sputtering C/(FePt/C){sub x20} multilayers, with nominal thickness t{sub C}=4 nm and t{sub FePt}=1 nm. The FePt consists of nanoparticles embedded in the C matrix. Using Rutherford backscattering at grazing angles of incidence, we determined the stoichiometry of the nanoparticles, the multilayer periodicity and the nanoparticle height. We compare the results with X-ray reflectivity, grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering, and transmission electron microscopy results.

  15. Exchange-Coupled FePt Nanoparticle Assembly

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    Zeng, Hao; Vedantam, T.; Dai, Z. R.; Wang, Z. L.; Liu, J. P.; Sun, Shouheng

    2002-03-01

    High-performance permanent magnetic materials for energy-related applications need large energy-products. A permanent magnet with large (BH) products should exhibit both a high saturation magnetization , M_s, and a large coercive field, H_c. L10 ordered FePt has high Ms ( ~ 1100 emu/cm^3) and large magnetocrystalline anisotropy constant Ku (> 5e10^7 erg/cm^3), therefore may be a suitable candidates for permanent magnetic materials. We report synthesis of exchange-coupled FePt nanoparticle assemblies via solution phase deposition and controlled thermal annealing. FePt nanoparticles are prepared by high temperature solution phase decomposition of Fe(CO)_5and reduction of Pt(acac)2 in the presence of oleic acid and oleyl amine. The Fe and Pt composition of the nanoparticles is tuned by adjusting the molar ratio of Fe(CO)5 to Pt(acac)_2. The nanoparticles are easily dispersed into alkane solvent. Depositing particle dispersion on a solid substrate and controlling solvent evaporation yield self-organized magnetic nanoparticle assemblies. Magnetic hysteresis loops, remanence curves, and δM measurements show that annealing for short time under nitrogen yields isolated particle assemblies with random crystalline orientations. Prolonged annealing under reducing atmosphere leads to the evaporation of the organic surfactants, and results in grain agglomeration and inter grain exchange coupling. The degree of coupling can be readily controlled by annealing conditions. Changes in the magnetization reversal behavior have also been observed.This work is supported by DARPA No. DAAD 19-01-1-0546.

  16. Pt- and FePt- nanoparticles on the basis of emulsion techniques

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    Manzke, Achim; Wiedemann, Stefan; Enderle, Fabian; Plettl, Alfred; Ziemann, Paul [Institut fuer Festkoerperphysik, Universitaet Ulm (Germany); Schreiber, Eyk; Ziener, Ulrich [Institut fuer Organische Chemie III, Universitaet Ulm (Germany); Vogel, Nicolas; Landfester, Katharina [MPI fuer Polymerforschung, Mainz (Germany); Biskupek, Johannes; Kaiser, Ute [Materialwissenschaftliche Elektronenmikroskopie, Universitaet Ulm (Germany)

    2010-07-01

    Metal-precursor loaded colloidal polystyrene (PS) particles in aqueous solution are produced by an emulsion and miniemulsion technique, respectively. We report on colloids loaded with Pt- as well as with Fe- and Pt-complexes. After deposition of a hexagonally ordered monolayer of PS spheres on top of a silicon substrate, optimized plasma and temper sequences are applied to obtain metallic nanoparticles which still exhibit the original lateral order. The metal content within a colloid defines the size of the final particle, which could be varied between 6 and 14 nm, so far. The interparticle distance is determined by the diameter of the starting PS-particles and was varied between 80 and 250 nm. Different process steps are investigated by HRSEM, HRTEM and XPS giving insight in the plasma- and annealing process and demonstrating e.g. the crystalline structure of the Pt- nanoparticles.

  17. Au-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles supported on functionalized nitrogen-doped graphene for sensitive detection of nitrite.

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    Li, Zhuang; An, Zhenzhen; Guo, Yongyang; Zhang, Kangning; Chen, Xiaoling; Zhang, Dongxia; Xue, Zhonghua; Zhou, Xibin; Lu, Xiaoquan

    2016-12-01

    In this work, we report a novel Au-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles (Au-PtNPs) decorated on the surface of nitrogen-doped graphene (NG) functionalized with 1, 3, 6, 8-pyrene tetra sulfonic acid sodium salt (PyTS) by direct electrodeposition method. The results of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and electrochemical impendence spectrum (EIS) reveal that the Au-PtNPs were successfully anchored on the surface of NG sheets with a diameter of 20-40nm. Further, the prepared Au-PtNPs/PyTS-NG nanocomposite exhibits superior catalytic activity for the oxidation of nitrite. Under optimal experimental conditions, an amperometric sensor with a linear range of 0.5-1621μM and a detection limit of 0.19μM (S/N=3) for the detection of nitrite was set up and applied to real samples. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Gold nanoparticles supported on mesoporous silica: origin of high activity and role of Au NPs in selective oxidation of cyclohexane

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    Wu, Pingping; Bai, Peng; Yan, Zifeng; Zhao, George X. S.

    2016-01-01

    Homogeneous immobilization of gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) on mesoporous silica has been achieved by using a one-pot synthesis method in the presence of organosilane mercapto-propyl-trimethoxysilane (MPTMS). The resultant Au NPs exhibited an excellent catalytic activity in the solvent-free selective oxidation of cyclohexane using molecular oxygen. By establishing the structure-performance relationship, the origin of the high activity of mesoporous supported Au catalyst was identified to be due to the presence of low-coordinated Au (0) sites with high dispersion. Au NPs were confirmed to play a critical role in the catalytic oxidation of cyclohexane by promoting the activation of O2 molecules and accelerating the formation of surface-active oxygen species.

  19. Photocatalytic Properties of TiO2 Thin Films Modified with Ag and Pt Nanoparticles Deposited by Gas Flow Sputtering.

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    Maicu, M; Glöss, D; Frach, Peter; Hecker, D; Gerlach, G; Córdoba, José M

    2015-09-01

    In this work, a gas flow sputtering (GFS) process which allows the production and deposition of metal nanoparticles (NPs) in a vacuum environment is described. Aim of the study is to prove the potential of this technology for the fabrication of new TiO2 films with enhanced photocatalytic properties. For this purpose, Ag and Pt NPs have been produced and deposited on photocatalytic float glass coated with TiO2 thin films by magnetron sputtering. The influence of the process parameters and of the metal amount on the final properties of the particles (quantity, size, size distribution, oxidation state etc.,) was widely investigated. Moreover, the effect of the NPs on the photocatalytic activity of the resulting materials was evaluated for the case of the decomposition of stearic acid (SA) during UV-A irradiation. The reduction of the water contact angle (WCA) during the irradiation period was measured in order to test the photo-induced super-hydrophilicity (PSH).

  20. Influence of particle coating and matrix constituents on the cloud point extraction efficiency of silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) and application for monitoring the formation of Ag-NPs from Ag(+).

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    Hartmann, Georg; Baumgartner, Tanja; Schuster, Michael

    2014-01-01

    For the quantification of silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) in environmental samples using cloud point extraction (CPE) for selective enrichment, surface modification of the Ag-NPs and matrix effects can play a key role. In this work we validate CPE with respect to the influence of different coatings and naturally occurring matrix components. The Ag-NPs tested were functionalized with inorganic and organic compounds as well as with biomolecules. Commercially available NPs and NPs synthesized according to methods published in the literature were used. We found that CPE can extract almost all Ag-NPs tested with very good efficiencies (82-105%). Only Ag-NPs functionalized with BSA (bovine serum albumin), which is a protein with the function to keep colloids in solution, cannot be extracted. No or little effect of environmentally relevant salts, organic matter, and inorganic colloids on the CPE of AgNPs was found. Additionally we used CPE to observe the in situ formation of Ag-NPs produced by the reduction of Ag(+) with natural organic matter (NOM).

  1. Surface plasmon enhanced the responsivity of the ZnO/Pt nanoparticles/ZnO sandwich structured photodetector via optimizing the thickness of the top ZnO layer

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    Guo, Zexuan; Jiang, Dayong; Zhao, Man; Guo, Fei; Pei, Jianan; Liu, Rusheng; Sun, Long; Hu, Nan; Zhang, Guoyu

    2016-10-01

    Based on the ZnO/Pt nanoparticles/ZnO multilayer films by magnetron sputtering method, we elaborate the ultraviolet (UV) photodetectors and deduce that they provide an ideal platform for highly using efficient surface plasmon (SP) modes. By only adjusting the thickness of the top layer and remaining other conditions unchanged, we draw a conclusion that the responsivity of the sandwich photodetector can be drastically increased from 0.08 to 0.40 A/W. It firmly provides for our findings that the responsivity enhancement factors without Pt nanoparticles (NPs) are apparently smaller than those by means of introducing Pt NPs. This can be ascribed to the SP of Pt NPs. The near-field effect of SP results in the dependence of the responsivity enhancement of ZnO films on the top layer film thickness. Which are in good agreement with theoretical calculations.

  2. An Effective Approach towards the Immobilization of PtSn Nanoparticles on Noncovalent Modified Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes for Ethanol Electrooxidation

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    Xi Geng

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available In this article, we describe an effective method to tether Pt and PtSn nanoparticles (NPs on polyelectrolyte modified multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs for ethanol electrooxidation. By using a polymer wrapping technique, positively charged polyethyleneimine (PEI was attached onto carbon nanotubes (CNTs to provide preferential linking sites for metal precursors. Well-dispersed Pt and PtSn nanocrystals (2–5 nm were subsequently decorated on PEI-functionalized MWCNTs through the polyol reduction method. The successful non-covalent modification of MWCNTs was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR and Zeta potential measurements. Energy dispersive X-ray (EDX spectrum indicates approximately 20 wt % Pt loading and a desirable Pt:Sn atomic ratio of 1:1. Electrochemical analysis demonstrated that the as-synthesized PtSn/PEI-MWCNTs nanocomposite exhibited improved catalytic activity and higher poison tolerance for ethanol oxidation as compared to Pt/PEI-MWCNTs and commercial Pt/XC-72 catalysts. The enhanced electrochemical performance may be attributed to the uniform dispersion of NPs as well as the mitigating of CO self-poisoning effect by the alloying of Sn element. This modification and synthetic strategy will be studied further to develop a diversity of carbon supported Pt-based hybrid nanomaterials for electrocatalysis.

  3. Facile and Rapid Synthesis of Ultrafine PtPd Bimetallic Nanoparticles and Their High Performance toward Methanol Electrooxidation

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    Tiantian Xia

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Uniform and sub-10 nm size bimetallic PtPd nanoparticles (NPs have been synthesized via a simple and facile method without using any surfactants at an ambient temperature. As a green and clean reductive agent, ascorbic acid (AA was employed for the coreduction of K2PtCl4 and K2PdCl4 in aqueous solution. The morphology, composition, and structure of PtPd NPs had been characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM, field emission high resolution transmission electron microscopy (FE-HRTEM, energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS, X-ray diffraction (XRD, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscope (XPS. Comparing with both the monometallic Pt and Pd, the as-prepared alloy nanoparticles show superior electrocatalytic activity and better tolerance against poisoning by intermediates generated during methanol electrooxidation, which makes them a promising electrocatalysts for direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs. Meanwhile, the green and simple approach could be easily extended to the manufacture of bimetallic or trimetallic alloy nanomaterials.

  4. Au@AuPt nanoparticles embedded in B-doped graphene: A superior electrocatalyst for determination of rutin

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    Chen, Xianlan; Yang, Guangming; Feng, Shaoping; Shi, Ling; Huang, Zhaolong; Pan, Haibo; Liu, Wei

    2017-04-01

    A hydrothermal approach was used to prepare B-doped graphene with B2O3 as reductant and boron source. Results reveal that the boron atoms have been successfully embedded into graphene with a high content of a total B species (2.85 at.%). Then, B-doped graphene was exfoliated further into monolayer nanosheet by impregnating Au@AuPt core-shell nanoparticles (Au@AuPt NPs) because boron atom creates a net positive charge, which facilitates Au@AuPt NPs adsorption to form Au@AuPt NPs/B-doped graphene hybrid nanocatalysts. After that, the Au@AuPt NPs/B-doped hybrid suspension was dropped on glassy carbon electrode for sensing rutin. In this way, the dispersed carboxyl units of B-doped graphene can form hydrogen bonding with the phenolic hydroxyl groups of rutin, making rutin enrich easily on modified electrode surface to enhance the electrochemical response. At the same time, its electrochemical mechanism on the modified electrode was elucidated using cyclic voltammetry. It was found that its electrochemical behavior on modified electrode surface was a surface-controlled quasi-reversible process, and the charge transfer coefficient (α) and electron transfer number (n) were 0.296 and 2, respectively. This electrochemical sensor for rutin provided a wide linear response range of 2.00 × 10-9-4.00 × 10-6 M with the detection limit (S/N = 3) of 2.84 × 10-10 M. The proposed method was applied successfully to selective determination of rutin in Tablets with acceptable recovery range (97.23-101.65%).

  5. Explorations on size limit of L10-FePt nanoparticles for practical magnetic storage

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    Tao Huang

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available With the advance of HAMR technology, the storage potential of L10-FePt nanoparticles with practical considerations are of great significance. We present an L10-FePt nanoparticle model based on atomistic spin model with Langevin thermodynamics to simulate the magnetic behaviors of L10-FePt nanoparticles at Curie temperature and room temperature to explore their practical design margins. Given specific composites, the Curie temperatures of L10-FePt nanoparticles decrease with their volume sizes decrease starting from 8 nm, meaning no more laser power increment needed for smaller L10-FePt nanoparticles. However, L10-FePt nanoparticles get unstable more easily while their volume sizes decrease at room temperature within 10 years. Above all, a reasonable size of L10-FePt nanoparticles for stable information retaining should not be less than 8 nm at a certain aspect ratio.

  6. CO surface electrochemistry on Pt-nanoparticles: A selective review

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    Mayrhofer, K.J.J. [Materials Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Arenz, M. [Materials Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Blizanac, B.B. [Materials Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Stamenkovic, V. [Materials Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Ross, P.N. [Materials Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Markovic, N.M. [Materials Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States)]. E-mail: nmmarkovic@lbl.gov

    2005-09-05

    Oxidation of CO on platinum nanoparticles ranging in size from 1 to 30 nm has been studied in acid electrolytes. We found that Pt nanoparticles, characterized by transmission electron microscopy, are not perfect cubo-octahedrons and that large particles have 'rougher' surfaces than small particles. The importance of 'defect' sites for the catalytic properties of nanoparticles was probed by using infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRAS) and rotating disk electrode. From IRAS experiments, by monitoring how the vibrational frequency of a-top CO ({nu} {sub CO}) as well as the concomitant development of dissolved CO{sub 2} are affected by the number of defects on Pt nanoparticles, we suggested that defects play a significant role in CO 'clustering' on nanoparticles, causing CO to decrease/increase in local coverage, which results in anomalous redshift/blueshift {nu} {sub CO} frequency deviations from the normal Stark-tuning behavior. The observed {nu} {sub CO} deviations are accompanied by CO{sub 2} production, which increases by increasing the number of defects on the nanoparticles, i.e., 1 {<=} 2 < 5 << 30 nm. We suggest that the catalytic activity for CO adlayer oxidation (CO stripping) is predominantly influenced by the ability of the surface to dissociate water and to form OH{sub ad} on defect sites. We demonstrate that the catalytic activity of Pt nanoparticles for CO oxidation under the condition of continuous CO supply to the surface depends on the pre-history of the electrode. If the surface is precovered by CO, the particle size has a negligible effect on CO oxidation. However, on an oxide-precovered surface CO bulk oxidation increases with decreasing particle size, i.e., with increasing oxophilicity of the particles. We found, if specific sites on the surface are active for OH adsorption, then the electrocatalytic activity for CO oxidation changes as the concentration of these sites changes with particle size.

  7. Surface Structures of Cubo-octahedral Pt-Mo Catalyst Nanoparticles from Monte Carlo Simulations

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    Wang, Guofeng; Van Hove, M.A.; Ross, P.N.; Baskes, M.I.

    2005-03-31

    The surface structures of cubo-octahedral Pt-Mo nanoparticles have been investigated using the Monte Carlo method and modified embedded atom method potentials that we developed for Pt-Mo alloys. The cubo-octahedral Pt-Mo nanoparticles are constructed with disordered fcc configurations, with sizes from 2.5 to 5.0 nm, and with Pt concentrations from 60 to 90 at. percent. The equilibrium Pt-Mo nanoparticle configurations were generated through Monte Carlo simulations allowing both atomic displacements and element exchanges at 600 K. We predict that the Pt atoms weakly segregate to the surfaces of such nanoparticles. The Pt concentrations in the surface are calculated to be 5 to 14 at. percent higher than the Pt concentrations of the nanoparticles. Moreover, the Pt atoms preferentially segregate to the facet sites of the surface, while the Pt and Mo atoms tend to alternate along the edges and vertices of these nanoparticles. We found that decreasing the size or increasing the Pt concentration leads to higher Pt concentrations but fewer Pt-Mo pairs in the Pt-Mo nanoparticle surfaces.

  8. Electrodeposition and electrocatalytic activity of Pt and Pt-alloy nanoparticles and thin films on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG)

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    Lu, Guojin

    Pt and Pt-based alloy catalysts were synthesized by electrodeposition on HOPG. The nucleation and growth, morphology, composition and crystal structure, and electrocatalytic activity (towards relevant reactions in the frame of PEMFCs and DMFCs) of these model electrodes were systematically investigated. The presence of chlorides inhibits the Pt reduction processes. There is a transition from progressive to instantaneous nucleation with increasing overpotential for the deposition from 1 mM H2PtCl6 electrolytes. The possibility of instantaneous nucleation at large overpotential by using electrolytes with large chloride concentration is advantageous for the growth of small, well dispersed nanoparticles. The electrochemical data were confirmed by AFM and SEM imaging studies. Relatively narrow size distributed nanoparticles can be obtained from the current system. While MOR activity decreases with decreasing particle size, the HER and HOR activity of deposited Pt particles increases with decreasing deposition period. The ORR activity first increases then decreases with increasing deposition time. Interactions between Pt and Ru, or Ni or Co are observed and they form solid solution as verified by XRD. Underpotential deposition occurs for Pt-Ni or Pt-Co co-electrodeposition. Pt-Ru deposition can be described as progressive nucleation at low overpotential and instantaneous nucleation at high overpotentials. Through direct morphological observations, the Pt-Ni or Pt-Co nucleation can be approximately described as progressive. Pt-Ru deposits are superior to Pt towards MOR. The optimum Ru content is about 50 at.%. Pt-Ni and Pt-Co deposits are more active than Pt for ORR. The optimum content is about 30 at.% Ni or 50 at.% Co. Dealloying of Pt-Ru and Pt-Ni or Pt-Co electrodeposit is observed after electrochemical characterization. The extent of dealloying increases with the content of the alloying element.

  9. Monte carlo simulations of segregation in Pt-Re catalyst nanoparticles

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    Wang, Guofeng; Van Hove, M.A.; Ross, P.N.; Baskes, M.I.

    2004-04-01

    We have investigated the segregation of Pt atoms to the surfaces of Pt-Re nanoparticles using the Monte Carlo method and Modified Embedded Atom Method potentials that we have developed for Pt-Re alloys. The Pt75Re25 nanoparticles (containing from 586 to 4033 atoms) are assumed to have disordered fcc configurations and cubo-octahedral shapes (terminated by {l_brace}111{r_brace} and {l_brace}100{r_brace} facets), while the Pt50Re50 and Pt25Re75 nanoparticles (containing from 587 to 4061 atoms) are assumed to have disordered hcp configurations and truncated hexagonal bipyramidal shapes (terminated by {l_brace}0001{r_brace} and {l_brace}101 {bar 1}{r_brace} facets). We predict that due to the segregation process the equilibrium Pt-Re nanoparticles would achieve a core-shell structure, with a Pt-enriched shell surrounding a Pt-deficient core. For fcc cubo-octahedral Pt75Re25 nanoparticles, the shells consist of almost 100 at. percent of Pt atoms. Even in the shells of hcp truncated hexagonal bipyramidal Pt50Re50 nanoparticles, the concentrations of Pt atoms exceed 85 at. percent (35 at. percent higher than the overall concentration of Pt atoms in these nanoparticles). Most prominently, all Pt atoms will segregate to the surfaces in the hcp truncated hexagonal bipyramidal Pt25Re75 nanoparticles containing less than 1000 atoms. We also find that the Pt atoms segregate preferentially to the vertex sites, less to edge sites, and least to facet sites on the shell of Pt-Re nanoparticles.

  10. Synthesis-atomic structure-properties relationships in metallic nanoparticles by total scattering experiments and 3D computer simulations: case of Pt-Ru nanoalloy catalysts.

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    Prasai, Binay; Ren, Yang; Shan, Shiyao; Zhao, Yinguang; Cronk, Hannah; Luo, Jin; Zhong, Chuan-Jian; Petkov, Valeri

    2015-05-07

    An approach to determining the 3D atomic structure of metallic nanoparticles (NPs) in fine detail and using the unique knowledge obtained for rationalizing their synthesis and properties targeted for optimization is described and exemplified on Pt-Ru alloy NPs of importance to the development of devices for clean energy conversion such as fuel cells. In particular, PtxRu100-x alloy NPs, where x = 31, 49 and 75, are synthesized by wet chemistry and activated catalytically by a post-synthesis treatment involving heating under controlled N2-H2 atmosphere. So-activated NPs are evaluated as catalysts for gas-phase CO oxidation and ethanol electro-oxidation reactions taking place in fuel cells. Both as-synthesized and activated NPs are characterized structurally by total scattering experiments involving high-energy synchrotron X-ray diffraction coupled to atomic pair distribution functions (PDFs) analysis. 3D structure models both for as-synthesized and activated NPs are built by molecular dynamics simulations based on the archetypal for current theoretical modelling Sutton-Chen method. Models are refined against the experimental PDF data by reverse Monte Carlo simulations and analysed in terms of prime structural characteristics such as metal-to-metal bond lengths, bond angles and first coordination numbers for Pt and Ru atoms. Analysis indicates that, though of a similar type, the atomic structure of as-synthesized and respective activated NPs differ in several details of importance to NP catalytic properties. Structural characteristics of activated NPs and data for their catalytic activity are compared side by side and strong evidence found that electronic effects, indicated by significant changes in Pt-Pt and Ru-Ru metal bond lengths at NP surface, and practically unrecognized so far atomic ensemble effects, indicated by distinct stacking of atomic layers near NP surface and prevalence of particular configurations of Pt and Ru atoms in these layers, contribute to the

  11. Graphitized carbon nanofiber-Pt nanoparticle hybrids as sensitive tool for preparation of screen printing biosensors. Detection of lactate in wines and ciders.

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    Loaiza, Oscar A; Lamas-Ardisana, Pedro J; Añorga, Larraitz; Jubete, Elena; Ruiz, Virginia; Borghei, Maryam; Cabañero, Germán; Grande, Hans J

    2015-02-01

    This work describes the fabrication of a new lactate biosensor. The strategy is based on the use of a novel hybrid nanomaterial for amperometric biosensors i.e. platinum nanoparticles (PtNps) supported on graphitized carbon nanofibers (PtNps/GCNF) prepared by chemical reduction of the Pt precursor at GCNF surfaces. The biosensors were constructed by covalent immobilization of lactate oxidase (LOx) onto screen printed carbon electrodes (SPCEs) modified with PtNps (PtNps/GCNF-SPCEs) using polyethyleneimine (PEI) and glutaraldehyde (GA). Experimental variables concerning both the biosensor design and the detection process were investigated for an optimal analytical performance. Lactate biosensors show good reproducibility (RSD 4.9%, n=10) and sensitivity (41,302±546) μA/Mcm(2), with a good limit of detection (6.9μM). Covalent immobilization of the enzyme allows the reuse of the biosensor for several measurements, converting them in a cheap alternative to the solid electrodes. The long-term stability of the biosensors was also evaluated. 90% of the signal was kept after 3months of storage at room temperature (RT), while 95% was retained after 18months at -20°C. These results demonstrate that the method provides sensitive electrochemical lactate biosensors where the stability of the enzymatic activity can be preserved for a long period of time in adequate storage conditions.

  12. CO adsorption on electrode of Pt nanoparticles investigated by cyclic voltammetry and in situ FTIR spectroscopy

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    2003-01-01

    Pt nanoparticles were prepared by the chemical reduction method. The average diameter of Pt nanoparticles was determined to be 2.5 nm by TEM. The electrochemical properties of Pt nanoparticles were studied by cyclic voltammetry. In comparison with massive Pt, the oxidation current peak of CO adsorbed on Pt nanoparticles is broader. Twin adsorbates of CO on Pt nanoparticles were determined by in situ FTIRS for the first time. It has revealed that the linear and twin-bonded CO can be converted into bridge-bonded CO with the variation of electrode potential. A series of special properties of Pt nanoparticles, such as enhanced IR absorption of CO adsorbates, were also observed.

  13. Photocatalysis and photoinduced hydrophilicity of WO3 thin films with underlying Pt nanoparticles.

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    Miyauchi, Masahiro

    2008-11-07

    The photocatalytic oxidation and photoinduced hydrophilicity of thin tungsten trioxide (WO(3)) films coupled with platinum (Pt) nanoparticles were investigated. WO(3) films with underlying Pt nanoparticles (WO(3)/Pt/substrate) and those with overlying Pt nanoparticles (Pt/WO(3)/substrate) were synthesized by sputtering and sol-gel methods. Between these films, underlying Pt nanoparticles greatly enhanced the photocatalytic oxidation activity of WO(3) without decreasing the photoinduced hydrophilic conversion. However, overlying Pt nanoparticles deteriorated the hydrophilicity of WO(3) because the Pt nanoparticle surface was hydrophobic. The enhanced photocatalytic reaction by the Pt nanoparticles was attributed to the multi-electron reduction in Pt, which is caused by the injected electrons from the conduction band of WO(3). The relationship between photocatalytic activity and thin film structure, including the size of Pt nanoparticles, the thickness and porosity of the WO(3) layer, were investigated. Consequently, the optimum structure for high performance in both photocatalysis and photoinduced hydrophilicity was WO(3) (50 nm)/Pt(1.5 nm)/substrate, and this film exhibited a significant self-cleaning property even under visible light irradiation.

  14. Extremely stable platinum nanoparticles encapsulated in a zirconia nanocage by area-selective atomic layer deposition for the oxygen reduction reaction.

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    Cheng, Niancai; Banis, Mohammad Norouzi; Liu, Jian; Riese, Adam; Li, Xia; Li, Ruying; Ye, Siyu; Knights, Shanna; Sun, Xueliang

    2015-01-14

    Encapsulation of Pt nanoparticles (NPs) in a zirconia nanocage by area-selective atomic layer deposition (ALD) can significantly enhance both the Pt stability and activity. Such encapsulated Pt NPs show 10 times more stability than commercial Pt/C catalysts and an oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity 6.4 times greater than that of Pt/C.

  15. Pt@Ag and Pd@Ag core/shell nanoparticles for catalytic degradation of Congo red in aqueous solution.

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    Salem, Mohamed A; Bakr, Eman A; El-Attar, Heba G

    2018-01-05

    Platinum/silver (Pt@Ag) and palladium/silver (Pd@Ag) core/shell NPs have been synthesized in two steps reaction using the citrate method. The progress of nanoparticle formation was followed by the UV/Vis spectroscopy. Transmission electron microscopy revealed spherical shaped core/shell nanoparticles with average particle diameter 32.17nm for Pt@Ag and 8.8nm for Pd@Ag. The core/shell NPs were further characterized by FT-IR and XRD. Reductive degradation of the Congo red dye was chosen to demonstrate the excellent catalytic activity of these core/shell nanostructures. The nanocatalysts act as electron mediators for the transfer of electrons from the reducing agent (NaBH4) to the dye molecules. Effect of reaction parameters such as nanocatalyst dose, dye and NaBH4 concentrations on the dye degradation was investigated. A comparison between the catalytic activities of both nanocatalysts was made to realize which of them the best in catalytic performance. Pd@Ag was the higher in catalytic activity over Pt@Ag. Such greater activity is originated from the smaller particle size and larger surface area. Pd@Ag nanocatalyst was catalytically stable through four subsequent reaction runs under the utilized reaction conditions. These findings can thus be considered as possible economical alternative for environmental safety against water pollution by dyes. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  16. Nata de coco (NDC) hydrogel as nanoreactors for preparation iron nanoparticles (FeNps) from ferrocenium reduction

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    Andarini, Mellissa; Lazim, Azwan [School of Chemical Sciences and Food Technology, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia)

    2014-09-03

    This study focuses on hydrogel as nano template to produce iron nanoparticles (FeNps). Radical polymerization was used to synthesize the hydrogel from nata de coco (NDC-g-PAA). Ferrocenium (FcCL) with 1 × 10{sup −4} g/ml has successfully incorporated with NDC-g-PAA hydrogel system and reduce using sodium hydroxide (NaOH) at different concentrations. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) result demonstrates that the size of FeNps produced was about 5 – 20 nm. Morphological analysis of hydrogel is carried out by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), SEM-EDEX is used to determine percentage of iron (Fe) in hydrogel. The results offer a wide range of application in various areas, especially the use of hydrogel system as a responsive template.

  17. Synthesis of Pt nanoparticles and their burrowing into Si due to synergistic effects of ion beam energy losses

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    Pravin Kumar

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available We report the synthesis of Pt nanoparticles and their burrowing into silicon upon irradiation of a Pt–Si thin film with medium-energy neon ions at constant fluence (1.0 × 1017 ions/cm2. Several values of medium-energy neon ions were chosen in order to vary the ratio of the electronic energy loss to the nuclear energy loss (Se/Sn from 1 to 10. The irradiated films were characterized using Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS, atomic force microscopy (AFM, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM. A TEM image of a cross section of the film irradiated with Se/Sn = 1 shows ≈5 nm Pt NPs were buried up to ≈240 nm into the silicon. No silicide phase was detected in the XRD pattern of the film irradiated at the highest value of Se/Sn. The synergistic effect of the energy losses of the ion beam (molten zones are produced by Se, and sputtering and local defects are produced by Sn leading to the synthesis and burrowing of Pt NPs is evidenced. The Pt NP synthesis mechanism and their burrowing into the silicon is discussed in detail.

  18. Enhanced magnetic properties of FePt nanoparticles codeposited on Ag nanoislands

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    Castaldi, L.; Giannakopoulos, K.; Travlos, A.; Boukos, N.; Niarchos, D.; Boukari, S.; Beaurepaire, E.

    2009-05-01

    Ag nanoislands have been used as nucleation sites for FePt nanoparticles when deposited on SiO2 surfaces by electron beam evaporation. We demonstrate that it is possible to nucleate FePt nanoparticles on predeposited Ag clusters and that this results in a significant improvement of the hard magnetic Ag/FePt nanoparticles' properties. We find that, besides the usual annealing treatments, a simple predeposition of Ag nanoclusters promotes the formation of the FePt L10 phase at larger FePt nominal thicknesses (fFePt). All the nanoparticles studied are ferromagnetic, except for those FePt samples deposited with lower nominal thicknesses (fFePt˜1.8 nm), which are superparamagnetic. The presence of Ag seeds promotes the A1/L10 transition, which results in a remarkable enhancement of the coercivity (Hc) for both the as-deposited and the annealed samples. Maximum Hc of 8.9 and 9.4 kOe are obtained for the Ag/FePt nanoparticles with fFePt˜1.8 and 3.5 nm, respectively. Our results are a strong indication that the nucleation of the FePt nanoparticles on Ag nanoclusters can promote significant magnetic hardening of the FePt nanoparticles by easing the transition from the disordered to the ordered phase.

  19. Supported bimetallic Pt-Au nanoparticles: Structural features predicted by molecular dynamics simulations

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    Morrow, Brian H.; Striolo, Alberto

    2010-04-01

    We have utilized all-atom molecular dynamics simulations to study bimetallic Pt-Au nanoparticles supported by carbonaceous materials at 700 K. Nanoparticles containing 250 atoms with 25%, 50%, and 75% Pt ( Pt62Au188 , Pt125Au125 , and Pt188Au62 , respectively) were considered. A single graphite sheet and bundles of seven (10,10), (13,13), and (20,20) single-walled carbon nanotubes were used as supports. It was found that Pt125Au125 forms a well-defined Pt core covered by an Au shell, regardless of the support. Pt62Au188 exhibits a mixed Pt-Au core with an Au shell. Pt188Au62 has a Pt core with a mixed Pt-Au shell. The support affects the atomic distribution. We investigated the percentage of nanoparticle surface atoms that are Pt. Our results show that for Pt62Au188 and Pt125Pt125 , this percentage is lowest when there is no support and highest when carbon nanotubes are supports. We studied the size of clusters of Pt atoms on the nanoparticle surface, finding that the geometry of the support influences the distribution of cluster sizes. Finally, we found that the coordination states of the atoms on the nanoparticle surface are affected by the support structure. These results suggest that it is possible to tailor the distribution of atoms in Pt-Au nanoparticles by controlling the nanoparticle composition and the support geometry. Such level of control is desirable for improving selectivity of catalysts.

  20. Selective and regular localization of accessible Pt nanoparticles inside the walls of an ordered silica: Application as a highly active and well-defined heterogeneous catalyst for propene and styrene hydrogenation reactions

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    Boualleg, Malika

    2011-12-01

    We describe here an original methodology related to the "build-the-bottle-around-the-ship" approach yielding a highly ordered silica matrix containing regularly distributed Pt nanoparticles (NPs) located inside the silica walls, Pt@{walls}SiO2. The starting colloidal solution of crystalline Pt nanoparticles was obtained from Pt(dba)2 (dba = dibenzylidene acetone) and 3-chloropropylsilane. The resulting nanoparticles (diameter: 2.0 ± 0.4 nm determined by HRTEM) resulted hydrophilic. The NPs present in the THF colloidal solution were incorporated inside the walls of a highly ordered 2D hexagonal mesoporous silica matrix via sol-gel process using a templating route with tetraethylorthosilicate, TEOS, as the silica source, and block copolymer (EthyleneOxide) 20(PropyleneOxide)70(EthyleneOxide)20 (Pluronic P123) as the structure-directing agent. Low-temperature calcination of the crude material at 593 K led to the final solid Pt@{walls}SiO2. Characterization by IR, HRTEM, BF-STEM and HAADF-STEM, SAXS, WAXS, XRD, XPS, H2 chemisorption, etc. of Pt@{walls}SiO2 confirmed the 2D hexagonal structuration and high mesoporosity (870 m2/g) of the material as well as the presence of stable 2-nm-sized crystalline Pt(0) NPs embedded inside the walls of the silica matrix. The material displayed no tendency to NPs sintering or leaching (Pt loading 0.3 wt.%) during its preparation. Pt@{walls}SiO2 was found to be a stable, selective and highly active hydrogenation catalyst. The catalytic performances in propene hydrogenation were tested under chemical regime conditions in a tubular flow reactor (278 K, propene/H2/He = 20/16/1.09 cm3/min, P tot = 1 bar) and were found superior to those of an homologous solid containing Pt NPs along its pore channels Pt@{pores}SiO2 and to those of a classical industrial catalysts Pt/Al2O3, (TOF = 2.3 s-1 vs. TOF = 0.90 and 0.92 s-1, respectively, calculated per surface platinum atoms). Pt@{walls}SiO2 also catalyzes fast and selective styrene

  1. ZnO nanoparticles (ZnO-NPs) and their antifungal activity against coffee fungus Erythricium salmonicolor

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    Arciniegas-Grijalba, P. A.; Patiño-Portela, M. C.; Mosquera-Sánchez, L. P.; Guerrero-Vargas, J. A.; Rodríguez-Páez, J. E.

    2017-06-01

    In this work, a methodology of synthesis was designed to obtain ZnO nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) in a controlled and reproducible manner. The nanoparticles obtained were characterized using infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Also, we determined the antifungal capacity in vitro of zinc oxide nanoparticles synthesized, examining their action on Erythricium salmonicolor fungy causal of pink disease. To determine the effect of the quantity of zinc precursor used during ZnO NPs synthesis on the antifungal capacity, 0.1 and 0.15 M concentrations of zinc acetate were examined. To study the inactivation of the mycelial growth of the fungus, different concentrations of ZnO NPs of the two types of synthesized samples were used. The inhibitory effect on the growth of the fungus was determined by measuring the growth area as a function of time. The morphological change was observed with high-resolution optical microscopy (HROM), while TEM was used to observe changes in its ultrastructure. The results showed that a concentration of 9 mmol L-1 for the sample obtained from the 0.15 M and at 12 mmol L-1 for the 0.1 M system significantly inhibited growth of E. salmonicolor. In the HROM images a deformation was observed in the growth pattern: notable thinning of the fibers of the hyphae and a clumping tendency. The TEM images showed a liquefaction of the cytoplasmic content, making it less electron-dense, with the presence of a number of vacuoles and significant detachment of the cell wall.

  2. Quantitative Prediction of Surface Segregation in Bimetallic Pt-MAlloy Nanoparticles (M=Ni, Re, Mo)

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    Wang, Guofeng; Van Hove, Michel A.; Ross, Phil N.; Baskes,Michael I.

    2005-06-20

    This review addresses the issue of surface segregation inbimetallic alloy nanoparticles, which are relevant to heterogeneouscatalysis, in particular for electro-catalysts of fuel cells. We describeand discuss a theoretical approach to predicting surface segregation insuch nanoparticles by using the Modified Embedded Atom Method and MonteCarlo simulations. In this manner it is possible to systematicallyexplore the behavior of such nanoparticles as a function of componentmetals, composition, and particle size, among other variables. We choseto compare Pt75Ni25, Pt75Re25, and Pt80Mo20 alloys as example systems forthis discussion, due to the importance of Pt in catalytic processes andits high-cost. It is assumed that the equilibrium nanoparticles of thesealloys have a cubo-octahedral shape, the face-centered cubic lattice, andsizes ranging from 2.5 nm to 5.0 nm. By investigating the segregation ofPt atoms to the surfaces of the nanoparticles, we draw the followingconclusions from our simulations at T= 600 K. (1) Pt75Ni25 nanoparticlesform a surface-sandwich structure in which the Pt atoms are stronglyenriched in the outermost and third layers while the Ni atoms areenriched in the second layer. In particular, a nearly pure Pt outermostsurface layer can be achieved in those nanoparticles. (2) EquilibriumPt75Re25 nanoparticles adopt a core-shell structure: a nearly pure Ptshell surrounding a more uniform Pt-Re core. (3) In Pt80Mo20nanoparticles, the facets are fully occupied by Pt atoms, the Mo atomsonly appear at the edges and vertices, and the Pt and Mo atoms arrangethemselves in an alternating sequence along the edges and vertices. Oursimulations quantitatively agree with previous experimental andtheoretical results for the extended surfaces of Pt-Ni, Pt-Re, and Pt-Moalloys. We further discuss the reasons for the different types of surfacesegregation found in the different alloys, and some of theirimplications.

  3. Physicochemical and biological properties of hydrogel/gelatin/hydroxyapatite PAA/G/HAp/AgNPs composites modified with silver nanoparticles.

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    Sobczak-Kupiec, Agnieszka; Malina, Dagmara; Piatkowski, Marek; Krupa-Zuczek, Kinga; Wzorek, Zbigniew; Tyliszczak, Bozena

    2012-12-01

    Composites comprising biodegradable polymer matrix, bioactive ceramic fillers and metallic nanoparticles can be applied in the substitution of bone tissue and many others medical and dental applications. Recently, fully resorbable composite materials applicable as bone substitutes are the subject of intensive studies in surgical reconstruction and bone tissue engineering. Biological composites, such as bone and teeth, contain hydroxyapatite (HAp), a mineral component with composition Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2. Silver nanoparticles or silver ions have long been known to have strong inhibitory and bactericidal effects as well as a broad spectrum of antimicrobial activities. In this study we applied natural origin hydroxyapatite obtained from pork bone sludge. As polymer matrix gelatin and poly(acrylic acid) were used. Composite materials were obtained with the use of microwave irradiation. The influence of metallic nanoparticles presence on the degradation process of composite materials was investigated by pH and conductivity analyses of water filtrates. In vitro tests in simulated body fluid (SBF) and artificial saliva confirmed that it is possible to produce hydroxyapatite/polymer composites doped with silver nanoparticles for medical applications. Tests proved that content of silver nanoparticles in composites had influence on degradation behaviour of HA/Polymer/AgNPs in artificial media such as simulated body fluid and saliva.

  4. Biocompatible synthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs using marine Vibrio sp. and study their pharmacological applications

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    M. Surya

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available This report presents a rapid and a green biogenic approach for the biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles using marine bacteria such as Vibrio sp. The bioactive compounds of Vibrio sp. induced the reduction of Ag+ ions from AgNO3, which resulted in the formation of bacterial mediated silver nanoparticles (AgNPs. The reduction of Ag+ ions to elemental silver was characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy (FTIR, Scanning electron microscopy (SEM and Dynamic light scattering (DLS. The nanoparticles show maximum absorbance at 421 nm on ultraviolet-visible spectra. The presence of biomolecules were identified by Fourier transform–infrared spectroscopy. The bioactive compounds and nanoparticles were found to direct different shape and sized and their size/ shape were varied. The silver nanoparticle synthesized were spherical, in the range of 40-80 nm in size. In antimicrobial screening, all the pathogens were fairly affected and nil effect was not observed in the test samples, In bacteria, the test sample was most effective against Enterococcus faecalis B2 and Salmonella typhimurium B5. In fungi, which was effective against Candida albicans F1, Microsporum canis F3 and Trichophyton rubrum F4.

  5. Three-dimensional shapes and spatial distributions of Pt and PtCr catalyst nanoparticles on carbon black

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    Gontard, Lionel Cervera; Dunin-Borkowski, Rafal E.; Ozkaya, D.

    2008-01-01

    High-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy tomography is applied to the study of Pt and PtCr nanoparticles supported on carbon black, which are used as heterogeneous catalysts in the electrodes of proton exchange membrane fuel cells. By using electron tomography, the ...

  6. Unexpected, spontaneous and selective formation of colloidal Pt 3Sn nanoparticles using organometallic Pt and Sn complexes

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    Boualleg, Malika

    2010-01-01

    The facile and selective synthesis of small crystalline Pt3Sn alloy nanoparticles was performed at room temperature under H2, using a colloidal approach without the use of extra-stabilizing ligands. The Pt 3Sn alloy was found to be obtained spontaneously as the unique phase regardless of the number of tin equivalents introduced. © 2010 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  7. Synthesis and magnetic properties of CoPt nanoparticles

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    ZHANG Zhongyan; WANG Hao; WANG Hanbin; MO Qi; CHEN Yan; ZHANG Cong

    2006-01-01

    CoPt nanoparticles were prepared by simultaneous thermally reducing Co(CH3COO)2 and Pt(acac)2 in oleylamine with a small quantity of oleic acid. The composition of the particles was controlled by changing the amount of the reactants. Transmission electronic microscopy reveals that Co 48 Pt 52 particles with an average diameter of 8.4 nm are steadily dispersed in octane in the presence of oleylamine and oleic acid. Selected area electron diffraction indicates that the as-prepared particles have a face center cubic structure. Magnetic properties of these particles measured by a vibrate sample magnetometer yield a coercivity of 1.194×104 A·m-1 and a saturation magnetization of 5.3 emu·g-1 . After annealing at 650 ℃ for 2 h under the flowing Ar, the coercivity increases to 9.552×104 A·m-1 according to partly phase transformation from face center cubic structure to face center tetragonal structure for the nanoparticles.

  8. Water-soluble l-cysteine-coated FePt nanoparticles as dual MRI/CT imaging contrast agent for glioma

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Shuyan Liang,1 Qing Zhou,1 Min Wang,2,3 Yanhong Zhu,1 Qingzhi Wu,2,3 Xiangliang Yang1 1College of Life Science and Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, People’s Republic of China; 2State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, People’s Republic of China; 3Biomedical Material and Engineering Center of Hubei Province, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, People’s Republic of China Abstract: Nanoparticles (NPs are advantageous for the delivery of diagnosis agents to brain tumors. In this study, we attempted to develop an l-cysteine coated FePt (FePt-Cys NP as MRI/CT imaging contrast agent for the diagnosis of malignant gliomas. FePt-Cys NPs were synthesized through a co-reduction route, which was characterized by transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, powder X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and dynamic light scattering. The MRI and CT imaging ability of FePt-Cys NPs was evaluated using different gliomas cells (C6, SGH44, U251 as the model. Furthermore, the biocompatibility of the as-synthesized FePt-Cys NPs was evaluated using three different cell lines (ECV304, L929, and HEK293 as the model. The results showed that FePt-Cys NPs displayed excellent biocompatibility and good MRI/CT imaging ability, thereby indicating promising potential as a dual MRI/CT contrast agent for the diagnosis of brain malignant gliomas. Keywords: CT, glioma, MRI

  9. Electrochemical Co-Reduction Synthesis of AuPt Bimetallic Nanoparticles-Graphene Nanocomposites for Selective Detection of Dopamine in the Presence of Ascorbic Acid and Uric Acid

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    Zongya Zhao

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    Full Text Available In this paper, AuPt bimetallic nanoparticles-graphene nanocomposites were obtained by electrochemical co-reduction of graphene oxide (GO, HAuCl4 and H2PtCl6. The as-prepared AuPt bimetallic nanoparticles-graphene nanocomposites were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS and other electrochemical methods. The morphology and composition of the nanocomposite could be easily controlled by adjusting the HAuCl4/H2PtCl6 concentration ratio. The electrochemical experiments showed that when the concentration ratio of HAuCl4/H2PtCl6 was 1:1, the obtained AuPt bimetallic nanoparticles-graphene nanocomposite (denoted as Au1Pt1NPs-GR possessed the highest electrocatalytic activity toward dopamine (DA. As such, Au1Pt1NPs-GR nanocomposites were used to detect DA in the presence of ascorbic acid (AA and uric acid (UA using the differential pulse voltammetry (DPV technique and on the modified electrode, there were three separate DPV oxidation peaks with the peak potential separations of 177 mV, 130 mV and 307 mV for DA and AA, DA and UA, AA and UA, respectively. The linear range of the constructed DA sensor was from 1.6 μM to 39.7 μM with a detection limit of 0.1 μM (S/N = 3. The obtained DA sensor with good stability, high reproducibility and excellent selectivity made it possible to detect DA in human urine samples.

  10. Electrochemical Co-Reduction Synthesis of AuPt Bimetallic Nanoparticles-Graphene Nanocomposites for Selective Detection of Dopamine in the Presence of Ascorbic Acid and Uric Acid.

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    Zhao, Zongya; Zhang, Mingming; Chen, Xiang; Li, Youjun; Wang, Jue

    2015-07-09

    In this paper, AuPt bimetallic nanoparticles-graphene nanocomposites were obtained by electrochemical co-reduction of graphene oxide (GO), HAuCl4 and H2PtCl6. The as-prepared AuPt bimetallic nanoparticles-graphene nanocomposites were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and other electrochemical methods. The morphology and composition of the nanocomposite could be easily controlled by adjusting the HAuCl4/H2PtCl6 concentration ratio. The electrochemical experiments showed that when the concentration ratio of HAuCl4/H2PtCl6 was 1:1, the obtained AuPt bimetallic nanoparticles-graphene nanocomposite (denoted as Au1Pt1NPs-GR) possessed the highest electrocatalytic activity toward dopamine (DA). As such, Au1Pt1NPs-GR nanocomposites were used to detect DA in the presence of ascorbic acid (AA) and uric acid (UA) using the differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) technique and on the modified electrode, there were three separate DPV oxidation peaks with the peak potential separations of 177 mV, 130 mV and 307 mV for DA and AA, DA and UA, AA and UA, respectively. The linear range of the constructed DA sensor was from 1.6 μM to 39.7 μM with a detection limit of 0.1 μM (S/N = 3). The obtained DA sensor with good stability, high reproducibility and excellent selectivity made it possible to detect DA in human urine samples.

  11. Butylphenyl-functionalized Pt nanoparticles as CO-resistant electrocatalysts for formic acid oxidation.

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    Zhou, Zhi-You; Ren, Jie; Kang, Xiongwu; Song, Yang; Sun, Shi-Gang; Chen, Shaowei

    2012-01-28

    Butylphenyl-functionalized Pt nanoparticles (Pt-BP) with an average core diameter of 2.93 ± 0.49 nm were synthesized by the co-reduction of butylphenyl diazonium salt and H(2)PtCl(4). Cyclic voltammetric studies of the Pt-BP nanoparticles showed a much less pronounced hysteresis between the oxidation currents of formic acid in the forward and reverse scans, as compared to that on naked Pt surfaces. Electrochemical in situ FTIR studies confirmed that no adsorbed CO, a poisoning intermediate, was generated on the Pt-BP nanoparticle surface. These results suggest that functionalization of the Pt nanoparticles by butylphenyl fragments effectively blocked the CO poisoning pathway, most probably through third-body effects, and hence led to an apparent improvement of the electrocatalytic activity in formic acid oxidation.

  12. PEFC catalytic properties of Pt - Ni nanoparticles prepared by a plasma-gas-condensation

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    Umezawa, Michihisa; Ishikawa, Ryoichi; Miyazaki, Reona; Hihara, Takehiko

    2017-01-01

    Pt - Ni nanoparticles were fabricated via the gas phase method. Their performance as anode catalysts for the proton exchange membrane fuel cell was investigated as a function of Ni concentration. The microscopic configurations of the nanoparticles were rather heterogeneous; Pt-rich alloys existed in the core region of particles while a part of the surface layer was composed of the Ni-rich layer. Despite the Ni-rich layer in the shell region, the anode catalyst performance of the Pt - Ni nanoparticles was never deteriorated compared with that of the Pt ones. When the anode catalyst was composed of the Pt nanoparticles, a maximum power density of 112 mW/cm2 was obtained. However, 90% of the power density was still kept even when 40 at. % of Pt was replaced with Ni. The results suggest that a further decrease of Pt composition with maintaining its catalyst performance can be feasible by effective particle dispersing.

  13. Synthesis-atomic structure-properties relationships in metallic nanoparticles by total scattering experiments and 3D computer simulations: case of Pt-Ru nanoalloy catalysts

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    Prasai, Binay; Ren, Yang; Shan, Shiyao; Zhao, Yinguang; Cronk, Hannah; Luo, Jin; Zhong, Chuan-Jian; Petkov, Valeri

    2015-04-01

    An approach to determining the 3D atomic structure of metallic nanoparticles (NPs) in fine detail and using the unique knowledge obtained for rationalizing their synthesis and properties targeted for optimization is described and exemplified on Pt-Ru alloy NPs of importance to the development of devices for clean energy conversion such as fuel cells. In particular, PtxRu100-x alloy NPs, where x = 31, 49 and 75, are synthesized by wet chemistry and activated catalytically by a post-synthesis treatment involving heating under controlled N2-H2 atmosphere. So-activated NPs are evaluated as catalysts for gas-phase CO oxidation and ethanol electro-oxidation reactions taking place in fuel cells. Both as-synthesized and activated NPs are characterized structurally by total scattering experiments involving high-energy synchrotron X-ray diffraction coupled to atomic pair distribution functions (PDFs) analysis. 3D structure models both for as-synthesized and activated NPs are built by molecular dynamics simulations based on the archetypal for current theoretical modelling Sutton-Chen method. Models are refined against the experimental PDF data by reverse Monte Carlo simulations and analysed in terms of prime structural characteristics such as metal-to-metal bond lengths, bond angles and first coordination numbers for Pt and Ru atoms. Analysis indicates that, though of a similar type, the atomic structure of as-synthesized and respective activated NPs differ in several details of importance to NP catalytic properties. Structural characteristics of activated NPs and data for their catalytic activity are compared side by side and strong evidence found that electronic effects, indicated by significant changes in Pt-Pt and Ru-Ru metal bond lengths at NP surface, and practically unrecognized so far atomic ensemble effects, indicated by distinct stacking of atomic layers near NP surface and prevalence of particular configurations of Pt and Ru atoms in these layers, contribute to the

  14. Synthesis of Au@Pt bimetallic nanoparticles with concave Au nanocuboids as seeds and their enhanced electrocatalytic properties in the ethanol oxidation reaction

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    Tan, Lingyu; Li, Lidong; Peng, Yi; Guo, Lin

    2015-12-01

    Herein, a new type of uniform and well-structured Au@Pt bimetallic nanoparticles (BNPs) with highly active concave Au nanocuboids (NCs) as seeds was successfully synthesized by using the classic seed-mediated method. Electrochemical measurements were conducted to demonstrate their greatly enhanced catalytic performance in the ethanol oxidation reaction (EOR). It was found that the electrochemical performance for Au@Pt BNPs with the concave Au NCs as seeds, which were enclosed by {611} high-index facets, could be seven times higher than that of the Au@Pt bimetallic nanoparticles with regular spherical Au NPs as seeds. Furthermore, our findings show that the morphology and electrocatalytic activity of the Au@Pt BNPs can be tuned simply by changing the compositional ratios of the growth solution. The lower the amount of H2PtCl6 used in the growth solution, the thinner the Pt shell grew, and the more high-index facets of concave Au NCs seeds were exposed in Au@Pt BNPs, leading to higher electrochemical activity. These as-prepared concave Au@Pt BNPs will open up new strategies for improving catalytic efficiency and reducing the use of the expensive and scarce resource of platinum in the ethanol oxidation reaction, and are potentially applicable as electrochemical catalysts for direct ethanol fuel cells.

  15. Ag/Au/Pt trimetallic nanoparticles with defects: preparation, characterization, and electrocatalytic activity in methanol oxidation

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    Thongthai, Kontee; Pakawanit, Phakkhananan; Chanlek, Narong; Kim, Jun-Hyun; Ananta, Supon; Srisombat, Laongnuan

    2017-09-01

    Two series of Ag x /Au/Pt y trimetallic nanoparticles (Ag x Au1Pt2 with x ranging from 1-5 and Ag4Au1Pt y with y ranging from 1-3) were prepared by a sequential chemical reduction method that involved the deposition of Pt on preformed Ag/Au core-shell particles by systematically controlling the amount of Ag, Au, and Pt metal precursor solutions. The structural changes (the diameters and increased surface roughness from the defective features) and absorption patterns (the significant reduction of the peak intensities) of the nanoparticles examined with TEM and UV-vis spectroscopy indicated the selective incorporation of Pt on the Ag/Au nanoparticles regardless of their compositions. In addition, a combination of WDX, XRD, and XPS analyses quantitatively and qualitatively confirmed the successful formation of the Ag x Au1Pt2 and Ag4Au1Pt y trimetallic nanoparticles. Subsequently, these series of nanoparticles were deposited on multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) to evaluate their electrocatalytic property in the methanol oxidation reaction (MOR) as a function of their metal compositions. The results showed that the electrocatalytic activities of all Ag4/Au1/Pt y systems were higher than those of typical Pt on the MWCNTs. In particular, the Ag4Au1Pt2 nanoparticles exhibited the highest electrocatalytic property for the MOR, suggesting the importance of the proper combination of metal constituents and structures to regulate the activity in electrocatalytic systems.

  16. Study of PtPd Bimetallic Nanoparticles for Fuel Cell Applications

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    Esparza, Rodrigo; Santoveña,Alan; Ruíz-Baltazar, Alvaro; Angeles-Pascual,Alvaro; Bahena,Daniel; Maya-Cornejo,Jose; Ledesma-García, Janet; Pérez,Ramiro

    2017-01-01

    Bimetallic nanoparticles are of special interest for their potential applications for fuel cells, mainly for portable power applications. Among the bimetallic systems, Pt-Pd bimetallic nanoparticles have received great interest as they can be widely used as effective catalysts for various electrochemical reactions. In this work, Pt-Pd alloy bimetallic nanoparticles were synthesized through a chemical reduction method. The nanoparticles were characterized using aberration-corrected scanning/tr...

  17. Biosynthesis of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs from C. orchioides and study their antimicrobial efficacy

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    S. Saranya

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available In this study, silver nanoparticles were synthesized using the C. orchioides plant extract as a reducing agent. The bioactive phytochemicals/ secondary metabolites present in the plant and were responsible for the quick reduction of silver ion (Au+ to metallic silver nanoparticles (Au0. The reduced silver nanoparticles were characterized by UV–vis spectroscopy, Scanning electron microscopy (SEM, Fourier Transform-Infra Red Spectroscopy (FT-IR, Dynamic light scattering (DLS and Zeta potential analysis. The UV-VIS spectroscopic studies revealed the presence of beard peaks at around 540 nm. SEM studies showed spherical-shaped gold nanoparticles at 90 nm in higher densities. The microbial derived gold nanoparticles were also showing more inhibition activity in both bacterial and fungus strains. In bacteria, gram negative strains are highly affected by the test samples than gram positive. In fungal strains, the highest effect was noticed in Aspergillus niger while less effect was observed in Candida albicans. The plant materials mediated synthesis of silver nanoparticles have comparatively rapid and less expensive and wide application to antibacterial therapy in modern medicine.

  18. Synthesis of Pt, Pd, Pt/Ag and Pd/Ag nanoparticles by microwave-polyol method

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    Kirti Patel; Sudhir Kapoor; Devilal Purshottam Dave; Tulsi Mukherjee

    2005-07-01

    Pt, Pd, Pt-Ag and Pd-Ag bimetallic nanoparticles were synthesized in ethylene glycol and glycerol using the microwave technique in the presence of a stabilizer poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP). It has been observed that PVP is capable of complexing and stabilizing nanoparticles. Mixed clusters were formed by simultaneous reduction of the metal ions. The clusters were characterized using UV-Vis spectra, XRD and dynamic light scattering. To understand the mechanism of formation of mixed nanoparticles, several experimental parameters such as in situ irradiation of mixed metal salts and mixing of individual sols were attempted.

  19. The effect of thermal treatment on the atomic structure of core-shell PtCu nanoparticles in PtCu/C electrocatalysts

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    Pryadchenko, V. V.; Belenov, S. V.; Shemet, D. B.; Volochaev, V. A.; Srabionyan, V. V.; Avakyan, L. A.; Tabachkova, N. Yu.; Guterman, V. E.; Bugaev, L. A.

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    PtCu/C electrocatalysts with bimetallic PtCu nanoparticles were synthesized by successive chemical reduction of Cu2+ and Pt(IV) in a carbon suspension prepared based on an aqueous ethylene glycol solution. The atomic structure of as-prepared PtCu nanoparticles and nanoparticles subjected to thermal treatment at 350°C was examined using Pt L 3 and Cu K EXAFS spectra, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray powder diffraction (XRD). The results of joint analysis of TEM microphotographs, XRD profiles, and EXAFS spectra suggest that the synthesized electrocatalysts contain PtCu nanoparticles with a Cu core-Pt shell structure and copper oxides Cu2O and CuO. Thermal treatment of electrocatalysts at 350°C results in partial reduction of copper oxides and fusion of bimetallic nanoparticles with the formation of both homogeneous and ordered PtCu solid solutions.

  20. Methods to synthesize NiPt bimetallic nanoparticles by a reversed-phase microemulsion, deposition of NiPt bimetallic nanoparticles on a support, and application of the supported catalyst for CO.sub.2 reforming of methane

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    Biausque, Gregory

    2015-04-28

    Methods to synthesize NiPt bimetallic nanoparticles by a reversed-phase microemulsion, deposition of NiPt bimetallic nanoparticles on a support, and application of the supported catalyst for CO.sub.2 reforming of methane

  1. The effect of reducing agents on the electronic, magnetic and electrocatalytic properties of thiol-capped Pt/Co and Pt/Ni nanoparticles

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    Mathe, NR

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The electronic, magnetic and electrocatalytic properties of bimetallic thiol-capped Pt/Co and Pt/Ni nanoparticles were synthesised using two reducing agents, NaBH(sub4) and N(sub2)H(sub4). X-ray diffraction analysis of the nanoparticles showed Pt...

  2. Orientation of FePt nanoparticles on top of a-SiO2/Si(001), MgO(001) and sapphire(0001): effect of thermal treatments and influence of substrate and particle size.

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    Schilling, Martin; Ziemann, Paul; Zhang, Zaoli; Biskupek, Johannes; Kaiser, Ute; Wiedwald, Ulf

    2016-01-01

    Texture formation and epitaxy of thin metal films and oriented growth of nanoparticles (NPs) on single crystal supports are of general interest for improved physical and chemical properties especially of anisotropic materials. In the case of FePt, the main focus lies on its highly anisotropic magnetic behavior and its catalytic activity, both due to the chemically ordered face-centered tetragonal (fct) L10 phase. If the c-axis of the tetragonal system can be aligned normal to the substrate plane, perpendicular magnetic recording could be achieved. Here, we study the orientation of FePt NPs and films on a-SiO2/Si(001), i.e., Si(001) with an amorphous (a-) native oxide layer on top, on MgO(001), and on sapphire(0001) substrates. For the NPs of an approximately equiatomic composition, two different sizes were chosen: "small" NPs with diameters in the range of 2-3 nm and "large" ones in the range of 5-8 nm. The 3 nm thick FePt films, deposited by pulsed laser deposition (PLD), served as reference samples. The structural properties were probed in situ, particularly texture formation and epitaxy of the specimens by reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) and, in case of 3 nm nanoparticles, additionally by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) after different annealing steps between 200 and 650 °C. The L10 phase is obtained at annealing temperatures above 550 °C for films and 600 °C for nanoparticles in accordance with previous reports. On the amorphous surface of a-SiO2/Si substrates we find no preferential orientation neither for FePt films nor nanoparticles even after annealing at 630 °C. On sapphire(0001) supports, however, FePt nanoparticles exhibit a clearly preferred (111) orientation even in the as-prepared state, which can be slightly improved by annealing at 600-650 °C. This improvement depends on the size of NPs: Only the smaller NPs approach a fully developed (111) orientation. On top of MgO(001) the effect of annealing on

  3. Monte Carlo Simulations of Segregation in Pt-Ni Catalyst Nanoparticles

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    Wang, Guofeng; Van Hove, Michel A.; Ross, Philip N.; Baskes, M.I.

    2004-04-01

    We have investigated the segregation of Pt atoms in the surfaces of Pt-Ni nanoparticles, using Modified Embedded Atom Model potentials and the Monte Carlo method. The nanoparticles are assumed to have disordered fcc configurations at two fixed overall concentrations (50 at. percent Pt and 75 at. percent Pt). We use four kinds of nanoparticle shapes [cube, tetrahedron, octahedron, and cubo-octahedron] terminated by {l_brace}111{r_brace} and {l_brace}100{r_brace} facets to examine the extent of the Pt segregation to the nanoparticle surfaces and determine the equilibrium structures of Pt-Ni nanoparticles at T=600 K. The model particles contain between 560 and 4631 atoms (particle size ranging from 2.5 to 5 nm). Our results imply that a complete (100)-facet reconstruction could make the cubo-octahendral Pt-Ni nanoparticles most energetically favorable, consistent with experimental observations. We predict that at 600 K due to segregation the equilibrium Pt50Ni50 nanoparticles with fewer than 2000 atoms and Pt75Ni25 nano particles with fewer than 4000 atoms would achieve a surface-sandwich structure, in which the Pt atoms are enriched in the outermost and third atomic shells while the Ni atoms are enriched in the second atomic shell. We also find that due to an order-disorder transition the Pt50Ni50 cubo-octahedral nanoparticles containing more than 2000 atoms would form a core-shell structure with a Pt-enriched surface and a Pt-deficient homogeneous core.

  4. Thermally Stable Nanocatalyst for High Temperature Reactions: Pt-Mesoporous Silica Core-Shell Nanoparticles

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    Joo, Sang Hoon; Park, J.Y.; Tsung, C.-K.; Yamada, Y.; Yang, P.; Somorjai, G.A.

    2008-10-25

    Recent advances in colloidal synthesis enabled the precise control of size, shape and composition of catalytic metal nanoparticles, allowing their use as model catalysts for systematic investigations of the atomic-scale properties affecting catalytic activity and selectivity. The organic capping agents stabilizing colloidal nanoparticles, however, often limit their application in high-temperature catalytic reactions. Here we report the design of a high-temperature stable model catalytic system that consists of Pt metal core coated with a mesoporous silica shell (Pt{at}mSiO{sub 2}). While inorganic silica shells encaged the Pt cores up to 750 C in air, the mesopores directly accessible to Pt cores made the Pt{at}mSiO{sub 2} nanoparticles as catalytically active as bare Pt metal for ethylene hydrogenation and CO oxidation. The high thermal stability of Pt{at}mSiO{sub 2} nanoparticles permitted high-temperature CO oxidation studies, including ignition behavior, which was not possible for bare Pt nanoparticles because of their deformation or aggregation. The results suggest that the Pt{at}mSiO{sub 2} nanoparticles are excellent nanocatalytic systems for high-temperature catalytic reactions or surface chemical processes, and the design concept employed in the Pt{at}mSiO{sub 2} core-shell catalyst can be extended to other metal-metal oxide compositions.

  5. Gold nanoparticle (AuNPs) and gold nanopore (AuNPore) catalysts in organic synthesis.

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    Takale, Balaram S; Bao, Ming; Yamamoto, Yoshinori

    2014-04-07

    Organic synthesis using gold has gained tremendous attention in last few years, especially heterogeneous gold catalysis based on gold nanoparticles has made its place in almost all organic reactions, because of the robust and green nature of gold catalysts. In this context, gold nanopore (AuNPore) with a 3D metal framework is giving a new dimension to heterogeneous gold catalysts. Interestingly, AuNPore chemistry is proving better than gold nanoparticles based chemistry. In this review, along with recent advances, major discoveries in heterogeneous gold catalysis are discussed.

  6. The fate of iron nanoparticles in environmental waters treated with nanoscale zero-valent iron, FeONPs and Fe3O4NPs.

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    Peeters, Kelly; Lespes, Gaëtane; Zuliani, Tea; Ščančar, Janez; Milačič, Radmila

    2016-05-01

    Among the different nanoparticles (NPs) that are used in the remediation of contaminated environmental waters, iron nanoparticles (FeNPs) are the most frequently applied. However, if these FeNPs remain in the waters after the treatment, they can cause a hazard to the environment. In this work the time dependent size distribution of iron particles was investigated in Milli-Q water, forest spring water and landfill leachate after a variety of FeNP treatments. The efficiency of the metal removal by the FeNPs was also examined. The concentrations of the metals in the aqueous samples were determined before and after the nano-remediation by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The data revealed that the settling and removal of the FeNPs after the treatment of the waters was related to the sample characteristics and the ways of dispersing the NPs. When mixing was used for the dispersion, the nano zero-valent iron (nZVI), FeONPs and Fe3O4NPs settled quickly in the Milli-Q water, the forest spring water and the landfill leachate. Dispersion with tertramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH) resulted in a slower settling of the iron aggregates. In the Milli-Q and forest spring waters treated with FeONPs and dispersed by TMAH, the nanosized iron remained in solution as long as 24 h after the treatment and could represent a potential threat in environmental waters with a low ionic strength. The removal of the metals strongly depended on the type of FeNPs, the chemical speciation of the elements and the sample matrix. If the FeNPs are contaminated by a particular metal, this contaminant could be, during the NPs treatment, released into the water that is being remediated.

  7. Transition from superparamagnetism to correlated ferromagnetism in Pt capped Co nanoparticles

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    Ebbing, Astrid; Petracic, Oleg [Institut fuer Experimentalphysik/Festkoerperphysik, Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum, 44780 Bochum (Germany); Agudo, Leonardo; Eggeler, Gunther [Institut fuer Werkstoffe, Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum, 44780 Bochum (Germany)

    2011-07-01

    In this work we show that by capping Co nanoparticles with small amounts of Pt drastic changes of the magnetic properties can be induced. The magnetic properties were investigated using superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometry. We find that for zero and for very small amounts of Pt (nominal thickness t(Pt) < 0.7 nm) the nanoparticles behave superparamagnetic. With increasing t(Pt) the blocking temperature is enhanced from 15 K up to 110 K. However, for values t(Pt) > 1 nm a strongly coupled state is encountered resembling a ferromagnet with T{sub c} values > 300 K.

  8. Pt nanoparticles embedded on reduced graphite oxide with excellent electrocatalytic properties

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    Saravanan, Gengan; Mohan, Subramanian

    2016-11-01

    Economically viable electrochemical approach has been developed for the synthesis of Pt nanoparticles through electrodeposition technique on the surface of Reduced Graphite Oxide (RGO). Pt nanoparticles embedded Reduced Graphite Oxide on Glassy Carbon Electrode are employed (Pt-rGO/GCE) for electrooxidation of formic acid. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) image and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) image shows that reduced graphite oxide act as an excellent support to anchor the Pt nanoparticles. Cyclic voltammetry results confirmed that Pt-rGO/GCE enhanced current density as many folds than that of bare platinum electrode for electrooxidation of formic acid. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns for Pt-graphene composites illustrate that peaks at 69.15 and 23° for Pt (220) and graphene carbon (002) respectively. 13C NMR spectrum of the electrochemically reduced graphite oxide resonance contains only one peak at 133 ppm which retains graphitic sp2 carbon and does not contain any oxygenated carbon and the carbonyl carbons.

  9. Pt nanoparticles on titania nanotubes prepared by vapor-phase impregnation-decomposition method

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    Encarnacion Gomez, C. [National Polytechnic Institute, Dept. of Metallurgical Eng., Mexico 07300 DF, AP 75-874 (Mexico); Vargas Garcia, J.R., E-mail: rvargasga@ipn.m [National Polytechnic Institute, Dept. of Metallurgical Eng., Mexico 07300 DF, AP 75-874 (Mexico); Toledo Antonio, J.A.; Cortes Jacome, M.A.; Angeles Chavez, C. [Petroleum Mexican Institute, Eje Central Lazaro Cardenas No. 152, Mexico 07730 DF (Mexico)

    2010-04-16

    Platinum (Pt) nanoparticles were prepared on titania nanotubes (TNTs) by vapor-phase impregnation-decomposition method using platinum acetylacetonate as precursor. TNTs and Pt precursor were mixed in 3:1 weight ratio before vapor-phase impregnation. The mixed powders were heated at 453 K for 10 min to evaporate the precursor in a horizontal tube quartz reactor at a total pressure of 66.6 kPa. Then, the impregnated TNTs were moved to a higher temperature zone (673 K) inside the tube reactor to achieve the precursor decomposition. HAADF-STEM observations, AAS and XPS results revealed that this method allows the formation of uniformly distributed Pt nanoparticles on the surface of TNTs with a narrow distribution of particle size (2.1 nm mean size). Pt nanoparticles remain mainly as Pt{sup 0} oxidation state with a Pt{sup 0}/Pt{sup 2+} atomic ratio of 3.9.

  10. Carbon supported nanoparticles Pt Ru (Pt Ru/C electrocatalysts) prepared using electron beam irradiation; Preparacao de nanoparticulas de PtRu suportadas em carbono (eletrocatalisadores PtRu/C) utilizando feixe de eletrons

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    Silva, Dionisio F. da; Oliveira Neto, Almir; Pino, Eddy S.; Linardi, Marcelo; Spinace, Estevam V. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Programa de Celulas a Combustivel], e-mail: espinace@ipen.br, e-mail: dfsilva@ipen.br

    2006-07-01

    Carbon-supported Pt Ru (electrocatalysts PtRu/C nanoparticles) were prepared submitting a water/ethylene glycol mixture containing Pt(IV) and Ru(III) ions and the carbon support to electron beam irradiation. The PtRu/C electrocatalysts were characterized by EDX, XRD and cyclic voltammetry and tested for methanol electro-oxidation aiming fuel cell application. The obtained PtRu/C electrocatalysts were more active for methanol electro-oxidation than the commercial PtRu/C ETEK electrocatalyst at ambient temperature. (author)

  11. Carbon supported nanoparticles Pt Ru (Pt Ru/C electrocatalysts) prepared using electron beam irradiation; Preparacao de nanoparticulas de PtRu suportadas em carbono (eletrocatalisadores PtRu/C) utilizando feixe de eletrons

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    Silva, Dionisio F. da; Oliveira Neto, Almir; Pino, Eddy S.; Linardi, Marcelo; Spinace, Estevam V. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Programa de Celulas a Combustivel], e-mail: espinace@ipen.br, e-mail: dfsilva@ipen.br

    2006-07-01

    Carbon-supported Pt Ru (electrocatalysts PtRu/C nanoparticles) were prepared submitting a water/ethylene glycol mixture containing Pt(IV) and Ru(III) ions and the carbon support to electron beam irradiation. The PtRu/C electrocatalysts were characterized by EDX, XRD and cyclic voltammetry and tested for methanol electro-oxidation aiming fuel cell application. The obtained PtRu/C electrocatalysts were more active for methanol electro-oxidation than the commercial PtRu/C ETEK electrocatalyst at ambient temperature. (author)

  12. Structural and Magnetic model of self-assembled FePt nanoparticle arrays

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    Thomson, T

    2004-05-13

    Chemically ordered, self-assembled FePt nanoparticle arrays with high magnetic anisotropy are considered a candidate medium for data storage beyond 1 Tbit/in{sup 2}. We report comprehensive structural and magnetic studies on thin (3 layer) assemblies of polyethylenimine (PEI) and 4 nm Fe{sub 58}Pt{sub 42} nanoparticles using X-ray diffraction, small angle neutron scattering and magnetometry. We show that prior to annealing FePt nanoparticles in the PEI-FePt assembly consist of a metallic, magnetic core surrounded by a weakly magnetic or non-magnetic shell. High temperature annealing creates the desired L1{sub 0} chemical ordering and results in high coercivity FePt nanoparticles. However, we find that the high temperatures necessary to establish full chemical ordering leads to particle sintering and agglomeration. Understanding the magnetic and physical properties of these assemblies allows future research directions to be clarified for nanoparticle arrays as data storage media.

  13. Synthesis of Pt and Pt-Fe nanoparticles supported on MWCNTs used as electrocatalysts in the methanol oxidation reaction

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    J.R.Rodriguez; R.M.F´elix; E.A.Reynoso; Y.Gochi-Ponce; Y.Verde Gómez; S.Fuentes Moyado; G.Alonso-N ´uñez

    2014-01-01

    This work reports a feasible synthesis of highly-dispersed Pt and Pt-Fe nanoparticles supported on multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) without Fe and multiwall carbon nanotubes with iron (MWCNTs-Fe) which applied as electrocatalysts for methanol electrooxidation. A Pt coordination complex salt was synthesized in an aqueous solution and it was used as precursor to prepare Pt/MWCNTs, Pt/MWCNTs-Fe, and Pt-Fe/MWCNTs using FeCl2·4H2O as iron source which were named S1, S2 and S3, respectively. The coordination complex of platinum (TOA)2PtCl6 was obtained by the chemical reaction between (NH4)2PtCl6 with tetraoctylammonium bromide (TOAB) and it was characterized by FT-IR and TGA. The materials were characterized by Raman spectroscopy, SEM, EDS, XRD, TEM and TGA. The electrocatalytic activity of Pt-based supported on MWCNTs in the methanol oxidation was investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and chronoamperometry (CA). Pt-Fe/MWCNTs electrocatalysts showed the highest electrocatalytic activity and stability among the tested electrocatalysts due to that the addition of”Fe”promotes the OH species adsorption on the electrocatalyst surface at low potentials, thus, enhancing the activity toward the methanol oxidation reaction (MOR).

  14. Predicting the size- and shape-dependent cohesive energy and order-disorder transition temperature of Co-Pt nanoparticles by embedded-atom-method potential.

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    Liu, Chenze; Qi, Weihong; Ouyang, Bin; Wang, Xing; Huang, Baiyun

    2013-02-01

    The cohesive energy (CE) of CoPt nanoparticles (NPs) with different sizes and shapes have been calculated by embedded-atom-method (EAM) potential. It is shown that CE of NPs with order or disorder structures decreases with the decrease of particle size, while the shape effects become obvious only at small size. The CE difference per atom between order and disorder structures decreases with the decrease of particle size, indicating that the possibility of order-disorder transition in small size becomes larger compared with these in large size. Significantly, the CE difference varies in proportion to order-disorder transition temperature (T(c)), which suggests that one can predict order-disorder transition of NPs by calculation the cohesive energy. The present calculated T(c) of CoPt NPs is consistent with recent experiments, simulation and theoretical predictions, and the method can also be applied to study the order-disorder transition of FePt, FePd, and so on.

  15. Screening of electrocatalysts for direct ammonia fuel cell: Ammonia oxidation on PtMe (Me: Ir, Rh, Pd, Ru) and preferentially oriented Pt(1 0 0) nanoparticles

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    Vidal-Iglesias, F.J.; Solla-Gullon, J.; Montiel, V.; Feliu, J.M.; Aldaz, A. [Instituto de Electroquimica, Universidad de Alicante, Apartado 99, 03080 Alicante (Spain)

    2007-09-27

    Ammonia has attracted attention as a possible fuel for direct fuel cells since it is easy to handle and to transport as liquid or as concentrated aqueous solution. However, on noble metal electrodes ammonia oxidation is a sluggish reaction and the electrocatalyst needs to be improved for developing efficient ammonia fuel cells. In this work, ammonia electrooxidation reaction on 3-4-nm bimetallic PtMe (Ir, Rh, Pd, Ru) and on preferentially oriented Pt(1 0 0) nanoparticles is reported. PtMe nanoparticles have been prepared by using water-in-oil microemulsions to obtain a narrow size distribution whereas preferentially oriented Pt nanoparticles have been prepared through colloidal routes. Among all the bimetallic samples tested, only Pt{sub 75}Ir{sub 25} and Pt{sub 75}Rh{sub 25} nanoparticles show, at the low potential range, an enhancement of the oxidation density current with respect to the behaviour found for pure platinum nanoparticles prepared by the same method. In addition, two Pt(1 0 0) preferentially oriented nanoparticles of different particle size (4 and 9 nm) have been also studied. These oriented nanoparticles show higher current densities than polycrystalline Pt nanoparticles due to the sensitivity of ammonia oxidation toward the presence of surface sites with square symmetry. The reactivity of the different 4-nm nanoparticles parallels well with that expected from bulk PtMe alloys and Pt single crystal electrodes. (author)

  16. Long-term effects of cupric oxide nanoparticles (CuO NPs) on the performance, microbial community and enzymatic activity of activated sludge in a sequencing batch reactor.

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    Wang, Sen; Li, Zhiwei; Gao, Mengchun; She, Zonglian; Ma, Bingrui; Guo, Liang; Zheng, Dong; Zhao, Yangguo; Jin, Chunji; Wang, Xuejiao; Gao, Feng

    2017-02-01

    The long-term effects of cupric oxide nanoparticles (CuO NPs) on the performance, microbial activity and microbial community of activated sludge were investigated in a sequencing batch reactor (SBR). The SBR performance had no evident change at 0-10 mg/L CuO NPs, whereas the CuO NPs concentration at 30-60 mg/L affected the COD, NH4(+)-N and soluble orthophosphate (SOP) removal, nitrogen and phosphorus removal rate and microbial enzymatic activity of activated sludge. Some CuO NPs might be absorbed on the surface of activated sludge or penetrate the microbial cytomembrane into the microbial cell interior of activated sludge. Compared to 0 mg/L CuO NPs, the reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release increased by 43.6% and 56.4% at 60 mg/L CuO NPs, respectively. The variations of ROS production and LDH release demonstrated that CuO NPs could induce the toxicity towards the microorganisms and destroy the integrity of microbial cytomembrane in the activated sludge. High throughput sequencing of 16S rDNA indicated that CuO NPs could evidently impact on the microbial richness, diversity and composition of activated sludge in the SBR.

  17. Aminated polyethersulfone-silver nanoparticles (AgNPs-APES) composite membranes with controlled silver ion release for antibacterial and water treatment applications.

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    Haider, M Salman; Shao, Godlisten N; Imran, S M; Park, Sung Soo; Abbas, Nadir; Tahir, M Suleman; Hussain, Manwar; Bae, Wookeun; Kim, Hee Taik

    2016-05-01

    The present study reports the antibacterial disinfection properties of a series of silver nanoparticle (AgNP) immobilized membranes. Initially, polyethersulfone (PES) was functionalized through the introduction of amino groups to form aminated polyethersulfone (NH2-PES, APES). AgNPs were then coordinately immobilized on the surface of the APES composite membrane to form AgNPs-APES. The properties of the obtained membrane were examined by FT-IR, XPS, XRD, TGA, ICP-OES and SEM-EDAX analyses. These structural characterizations revealed that AgNPs ranging from 5 to 40 nm were immobilized on the surface of the polymer membrane. Antibacterial tests of the samples showed that the AgNPs-APES exhibited higher activity than the AgNPs-PES un-functionalized membrane. Generally, the AgNPs-APES 1 cm × 3 cm strip revealed a four times longer life than the un-functionalized AgNPs polymer membranes. The evaluation of the Ag(+) leaching properties of the obtained samples indicated that approximately 30% of the AgNPs could be retained, even after 12 days of operation. Further analysis indicated that silver ion release can be sustained for approximately 25 days. The present study provides a systematic and novel approach to synthesize water treatment membranes with controlled and improved silver (Ag(+)) release to enhance the lifetime of the membranes.

  18. Site-selective Cu deposition on Pt dendrimer-encapsulated nanoparticles: correlation of theory and experiment.

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    Carino, Emily V; Kim, Hyun You; Henkelman, Graeme; Crooks, Richard M

    2012-03-07

    The voltammetry of Cu underpotential deposition (UPD) onto Pt dendrimer-encapsulated nanoparticles (DENs) containing an average of 147 Pt atoms (Pt(147)) is correlated to density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Specifically, the voltammetric peak positions are in good agreement with the calculated energies for Cu deposition and stripping on the Pt(100) and Pt(111) facets of the DENs. Partial Cu shells on Pt(147) are more stable on the Pt(100) facets, compared to the Pt(111) facets, and therefore, Cu UPD occurs on the 4-fold hollow sites of Pt(100) first. Finally, the structures of Pt DENs having full and partial monolayers of Cu were characterized in situ by X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). The results of XAS studies are also in good agreement with the DFT-optimized models.

  19. Synthesis of Platinum Nanoparticles from K2PtCl4 Solution Using Bacterial Cellulose Matrix

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    H. F. Aritonang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Platinum (Pt nanoparticles have been synthesized from a precursor solution of potassium tetrachloroplatinate (K2PtCl4 using a matrix of bacterial cellulose (BC. The formation of Pt nanoparticles occurs at the surface and the inside of the BC membrane by reducing the precursor solution with a hydrogen gas reductant. The Pt nanoparticles obtained from the variations of precursor concentration, between 3 mM and 30 mM, and the formation of Pt nanoparticles have been studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDS, and thermogravimetry analysis (TGA. Based on X-ray diffraction patterns, Pt particles have sizes between 6.3 nm and 9.3 nm, and the Pt particle size increases with an increase in precursor concentration. The morphology of the Pt nanoparticles was observed by SEM-EDS and the content of Pt particles inside the membrane is higher than that on the surface of BC membranes. This analysis corresponds to the TGA analysis, but the TGA analysis is more representative in how it describes the content of Pt particles in the BC membrane.

  20. Highly uniform distribution of Pt nanoparticles on N-doped hollow carbon spheres with enhanced durability for oxygen reduction reaction

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    Shi, Qiurong; Zhu, Chengzhou; Engelhard, Mark H.; Du, Dan; Lin, Yuehe

    2017-01-01

    Carbon-supported Pt nanostructures currently exhibited great potential in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells. Nitrogen-doped hollow carbon spheres (NHCSs) with extra low density and high specific surface area are promising carbon support for loading Pt NPs. The doped heteroatom of nitrogen could not only contribute to the active activity for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), but also shows a strong interaction with Pt NPs for entrapping them from dissolution/migration. This synergetic effect/interaction resulted in the uniform dispersion and strong combination of the Pt NPs on the carbon support and thus play a significant role in hindering the degradation of the catalytic activities of Pt NPs. As expected, the as-obtained Pt/NHCSs displayed improved catalytic activity and superior durability toward ORR.

  1. Microbial synthesis of bimetallic PdPt nanoparticles for catalytic reduction of 4-nitrophenol.

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    Tuo, Ya; Liu, Guangfei; Dong, Bin; Yu, Huali; Zhou, Jiti; Wang, Jing; Jin, Ruofei

    2017-02-01

    Bimetallic nanoparticles are generally believed to have improved catalytic activity and stability due to geometric and electronic changes. In this work, biogenic-Pd (bio-Pd), biogenic-Pt (bio-Pt), and biogenic-PdPt (bio-PdPt) nanoparticles were synthesized by Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 in the absence or presence of quinone. Compared with direct microbial reduction process, the addition of anthraquinone-2,6-disulfonate (AQDS) could promote the reduction efficiency of Pd(II) or/and Pt(IV) and result in decrease of particles size. All kinds of nanoparticles could catalyze 4-nitrophenol reduction by NaBH4 and their catalytic activities took the following order: bio-PdPt (AQDS) ∼ bio-PdPt > bio-Pd (AQDS) > bio-Pd > bio-Pt (AQDS) ∼ bio-Pt. Moreover, the bio-PdPt (AQDS) nanoparticles could be reused for 6 cycles. We believe that this simple and efficient biosynthesis approach for synthesizing bimetallic bio-PdPt nanocatalysts is important for preparing active and stable catalysts.

  2. Facile fabrication of Pt-Ag bimetallic nanoparticles decorated reduced graphene oxide for highly sensitive non-enzymatic hydrogen peroxide sensing.

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    Zhang, Cong; Zhang, Yanyan; Du, Xin; Chen, Yuan; Dong, Wenhao; Han, Bingkai; Chen, Qiang

    2016-10-01

    A new electrocatalyst, Pt-Ag bimetallic nanoparticles decorated reduced graphene oxide nanocomposite, was successfully synthesized by a facile, eco-friendly and controllable route. The morphological characterization of RGO/Pt-Ag NPs nanocomposite was examined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) analyzer, X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectrum, and Fourier transform infrared spectrum (FT-IR), respectively. And then, the RGO/Pt-Ag NPs nanocomposite was immobilized on the surface of glassy carbon (GC) electrode to fabricate a novel and highly sensitive non-enzymatic hydrogen peroxide sensor. The electrochemical behaviors of the prepared sensor were investigated by cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry. The sensor showed excellent performance toward H2O2 with sensitivity as high as 699.6 μA mM(-1)cm(-2) and 402.7 μA mM(-1)cm(-2), wide linear range of 0.005-1.5mM and 1.5-7mM, and low detection limit of 0.04μM (S/N=3). Moreover, the prepared hydrogen peroxide sensor was applied to in real samples with satisfactory results. These excellent results indicate that the prepared RGO/Pt-Ag NPs nanocomposite has broad application prospect in the field of sensors.

  3. Direct synthesis of water dispersible superparamagnetic TGA capped FePt nanoparticles: One pot, one shot

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    Jha, Deepak K. [Department of Physics, Tezpur University (Central University), Tezpur 784028 (India); Varadarajan, Komanduri S.; Patel, Anant B. [Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Uppal Road, Hyderabad 500007 (India); Deb, Pritam, E-mail: pdeb@tezu.ernet.in [Department of Physics, Tezpur University (Central University), Tezpur 784028 (India)

    2015-04-15

    Thioglycolic acid (TGA) capped hydrophilic fcc-FePt magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) were directly synthesized by a facile one pot polyol method. Thioglycolic acid (TGA) was used to functionalize the nanoparticles by incorporating thiol group onto the surface. It helped in the preparation of highly stable dispersions of nanoparticles with spherical morphology. A possible formation mechanism for these FePt MNPs, depending on the role of TGA, was proposed. The as-prepared FePt MNPs possessed a face centered cubic structure with an average size of 6 ± 1 nm and superparamagnetic property at room temperature. MRI study showed that these MNPs exhibited a transverse relaxivity of ∼600 mg{sup −1} ml s{sup −1}, superior to that of reported iron oxide nanoparticles. - Highlights: • One pot synthesis of TGA capped hydrophilic FePt superparamagnetic nanoparticles. • Role of TGA molecules in the formation of FePt nanoparticles. • EDX reveals the equiatomic ratio of Fe and Pt atoms in FePt nanoparticles. • The HR-TEM exhibits spherical nanoparticles with a narrow size distribution. • High transverse relaxivity suggesting as potential MRI contrast agent.

  4. Preparation of Pt-GO composites with high-number-density Pt nanoparticles dispersed uniformly on GO nanosheets

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    Nanting Li; Shaochun Tang; Xiangkang Meng

    2016-01-01

    Pt–GO composites with high-number-density Pt nanoparticles dispersed uniformly on GO nanosheets were prepared using ethylene glycol as reducer at 180 °C. The nanoparticles had an average size of 12 nm with corners and edges on their surfaces. The composites had electrochemically active surface area of 31.7 m2 g ? 1 with a ratio (If/Ir ¼ 0.96) of the forward anodic peak current (If) to the reverse anodic peak current (Ir) in cyclic voltammetry curves, which is much higher than those of the reported Pt nano-dendrites/reduced graphene oxide composites.

  5. High Sensitive and Selective Sensing of Hydrogen Peroxide Released from Pheochromocytoma Cells Based on Pt-Au Bimetallic Nanoparticles Electrodeposited on Reduced Graphene Sheets

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    Guangxia Yu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study, a high sensitive and selective hydrogen peroxide (H2O2 sensor was successfully constructed with Pt-Au bimetallic nanoparticles (Pt-Au NPs/reduced graphene sheets (rGSs hybrid films. Various molar ratios of Au to Pt and different electrodeposition conditions were evaluated to control the morphology and electrocatalytic activity of the Pt-Au bimetallic nanoparticles. Upon optimal conditions, wide linear ranges from 1 µM to 1.78 mM and 1.78 mM to 16.8 mM were obtained, with a detection limit as low as 0.31 µM. Besides, due to the synergetic effects of the bimetallic NPs and rGSs, the amperometric H2O2 sensor could operate at a low potential of 0 V. Under this potential, not only common anodic interferences induced from ascorbic acid, uric acid and dopamine, but also the cathodic interference induced from endogenous O2 could be effectively avoided. Furthermore, with rat pheochromocytoma cells (PC 12 as model, the proposed sensor had been successfully used in the detection of H2O2 released from the cancer cells. This method with wide linear ranges and excellent selectivity can provide a promising alternative for H2O2 monitoring in vivo in the fields of physiology, pathology and diagnosis.

  6. High sensitive and selective sensing of hydrogen peroxide released from pheochromocytoma cells based on Pt-Au bimetallic nanoparticles electrodeposited on reduced graphene sheets.

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    Yu, Guangxia; Wu, Weixiang; Pan, Xiaoqi; Zhao, Qiang; Wei, Xiaoyun; Lu, Qing

    2015-01-26

    In this study, a high sensitive and selective hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) sensor was successfully constructed with Pt-Au bimetallic nanoparticles (Pt-Au NPs)/reduced graphene sheets (rGSs) hybrid films. Various molar ratios of Au to Pt and different electrodeposition conditions were evaluated to control the morphology and electrocatalytic activity of the Pt-Au bimetallic nanoparticles. Upon optimal conditions, wide linear ranges from 1 µM to 1.78 mM and 1.78 mM to 16.8 mM were obtained, with a detection limit as low as 0.31 µM. Besides, due to the synergetic effects of the bimetallic NPs and rGSs, the amperometric H2O2 sensor could operate at a low potential of 0 V. Under this potential, not only common anodic interferences induced from ascorbic acid, uric acid and dopamine, but also the cathodic interference induced from endogenous O2 could be effectively avoided. Furthermore, with rat pheochromocytoma cells (PC 12) as model, the proposed sensor had been successfully used in the detection of H2O2 released from the cancer cells. This method with wide linear ranges and excellent selectivity can provide a promising alternative for H2O2 monitoring in vivo in the fields of physiology, pathology and diagnosis.

  7. Dynamic equilibrium of endogenous selenium nanoparticles in selenite-exposed cancer cells: a deep insight into the interaction between endogenous SeNPs and proteins.

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    Bao, Peng; Chen, Song-Can; Xiao, Ke-Qing

    2015-12-01

    Elemental selenium (Se) was recently found to exist as endogenous nanoparticles (i.e., SeNPs) in selenite-exposed cancer cells. By sequestrating critical intracellular proteins, SeNPs appear capable of giving rise to multiple cytotoxicity mechanisms including inhibition of glycolysis, glycolysis-dependent mitochondrial dysfunction, microtubule depolymerization and inhibition of autophagy. In this work, we reveal a dynamic equilibrium of endogenous SeNP assembly and disassembly in selenite-exposed H157 cells. Endogenous SeNPs are observed both in the cytoplasm and in organelles. There is an increase in endogenous SeNPs between 24 h and 36 h, and a decrease between 36 h and 72 h according to transmission electron microscopy results and UV-Vis measurements. These observations imply that elemental Se in SeNPs could be oxidized back into selenite by scavenging superoxide radicals and ultimately re-reduced into selenide; then the assembly and disassembly of SeNPs proceed simultaneously with the sequestration and release of SeNP high-affinity proteins. There is also a possibility that the reduction of elemental Se to selenide pathway may lie in selenite-exposed cancer cells, which results in the assembly and disassembly of endogenous SeNPs. Genome-wide expression analysis results show that endogenous SeNPs significantly altered the expression of 504 genes, compared to the control. The endogenous SeNPs induced mitochondrial impairment and decreasing of the annexin A2 level can lead to inhibition of cancer cell invasion and migration. This dynamic flux of endogenous SeNPs amplifies their cytotoxic potential in cancer cells, thus provide a starting point to design more efficient intracellular self-assembling systems for overcoming multidrug resistance.

  8. Pt nanoparticles embedded on reduced graphite oxide with excellent electrocatalytic properties

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    Saravanan, Gengan, E-mail: saravanan3che@gmail.com [Central University of Tamil Nadu, Department of Chemistry, Thiruvarur, 610101 (India); Mohan, Subramanian, E-mail: sanjnamohan@yahoo.com [EMFT Division, CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Tamilnadu, Karaikudi 630 006 (India)

    2016-11-15

    Graphical abstract: RGO/Nano Pt: This study explore the electrocatalytic oxidation performance of reduced graphite oxide (RGO) anchored with nano Pt. This graphene composite reveal superior electrooxidation performance that is associated with the flexible RGO matrix and the uniform distribution of Pt particles, which enhances surface area, fast electron transfer, uniform particle size distribution; consequently, the RGO matrix provides more stability to Pt particles during electrooxidation process. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Greener electrochemical method applied to prepare well-dispersed Pt-rGO. • Pt-rGO large surface area excellent charge transfer better catalytic activity. • Low-cost highly efficient carbon-based electrodes for direct formic acid fuel cell. • rGO an excellent support to anchor Pt nanoparticles on its surface. • Pt-rGO distinctly enhanced current density towards formic acid electrooxidation. - Abstract: Economically viable electrochemical approach has been developed for the synthesis of Pt nanoparticles through electrodeposition technique on the surface of Reduced Graphite Oxide (RGO). Pt nanoparticles embedded Reduced Graphite Oxide on Glassy Carbon Electrode are employed (Pt-rGO/GCE) for electrooxidation of formic acid. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) image and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) image shows that reduced graphite oxide act as an excellent support to anchor the Pt nanoparticles. Cyclic voltammetry results confirmed that Pt-rGO/GCE enhanced current density as many folds than that of bare platinum electrode for electrooxidation of formic acid. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns for Pt-graphene composites illustrate that peaks at 69.15 and 23° for Pt (220) and graphene carbon (002) respectively. {sup 13}C NMR spectrum of the electrochemically reduced graphite oxide resonance contains only one peak at 133 ppm which retains graphitic sp{sup 2} carbon and does not contain any oxygenated carbon and the carbonyl

  9. Networks of connected Pt nanoparticles supported on carbon nanotubes as superior catalysts for methanol electrooxidation

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    Huang, Meihua; Zhang, Jianshuo; Wu, Chuxin; Guan, Lunhui

    2017-02-01

    The high cost and short lifetime of the Pt-based anode catalyst for methanol oxidation reaction (MOR) hamper the widespread commercialization of direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC). Therefore, improving the activity of Pt-based catalysts is necessary for their practical application. For the first time, we prepared networks of connected Pt nanoparticles supported on multi-walled carbon nanotubes with loading ratio as high as 91 wt% (Pt/MWCNTs). Thanks for the unique connected structure, the Pt mass activity of Pt/MWCNTs for methanol oxidation reaction is 4.4 times as active as that of the commercial Pt/C (20 wt%). When carbon support is considered, the total mass activity of Pt/MWCNTs is 20 times as active as that of the commercial Pt/C. The durability and anti-poisoning ability are also improved greatly.

  10. Synthesis of metal oxide nanoparticles (CuO and ZnO NPs) via biological template and their optical sensor applications

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    Maruthupandy, Muthuchamy; Zuo, Yong; Chen, Jing-Shuai; Song, Ji-Ming; Niu, He-Lin; Mao, Chang-Jie; Zhang, Sheng-Yi; Shen, Yu-Hua

    2017-03-01

    The present study is focused on employing Camellia japonica leaf extract as inductive and stabilizing agent to synthesis CuO and ZnO nanoparticles (NPs). The chemicals, such as (Cu(NO3)2·3H2O) and (Zn(NO3)2·6H2O) were converted into copper and zinc ions, respectively because of the different natural products present in the C. japonica leaf extract. The UV-vis spectra of CuO and ZnO NPs showed absorption peak at 290 nm and 301 nm, respectively. The XRD result revealed crystalline nature of the metal oxide NPs and the TEM images indicated that average sizes of the synthesized CuO and ZnO NPs were ∼17 nm and ∼20 nm, respectively. The FTIR spectra of C. japonica leaf extract showed the presence of organic groups, such as, sbnd OH, sbnd Csbnd N, and N-H, which would be responsible for forming CuO and ZnO NPs. The synthesized CuO and ZnO NPs were tested for the optical sensing of metal ions, viz. Li+ and Ag+ that illustrated excellent outcome and hence this method offers a novel lane for the synthesis of metal oxide NPs, which can be used as optical sensor for the detection of metal ions.

  11. The synthesis of Pt/Ag bimetallic nanoparticles using a successive solution plasma process.

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    Kim, Sung Min; Lee, Sang Yul; Lee, Min Hyung; Kim, Jung Wan

    2014-12-01

    A successive solution plasma process was developed for the synthesis of Pt/Ag bimetallic nanoparticles. Ag nanoparticles were made first by applying a high voltage of bipolar pulsed DC to anode and cathode electrodes composed of Ag rods. The solution containing Ag nanoparticles was discharged successively using Pt electrodes. The joule heating and electrolysis between electrodes generated vapors, and solution plasma was sustained due to progressive ionization and excitation in the vapor phase. The maximum current and voltage breakdown was observed at approximately 8.9 A and 900 V with an interval of 25 μs, which indicated that an intense solution plasma was sustained continuously. The Pt-on-Ag heterogeneous nanostructures formed, and finally, the Ag nanoparticles were completely covered by Pt nanoparticles after a discharge duration of 1,200 s.

  12. Self-Decoration of PtNi Alloy Nanoparticles on Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes for Highly Efficient Methanol Electro-Oxidation

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    Yu-Yan Zhou; Chang-Hai Liu; Jie Liu; Xin-Lei Cai; Ying Lu; Hui Zhang; Xu-Hui Sun; Sui-Dong Wang

    2016-01-01

    A simple one-pot method was developed to prepare PtNi alloy nanoparticles, which can be self-decorated on multiwalled carbon nanotubes in [BMIm][BF4] ionic liquid. The nanohybrids are targeting stable nanocatalysts for fuel cell applications. The sizes of the supported PtNi nanoparticles are uniform and as small as 1–2 nm. Pt-to-Ni ratio was controllable by simply selecting a PtNi alloy target. The alloy nanoparticles with Pt-to-Ni ratio of 1:1 show high catalytic activity and stability for methanol electro-oxidation. The performance is much higher compared with those of both Pt-only nanoparticles and commercial Pt/C catalyst. The electronic structure characterization on the PtNi nanoparticles demon-strates that the electrons are transferred from Ni to Pt, which can suppress the CO poisoning effect.

  13. Suspended Pt nanoparticles over TiO2 nanotubes for enhanced photocatalytic H2 evolution

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    Nguyen, Nhat Truong; Altomare, Marco; Schmuki, Patrik

    2016-01-01

    In the present work we introduce a technique to form a photocatalyst, based on Pt nanoparticles suspended over the mouth of TiO2 nanotubes. These structures are obtained by the decoration of the top end of highly ordered TiO2 nanotubes with a web of TiO2 nanofibrils, followed by sputter deposition of a minimum amount of Pt. A subsequent thermal dewetting step forms 3-6 nm-sized Pt nanoparticles along the nanofibrils. These structures, when compared to conventional Pt decoration techniques of TiO2 nanotubes, show a strongly enhanced photocatalytic H2 evolution efficiency.

  14. Enzyme-free electrochemical immunosensor based on methylene blue and the electro-oxidation of hydrazine on Pt nanoparticles.

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    Dutta, Gorachand; Nagarajan, Sureshbabu; Lapidus, Lisa J; Lillehoj, Peter B

    2017-06-15

    Enzyme-free electrochemical sensors enable rapid, high sensitivity measurements without the limitations associated with enzyme reporters. However, the performance of non-enzymatic electrochemical sensors tends to suffer from slow electrode kinetics and poor signal stability. We report a new enzyme-free electrochemical immunosensor based on a unique competitive detection scheme using methylene blue (MB), hydrazine and platinum nanoparticles (Pt NPs). This scheme is coupled with a robust immunosandwich format employing a MB-labelled detection antibody as a non-enzymatic reporter. In the presence of the target antigen, surface-immobilized MB consumes interfacial hydrazine thereby diminishing the electro-oxidation of hydrazine on Pt NPs. Thus, the concentration of the antigen is directly proportional to the reduction in the electrochemical signal. For proof-of-concept, this sensor was used to detect Plasmodium falciparum histidine-rich protein 2 (PfHRP2), an important malaria biomarker, in unadulterated human saliva samples. Chronocoulometric measurements showed that this platform exhibits pM-range sensitivity, high specificity and good reproducibility, making it well suited for many biosensing applications including noninvasive diagnostic testing.

  15. Synthesis of carbon-supported PtRh random alloy nanoparticles using electron beam irradiation reduction method

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    Matsuura, Yoshiyuki; Seino, Satoshi; Okazaki, Tomohisa; Akita, Tomoki; Nakagawa, Takashi; Yamamoto, Takao A.

    2016-05-01

    Bimetallic nanoparticle catalysts of PtRh supported on carbon were synthesized using an electron beam irradiation reduction method. The PtRh nanoparticle catalysts were composed of particles 2-3 nm in size, which were well dispersed on the surface of the carbon support nanoparticles. Analyses of X-ray diffraction and scanning transmission electron microscopy-energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy revealed that the PtRh nanoparticles have a randomly alloyed structure. The lattice constant of the PtRh nanoparticles showed good correlation with Vegard's law. These results are explained by the radiochemical formation process of the PtRh nanoparticles. Catalytic activities of PtRh/C nanoparticles for ethanol oxidation reaction were found to be higher than those obtained with Pt/C.

  16. Dispersion of Pt Nanoparticle-Doped Reduced Graphene Oxide Using Aniline as a Stabilizer

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    Hyoung-Joon Jin

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available In this study, a simple one-step method was developed to load small-sized Pt nanoparticles (3.1 ± 0.3 nm in large quantities (50 wt % on aniline-functionalized and reduced graphene oxide (r-fGO. In the process, an ethylene glycol solution and aniline-functionalized moiety play the roles of reducing agent and stabilizer for the Pt nanoparticles, respectively, without damaging the graphite structures of the r-fGO. The Pt nanoparticles loading on the surface of r-fGO with uniform dispersion have a great effect on the electrical conductivity.

  17. Shear instabilities in metallic nanoparticles: hydrogen-stabilized structure of Pt37 on carbon.

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    Wang, Lin-Lin; Johnson, D D

    2007-03-28

    Using density functional theory calculations, we have studied the morphology of a Pt37 nanoparticle supported on carbon with and without hydrogen (H) passivation that arises with postprocessing of nanoparticles before characterization. Upon heating in an anneal cycle, we find that without H (e.g., in a helium atmosphere or evacuation at high temperature), the morphology change of a truncated cuboctahedral Pt37 is driven by the shearing of (100) to (111) facets to lower the surface energy, a remnant shear instability that drives surface reconstruction in semi-infinite Pt(100). With H passivation from a postprocessing anneal, we show that the sheared structure automatically reverts to the observed truncated cuboctahedral structure and the average first nearest-neighbor Pt-Pt bond length increases by 3%, agreeing well with experiment. We explain the stabilization of the truncated cuboctahedral structure due to H passivation via adsorption energetics of hydrogen on Pt(100) and (111) facets, specifically, the preference for H adsorption at bridge sites on (100) facets, which should be considered in a realistic model for H adsorption on Pt nanoparticles. We find that dramatic morphological change of a nanoparticle can occur even with small changes to first-shell Pt-Pt coordination number. The implications of our findings when comparing to experimental data are discussed.

  18. The formation mechanism of bimetallic PtRu alloy nanoparticles in solvothermal synthesis.

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    Mi, Jian-Li; Nørby, Peter; Bremholm, Martin; Becker, Jacob; Iversen, Bo B

    2015-10-21

    An understanding of the nucleation and growth mechanism of bimetallic nanoparticles in solvothermal synthesis is important for further development of nanoparticles with tailored nanostructures and properties. Here the formation of PtRu alloy nanoparticles in a solvothermal synthesis using metal acetylacetonate salts as precursors and ethanol as both the solvent and reducing agent has been studied by in situ synchrotron radiation powder X-ray diffraction (SR-PXRD). Unlike the classical mechanism for the synthesis of monodisperse sols, the nucleation and growth processes of bimetallic PtRu nanoparticles occur simultaneously under solvothermal conditions. In the literature co-reduction of Pt and Ru is often assumed to be required to form PtRu bimetallic nanocrystals, but it is shown that monometallic Pt nanocrystals nucleate first and rapidly grow to an average size of 5 nm. Subsequently, the PtRu bimetallic alloy is formed in the second nucleation stage through a surface nucleation mechanism related to the reduction of Ru. The calculated average crystallite size of the resulting PtRu nanocrystals is smaller than that of the primary Pt nanocrystals due to the large disorder in the PtRu alloyed structure.

  19. High stability and reactivity of defective graphene-supported Fe{sub n}Pt{sub 13−n} (n = 1, 2, and 3) nanoparticles for oxygen reduction reaction: a theoretical study

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    Xu, Duo [Harbin Normal University, Key Laboratory for Photo/Electro Bandgap Materials, Ministry of Education (China); Tian, Yu [Harbin Normal University, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (China); Zhao, Jingxiang; Wang, Xuanzhang, E-mail: xzwang@126.com [Harbin Normal University, Key Laboratory for Photo/Electro Bandgap Materials, Ministry of Education (China)

    2015-01-15

    Recent experimental studies have shown that the FePt nanoparticles (NPs) assembled on graphene exhibit enhanced durability and catalytic activity for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) than Pt—only catalysts. In this work, we have performed density functional theory calculations to investigate the stability and reactivity of several Fe{sub n}Pt{sub 13−n} NPs deposited on defective graphene for ORR, where n is adopted as 0, 1, 2, and 3, respectively. The results indicate that the alloying between Fe and Pt can enhance the stability of NPs and promote their oxygen reduction activity. Moreover, the monovacancy site in the graphene can provide anchoring sites for these bimetallic NPs by forming strong metal–substrate interaction, ensuring their high stability. Importantly, the O{sub 2} adsorption on these composites is weakened in various ways, which is ascribed to the change in their averaged d-band center. Thus, these composites exhibit superior catalytic performance in ORR by providing a balance in the O{sub 2} binding strength that allows for enhanced turnover. Our results may be useful to unravel the high stability and reactivity of defective graphene-FePt NPs for ORR from a theoretical perspective.

  20. Nanoparticle cluster gas sensor: Pt activated SnO2 nanoparticles for NH3 detection with ultrahigh sensitivity.

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    Liu, Xu; Chen, Nan; Han, Bingqian; Xiao, Xuechun; Chen, Gang; Djerdj, Igor; Wang, Yude

    2015-09-28

    Pt activated SnO2 nanoparticle clusters were synthesized by a simple solvothermal method. The structure, morphology, chemical state and specific surface area were analyzed by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and N2-sorption studies, respectively. The SnO2 nanoparticle cluster matrix consists of tens of thousands of SnO2 nanoparticles with an ultra-small grain size estimated to be 3.0 nm. And there are abundant random-packed wormhole-like pores, caused by the inter-connection of the SnO2 nanoparticles, throughout each cluster. The platinum element is present in two forms including metal (Pt) and tetravalent metal oxide (PtO2) in the Pt activated SnO2 nanoparticle clusters. The as-synthesized pure and Pt activated SnO2 nanoparticle clusters were used to fabricate gas sensor devices. It was found that the gas response toward 500 ppm of ammonia was improved from 6.48 to 203.44 through the activation by Pt. And the results indicate that the sensor based on Pt activated SnO2 not only has ultrahigh sensitivity but also possesses good response-recovery properties, linear dependence, repeatability, selectivity and long-term stability, demonstrating the potential to use Pt activated SnO2 nanoparticle clusters as ammonia gas sensors. At the same time, the formation mechanisms of the unique nanoparticle clusters and highly enhanced sensitivity are also discussed.

  1. Effect of alginate on the aggregation kinetics of copper oxide nanoparticles (CuO NPs): bridging interaction and hetero-aggregation induced by Ca(2.).

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    Miao, Lingzhan; Wang, Chao; Hou, Jun; Wang, Peifang; Ao, Yanhui; Li, Yi; Lv, Bowen; Yang, Yangyang; You, Guoxiang; Xu, Yi

    2016-06-01

    The stability of CuO nanoparticles (NPs) is expected to play a key role in the environmental risk assessment of nanotoxicity in aquatic systems. In this study, the effect of alginate (model polysaccharides) on the stability of CuO NPs in various environmentally relevant ionic strength conditions was investigated by using time-resolved dynamic light scattering. Significant aggregation of CuO NPs was observed in the presence of both monovalent and divalent cations. The critical coagulation concentrations (CCC) were 54.5 and 2.9 mM for NaNO3 and Ca(NO3)2, respectively. The presence of alginate slowed nano-CuO aggregation rates over the entire NaNO3 concentration range due to the combined electrostatic and steric effect. High concentrations of Ca(2+) (>6 mM) resulted in stronger adsorption of alginate onto CuO NPs; however, enhanced aggregation of CuO NPs occurred simultaneously under the same conditions. Spectroscopic analysis revealed that the bridging interaction of alginate with Ca(2+) might be an important mechanism for the enhanced aggregation. Furthermore, significant coagulation of the alginate molecules was observed in solutions of high Ca(2+) concentrations, indicating a hetero-aggregation mechanism between the alginate-covered CuO NPs and the unabsorbed alginate. These results suggested a different aggregation mechanism of NPs might co-exist in aqueous systems enriched with natural organic matter, which should be taken into consideration in future studies. Graphical abstract Hetero-aggregation mechanism of CuO nanoparticles and alginate under high concentration of Ca(2.)

  2. Fabrication of sensitive enzymatic biosensor based on multi-layered reduced graphene oxide added PtAu nanoparticles-modified hybrid electrode

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    Hossain, Md Faruk; Park, Jae Y.

    2017-01-01

    A highly sensitive amperometric glucose sensor was developed by immobilization of glucose oxidase (GOx) onto multi-layer reduced graphene oxide (MRGO) sheets decorated with platinum and gold flower-like nanoparticles (PtAuNPs) modified Au substrate electrode. The fabricated MRGO/PtAuNPs modified hybrid electrode demonstrated high electrocatalytic activities toward oxidation of H2O2, to which it had a wide linear response that ranged from 0.5 to 8 mM (R2 = 0.997), and high sensitivity of 506.25 μA/mMcm2. Furthermore, glucose oxidase-chitosan composite and cationic polydiallyldimethylammonium chloride (PDDA) were assembled by a casting method on the surface of MRGO/PtAuNPs modified electrode. This as-fabricated hybrid biosensor electrode exhibited high electrocatalytic activity for the detection of glucose in PBS. It demonstrated good analytical properties in terms of a low detection limit of 1 μM (signal-to-noise ratio of 3), short response time (3 s), high sensitivity (17.85 μA/mMcm2), and a wide linear range (0.01–8 mM) for glucose sensing. These results reveal that the newly developed sensing electrode offers great promise for new type enzymatic biosensor applications. PMID:28333943

  3. Atomistic computer simulations of FePt nanoparticles. Thermodynamic and kinetic properties

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    Mueller, M.

    2007-12-20

    In the present dissertation, a hierarchical multiscale approach for modeling FePt nanoparticles by atomistic computer simulations is developed. By describing the interatomic interactions on different levels of sophistication, various time and length scales can be accessed. Methods range from static quantum-mechanic total-energy calculations of small periodic systems to simulations of whole particles over an extended time by using simple lattice Hamiltonians. By employing these methods, the energetic and thermodynamic stability of non-crystalline multiply twinned FePt nanoparticles is investigated. Subsequently, the thermodynamics of the order-disorder transition in FePt nanoparticles is analyzed, including the influence of particle size, composition and modified surface energies by different chemical surroundings. In order to identify processes that reduce or enhance the rate of transformation from the disordered to the ordered state, the kinetics of the ordering transition in FePt nanoparticles is finally investigated by assessing the contributions of surface and volume diffusion. (orig.)

  4. Novel route to synthesize Pt-Ws2 nanoparticles for electrochemical applications

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    Gochi-Ponce, Y. [Inst. Tecnologico de Oaxaca, Oaxaca (Mexico). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering; Research Center on Advanced Materials, Chihuahua, (Mexico). Dept. of Chemical Materials; Morales, D.; Arriaga, L.G. [Centro de Investigacion y Desarrollo Tecnologico en Electroquimica, Queretaro (Mexico); Chinas-Castillo, F. [Inst. Tecnologico de Oaxaca, Oaxaca (Mexico). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering; Alonso-Nunez, G. [Research Center on Advanced Materials, Chihuahua, (Mexico). Dept. of Chemical Materials; Centro de Investigacion y Desarrollo Tecnologico en Electroquimica, Queretaro (Mexico)

    2008-07-01

    This paper reported on a new and easier way to prepare platinum (Pt)-WS2 nanostructures supported on Vulcan carbon and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). The chemical synthesis included heat treatment. The study focused on the influence of exfoliated sulphide on Pt that modifies the catalytic properties and enhances the activity of pure Pt. The resulting material was characterized by X-ray Diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscopy and High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy. The material was compared to commercial Pt/C. Synthesized Pt-WS2 nanoparticles exhibited high dispersion on both supporting carbon materials. The study showed that the amount of platinum can be optimized to be lower when diluted or coordinated in the chalcogenic environment. This represents a good alternative to tailor new materials based essentially on non-noble metals for electrochemical applications. It was concluded that the WS2 modified Pt nanoparticles are a promising material for electrochemical applications. 7 refs., 4 figs.

  5. Efficient electrocatalytic oxidation of formic acid using Au@Pt dendrimer-encapsulated nanoparticles.

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    Iyyamperumal, Ravikumar; Zhang, Liang; Henkelman, Graeme; Crooks, Richard M

    2013-04-17

    We report electrocatalytic oxidation of formic acid using monometallic and bimetallic dendrimer-encapsulated nanoparticles (DENs). The results indicate that the Au147@Pt DENs exhibit better electrocatalytic activity and low CO formation. Theoretical calculations attribute the observed activity to the deformation of nanoparticle structure, slow dehydration of formic acid, and weak binding of CO on Au147@Pt surface. Subsequent experiments confirmed the theoretical predictions.

  6. Pure magnetic hard fct FePt nanoparticles: Chemical synthesis, structural and magnetic properties correlations

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    Suber, L., E-mail: lorenza.suber@ism.cnr.it [ISM-CNR, Area della Ricerca di Roma 1, Via Salaria km 29.300, 00015 Monterotondo Scalo, RM (Italy); Marchegiani, G. [ISM-CNR, Area della Ricerca di Roma 1, Via Salaria km 29.300, 00015 Monterotondo Scalo, RM (Italy); Olivetti, E.S.; Celegato, F.; Coïsson, M.; Tiberto, P. [INRIM, Electromagnetism Division, Strada delle Cacce 91, 10135 Torino (Italy); Allia, P. [DISAT Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Torino (Italy); Barrera, G. [Dipartimento di Chimica, Università di Torino, Via Pietro Giuria 7, 10125 Torino (Italy); Pilloni, L. [UTTMAT-CHI, Via Anguillarese 10, 00123 S. Maria di Galeria, Roma (Italy); Barba, L. [IC-CNR, Area Science Park, SS 14 Km 163.5 Basovizza, 34149 Trieste (Italy); Padella, F. [UTTMAT-CHI, Via Anguillarese 10, 00123 S. Maria di Galeria, Roma (Italy); Cossari, P. [IGAG-CNR, Area della Ricerca di Roma 1, Via Salaria km 29.300, 00015 Monterotondo Scalo, RM (Italy); Chiolerio, A. [Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Center for Space Human Robotics, Corso Trento 21, 10129 Torino (Italy)

    2014-03-01

    FePt nanoparticles, containing a near-equal atomic percentage of Fe and Pt, with a face centered tetragonal structure (fct), are challenging for potential applications in high performance permanent magnets and high density data storage. In this study, we report on the chemical synthesis, carried out both solvothermally and hydrothermally in autoclave reacting iron (III) acetylacetonate and platinum (II) acetylacetonate with tri- or tetra-ethylene glycol, these employed as solvents, reducers and particle surface protecting agents as well. In both methods, a subsequent thermal treatment at high temperatures is necessary to transform the magnetic soft face centered cubic (fcc) phase to the hard fct one. Organic low-weight molecules, generally used to protect the nanoparticle surface and avoid particle aggregation, are decomposed by the thermal treatment resulting in particle aggregation and coalescence phenomena; on the contrary, in this case, a polymer matrix is formed as particle protecting agent and, by thermally treating the hydrothermally prepared nanoparticles up to 750 °C for 1 h, the pure magnetic hard fct phase is obtained while preserving the nanostructure. A detailed study is carried out on FePt nanoparticle structure (fcc and fct phases) and correlated to the magnetic properties of the system. - Highlights: • fct FePt nanoparticles for hard magnetic nanotechnology applications. • Influence of synthesis parameters on the precursor fcc FePt nanoparticle structure. • Easy hydrothermal method for preparing pure fct FePt nanoparticles. • Monitoring the role of temperature and time on the FePt fcc–fct phase transformation. • Correlation between FePt nanoparticle structural and magnetic properties.

  7. Comparative study of ethanol oxidation at Pt: Based nanoalloys and UPD modified Pt nanoparticles

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    Tripković Amalija V.

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The activity of two alloys, Pt3Sn/C and Pt3Ru2/C, was compared with the activity of Pt/C modified with corresponding amounts of SnUPD (≈25 % and RuUPD (≈40 % in oxidation of ethanol. Pt3Sn/C, Pt3Ru2/C and Pt/C catalysts were characterized by XRD. To establish the activity and stability of the catalysts, potentiodynamic, quasi steady-state and chronoamperometric measurements were performed. Both alloys are more active than SnUPD or RuUPD modified Pt/C catalysts. Electronic effect determining dominantly the activity of Pt3Sn/C is the main reason for its higher activity compared to Pt3Ru2/C. Since SnUPD and RuUPD do not provoke any significant modification of electronic environment, both modified Pt/C catalysts are less active than corresponding alloys. More pronounced difference in activity between Pt3Sn/C and SnUPD modified Pt/C than between Pt3Ru2/C and RuUPD modified Pt/C is caused by electronic effect in Pt3Sn/C. High activity of Pt3Sn/C modified with small amount of SnUPD (≈10% can be explained by combining the electronic effect, causing less strongly bonded adsorbate on Pt sites and easier mobility of SnUPD, with enhanced amount of oxygen-containing species on Sn sites resulting finally in reinforcement of bifunctional mechanism.

  8. Electrodeposited Pt and Pt-Sn nanoparticles on Ti as anodes for direct methanol fuel cells

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    Hanaa B HASSAN

    2009-01-01

    Electro-oxidation of methanol was studied on titanium supported nanocrystallite Pt and Ptx-Sny catalysts prepared by electrodeposition techniques. Their electro-catalytic activities were studied in 0.5mol/L H2SO4 and compared to those of a smooth Pt, Pt/Pt and Pt-Sn/Pt electrodes. Platinum was deposited on Ti by galvanostatic and potentiostatic techniques. X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) techniques were applied in order to investigate the chemical composition and the phase structure of the modified electrodes. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to characterize the surface morphology and to correlate the results obtained from the two electrochemical deposition methods. Results show that modified Pt/Ti electrodes prepared by the two methods have comparable performance and enhanced catalytic activity towards methanol electro-oxidation compared to Pt/Pt and smooth Pt electrodes. Steady state Tafel plots experiments show a higher rate of methanol oxidation on a Pt/Ti catalyst than that on a smooth Pt. Introduction of a small amount of Sn deposited with Pt improves the catalytic activity and the stability of prepared electrode with time as indicated from the cyclic votlammetry and the chronoamperometric experiments. The effect of variations in the composition for binary catalysts of the type Ptx-Sny/Ti towards the methanol oxidation reaction is reported. Consequently, the Ptx-Sny/Ti (x∶y (8∶1), molar ratio) catalyst is a very promising one for methanol oxidation.

  9. Synthesis, characterization and in vitro study of biocompatible cinnamaldehyde functionalized magnetite nanoparticles (CPGF Nps for hyperthermia and drug delivery applications in breast cancer.

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    Kirtee D Wani

    Full Text Available Cinnamaldehyde, the bioactive component of the spice cinnamon, and its derivatives have been shown to possess anti-cancer activity against various cancer cell lines. However, its hydrophobic nature invites attention for efficient drug delivery systems that would enhance the bioavailability of cinnamaldehyde without affecting its bioactivity. Here, we report the synthesis of stable aqueous suspension of cinnamaldehyde tagged Fe3O4 nanoparticles capped with glycine and pluronic polymer (CPGF NPs for their potential application in drug delivery and hyperthermia in breast cancer. The monodispersed superparamagnetic NPs had an average particulate size of ∼ 20 nm. TGA data revealed the drug payload of ∼ 18%. Compared to the free cinnamaldehyde, CPGF NPs reduced the viability of breast cancer cell lines, MCF7 and MDAMB231, at lower doses of cinnamaldehyde suggesting its increased bioavailability and in turn its therapeutic efficacy in the cells. Interestingly, the NPs were non-toxic to the non-cancerous HEK293 and MCF10A cell lines compared to the free cinnamaldehyde. The novelty of CPGF nanoparticulate system was that it could induce cytotoxicity in both ER/PR positive/Her2 negative (MCF7 and ER/PR negative/Her2 negative (MDAMB231 breast cancer cells, the latter being insensitive to most of the chemotherapeutic drugs. The NPs decreased the growth of the breast cancer cells in a dose-dependent manner and altered their migration through reduction in MMP-2 expression. CPGF NPs also decreased the expression of VEGF, an important oncomarker of tumor angiogenesis. They induced apoptosis in breast cancer cells through loss of mitochondrial membrane potential and activation of caspase-3. Interestingly, upon exposure to the radiofrequency waves, the NPs heated up to 41.6 °C within 1 min, suggesting their promise as a magnetic hyperthermia agent. All these findings indicate that CPGF NPs prove to be potential nano-chemotherapeutic agents in breast cancer.

  10. Direct Synthesis and Size Selection of Ferromagnetic FePt Nanoparticles

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    Wellons, M.S. [Vanderbilt University; MorrisIII, William H [Vanderbilt University; Gai, Zheng [ORNL; Shen, Jian [ORNL; Bentley, James [ORNL; Wittig, J. E. [Vanderbilt University; Lukehart, C.M. [Vanderbilt University

    2007-01-01

    A one-step synthesis of L10 FePt nanoparticles ca. 17.0 nm in diameter by reductive decomposition of the single-source precursor, FePt(CO)4dppmBr2, on a water-soluble support (Na2CO3) is demonstrated. Direct conversion of a FePt(CO)4dppmBr2/Na2CO3 composite to a L10 FePt/Na2CO3 nanocomposite occurs at 600 C under getter gas with metal-ion reduction and minimal nanoparticle coalescence. Triturating the resulting nanocomposite with water simultaneously dissolves the sodium carbonate solid support and precipitates the formed fct FePt nanoparticles. As-prepared FePt nanoparticles are ferromagnetic and exhibit coercivities of 14.5 kOe at 300 K and 21.8 kOe at 5 K. When capped by functionalized methoxypoly(ethylene glycol) surfactant molecules, as-prepared, polydisperse ferromagnetic FePt nanoparticles can be dispersed and size-selected by fractional precipitation.

  11. PtRu colloid nanoparticles for CO oxidation in microfabricated reactors

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    Klerke, Asbjørn; Saadi, Souheil; Toftegaard, Maja Bøg

    2006-01-01

    The catalytic activity of PtRu colloid nanoparticles for CO oxidation is investigated in microfabricated reactors. The measured catalytic performance describes a volcano curve as a function of the Pt/Ru ratio. The apparent activation energies for the different alloy catalysts are between 21 and 117...

  12. Fuel cell electrocatalsis : oxygen reduction on Pt-based nanoparticle catalysts

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    Vliet, Dennis Franciscus van der

    2010-01-01

    The thesis contains a discussion on the subject of the Oxygen Reduction Reaction (ORR) on Pt-alloy nanoparticle catalysts in the Rotating Disk Electrode (RDE) method. An insight in some of the difficulties of this method is given with proper solutions and compensations for these problems. Pt3Co, Au-

  13. Magnetic properties of thermally reduced graphene oxide decorated with PtNi nanoparticles

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    Huízar-Félix, A.M. [Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, UANL, Facultad de Ingeniería Mecánica y Eléctrica, FIME, Ave. Pedro de Alba s/n, Ciudad Universitaria, C.P.66455 San Nicolás de los Garza, N.L. (Mexico); Departamento de Electricidad y Electrónica, Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU), 48940 Leioa (Spain); BC Materials, Basque Centre for Materials, Applications and Nanostructures, 48160 Derio (Spain); Cruz-Silva, R. [Research Center for Exotic NanoCarbon, Shinshu University, 4-17-1 Wakasato, Nagano 380-8553 (Japan); Barandiarán, J.M. [Departamento de Electricidad y Electrónica, Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU), 48940 Leioa (Spain); BC Materials, Basque Centre for Materials, Applications and Nanostructures, 48160 Derio (Spain); García-Gutiérrez, D.I. [Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, UANL, Facultad de Ingeniería Mecánica y Eléctrica, FIME, Ave. Pedro de Alba s/n, Ciudad Universitaria, C.P.66455 San Nicolás de los Garza, N.L. (Mexico); Orue, I. [SGIKER Medidas Magnéticas, Facultad de Ciencia y Tecnología, Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU), 48940 Leioa (Spain); and others

    2016-09-05

    Nanocomposites of reduced graphene oxide (RGO) with PtNi nanoparticles were obtained by in situ thermal reduction of a physical mixture of GO and metallic precursors. RGO and PtNiRGO nanocomposites were studied by differential thermal analysis and thermogravimetry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), as well as scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The method presented here is a one-step thermal reduction procedure that allows the deposition of bimetallic PtNi nanoparticles with tetragonal crystalline structure and particle size ranging from 3 nm to 30 nm on RGO. The magnetic properties of the RGO and PtNiRGO nanocomposites were measured by vibrating sample magnetometry, which revealed that the RGO exhibited diamagnetism at room temperature and paramagnetism at temperatures below 10 K. PtNiRGO nanocomposites show hysteresis and ferromagnetic ordering at room temperature with a Curie temperature of 658 K. In addition, its magnetic properties at low temperature were strongly influenced by the paramagnetic contribution of RGO and the morphology of the bimetallic nanoparticles. - Highlights: • Simultaneous synthesis method for growth of PtNi nanoparticles on RGO. • Microstructural features of PtNiRGO nanocomposite were studied with extensive characterization. • Diamagnetic behavior of RGO and ferromagnetic ordering for PtNiRGO nanocomposite.

  14. Finite frequency f-sum rule for assessment of number density of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and Kramers-Kronig relation for refractive index of colloidal gold.

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    Kontturi, Ville; Silfsten, Pertti; Peiponen, Kai-Erik

    2011-07-01

    Absorption spectra from colloids containing different concentrations of spherical gold nanoparticles in water were measured with a spectrophotometer. The absorption spectra were used to calculate the number density of nanoparticles (NPs) with the aid of an unconventional finite spectral band f-sum rule applied for gold colloid. Good correlation between the number density of dispersion electrons, obtained from the f-sum rule, and the number density of nanoparticles was found. The effective absolute refractive index of the gold colloid was obtained with the aid of a singly subtractive Kramers-Kronig relation, and in addition the refractive index change due to the nanoparticles was obtained with the aid of a conventional Kramers-Kronig relation. Such optical properties are valuable in studies of light interaction with nanoparticles.

  15. Silicide induced surface defects in FePt nanoparticle fcc-to-fct thermally activated phase transition

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    Chen, Shu; Lee, Stephen L. [School of Physics and Astronomy, SUPA, University of St Andrews, St Andrews KY16 9SS (United Kingdom); André, Pascal, E-mail: pjpandre@riken.jp [School of Physics and Astronomy, SUPA, University of St Andrews, St Andrews KY16 9SS (United Kingdom); RIKEN, Wako 351-0198 (Japan); Department of Physics, CNRS-Ewha International Research Center (CERC), Ewha W. University, Seoul 120-750 (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-11-01

    Magnetic nanoparticles (MnPs) are relevant to a wide range of applications including high density information storage and magnetic resonance imaging to name but a few. Among the materials available to prepare MnPs, FePt is attracting growing attention. However, to harvest the strongest magnetic properties of FePt MnPs, a thermal annealing is often required to convert face-centered cubic as synthesized nPs into its tetragonal phase. Rarely addressed are the potential side effects of such treatments on the magnetic properties. In this study, we focus on the impact of silica shells often used in strategies aiming at overcoming MnP coalescence during the thermal annealing. While we show that this shell does prevent sintering, and that fcc-to-fct conversion does occur, we also reveal the formation of silicide, which can prevent the stronger magnetic properties of fct-FePt MnPs from being fully realised. This report therefore sheds lights on poorly investigated and understood interfacial phenomena occurring during the thermal annealing of MnPs and, by doing so, also highlights the benefits of developing new strategies to avoid silicide formation.

  16. Factors influencing the charge distribution on Pd x Pt y bimetallic nanoparticles

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    Carlos M. Celis-Cornejo

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available We performed quantum mechanics calculations to elucidate the electronic behavior of Pd-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles, using density functional theory, in response to particle size and stoichiometric composition. Using neutrally charged nanoparticles and the Bader charge analysis, we found that external Pd atoms were positively charged, which agrees with previous XPS observations of supported Pd-Pt nanoparticles. From the calculations, unsupported nanoparticles exhibit an electron transfer from Pd to Pt. This result supports the idea that Pd electron-deficient species are possibly responsible of the hydrogenating function of these catalysts, in the hydrodesulfurization of dibenzothiophene. Additionally, it was found that the particle size does not affect the electronic charge distribution and the stoichiometric composition is the factor that greatly influences this property in nanoparticles.

  17. A Multimethod Approach for Investigating Algal Toxicity of Platinum Nanoparticles

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    Sørensen, Sara Nørgaard; Engelbrekt, Christian; Lützhøft, Hans-Christian Holten

    2016-01-01

    The ecotoxicity of platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs) widely used in for example automotive catalytic converters, is largely unknown. This study employs various characterization techniques and toxicity end points to investigate PtNP toxicity toward the green microalgae Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata...... and Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Growth rate inhibition occurred in standard ISO tests (EC50 values of 15–200 mg Pt/L), but also in a double-vial setup, separating cells from PtNPs, thus demonstrating shading as an important artifact for PtNP toxicity. Negligible membrane damage, but substantial oxidative stress...... was detected at 0.1–80 mg Pt/L in both algal species using flow cytometry. PtNPs caused growth rate inhibition and oxidative stress in P. subcapitata, beyond what was accounted for by dissolved Pt, indicating NP-specific toxicity of PtNPs. Overall, P. subcapitata was found to be more sensitive toward Pt...

  18. Synthesis of silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) for anticancer activities (MCF 7 breast and A549 lung cell lines) of the crude extract of Syzygium aromaticum.

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    Venugopal, K; Rather, H A; Rajagopal, K; Shanthi, M P; Sheriff, K; Illiyas, M; Rather, R A; Manikandan, E; Uvarajan, S; Bhaskar, M; Maaza, M

    2017-02-01

    In the present report, silver nanoparticles were synthesized using Piper nigrum extract for in vitro cytotoxicity efficacy against MCF-7 and HEP-2 cells. The silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were formed within 20min and after preliminarily confirmation by UV-Visible spectroscopy (strong peak observed at ~441nm), they were characterized by using FT-IR and HR-TEM. The TEM images show spherical shape of biosynthesized AgNPs with particle size in the range 5-40nm while as compositional analysis were observed by EDAX. MTT assays were carried out for cytotoxicity of various concentrations of biosynthesized silver nanoparticles and Piper nigrum extract ranging from 10 to 100μg. The biosynthesized silver nanoparticles showed a significant anticancer activity against both MCF-7 and Hep-2 cells compared to Piper nigrum extract which was dose dependent. Our study thus revealed an excellent application of greenly synthesized silver nanoparticles using Piper nigrum. The study further suggested the potential therapeutic use of these nanoparticles in cancer study. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  19. Wet-chemical synthesis and properties of CoPt and CoPt3 alloy nanoparticles.

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    Frommen, Christoph; Rösner, Harald; Fenske, Dieter

    2002-10-01

    Surface-protected, air-stable nanoparticles of CoPt and CoPt3 were prepared by thermal decomposition/reduction of organometallic precursors with a long-chain aliphatic diol, also known as the polyol process. Particles 3 nm in diameter showed ferromagnetic behavior up to 350 K (Hc = 65 Oe at T = 300 K; Hc = 410 Oe at T = 5K) and underwent a disordering-ordering phase transformation after annealing that resulted in an increase in coercivity (Hc = 170 Oe at T = 300 K; Hc = 2000 Oe at T = 5 K).

  20. Si microwire array photoelectrochemical cells: Stabilized and improved performances with surface modification of Pt nanoparticles and TiO2 ultrathin film

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    Yan, Jimu; Wu, Shaolong; Zhai, Xiongfei; Gao, Xiang; Li, Xiaofeng

    2017-02-01

    To achieve the semiconductor photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells targeting the industry applications with commercial competitiveness, high efficiency and good stability are requisite properties. To improve the PEC response, the vertically-aligned silicon microwire arrays (SiMWAs) modified with isolated Pt nanoparticles (PtNPs) and conformal TiO2 ultrathin film (TiO2/Pt@SiMWAs) are fabricated and examined in this study. The modified system shows the significantly enhanced responses and operation stability, that is, an enhancement of ∼30.0% in saturation photocurrent density (Jsat), a cathodic shift of ∼0.85 V (relative to the bare SiMWAs) in applied potential for Jsat, and an attenuation ratio of the photocurrent <1.5% during 1800-sec-continuous operation in an aqueous electrolyte. The underlying mechanisms are attributed to: (1) PtNPs concentrate the incident photons, promote the photo-carrier separation, and catalyze the chemical reaction at the photoelectrode-electrolyte interfaces; (2) conformal TiO2 ultrathin film protects the SiMWAs from photo-oxidation/corrosion as well as suppresses the surface recombination. Our results indicate a feasible route for the practical applications of oxidizable and corrodible semiconductor micro-/nanostructures in the fields of PEC solar cells, water splitting, photodegradation, and so on.

  1. Anthelmintic Effect of Biocompatible Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles (ZnO NPs on Gigantocotyle explanatum, a Neglected Parasite of Indian Water Buffalo.

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    Yasir Akhtar Khan

    Full Text Available Helminth parasites of veterinary importance cause huge revenue losses to agrarian economy worldwide. With the emergence of drug resistance against the current formulations, there is a need to focus on the alternative approaches in order to control this menace. In the present study, biocompatible zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs were used to see their in vitro effect on the biliary amphistomes, Gigantocotyle explanatum, infecting Bubalus bubalis because these nanoparticles are involved in generation of free radicals that induce oxidative stress, resulting in disruption of cellular machinery. The ZnO NPs were synthesized by using egg albumin as a biotemplate and subsequently characterized by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM, Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM, X-ray Diffraction and Spectrophotometrical, which showed that ZnO NPs were highly purified wurtzite type polycrystals, with a mean size of 16.7 nm. When the parasites were treated with lower concentrations (0.004% and 0.008% of the ZnO NPs, the worms mounted a protective response by stimulating the antioxidant system but the treatment of G. explanatum with 0.012% ZnO NPs produced significant inhibition of the antioxidant enzymes like superoxide dismutase (SOD (p< 0.05 and glutathione S- transferase (GST (p<0.01, while the level of malondialdehyde (MDA, a lipid peroxidation marker, was significantly (p< 0.01 elevated. SEM and histopathology revealed pronounced tegumental damage showing the disruption of surface papillae and the annulations, particularly in the posterior region near acetabulum. The under expression of a number of polypeptides, loss of worm motility in a time dependent manner, further reflect strong anthelmintic potential of ZnO NPs. It can be concluded that the anthelmintic effect might be due to the production of reactive oxygen species that target a variety of macromolecules such as nucleic acid, protein and lipids which are involved in different cellular processes.

  2. Synthesis of PtNi Alloy Nanoparticles on Graphene-Based Polymer Nanohybrids for Electrocatalytic Oxidation of Methanol

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    Tung-Yuan Yung

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available We have successfully produced bimetallic PtNi alloy nanoparticles on poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride (PDDA-modified graphene nanosheets (PtNi/PDDA-G by the “one-pot” hydrothermal method. The size of PtNi alloy nanoparticles is approximately 2–5 nm. The PDDA-modified graphene nanosheets (PDDA-G provides an anchored site for metal precursors; hence, the PtNi nanoparticles could be easily bond on the PDDA-G substrate. PtNi alloy nanoparticles (2–5 nm display a homogenous alloy phase embedded on the PDDA-G substrate, evaluated by Raman, X-ray diffractometer (XRD, thermal gravity analysis (TGA, electron surface chemical analysis (ESCA, and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS. The Pt/Ni ratio of PtNi alloy nanoparticles is ~1.7, examined by the energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS spectra of transmitting electron microscopy (EDS/TEM spectra and mapping technique. The methanol electro-oxidation of PtNi/PDDA-G was evaluated by cyclic voltammetry (CV in 0.5 M of H2SO4 and 0.5 M of CH3OH. Compared to Pt on carbon nanoparticles (Pt/C and Pt on Graphene (Pt/G, the PtNi/PDDA-G exhibits the optimal electrochemical surface area (ECSA, methanol oxidation reaction (MOR activity, and durability by chrono amperometry (CA test, which can be a candidate for MOR in the electro-catalysis of direct methanol fuel cells (DMFC.

  3. Surface composition tuning of Au-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles for enhanced carbon monoxide and methanol electro-oxidation.

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    Suntivich, Jin; Xu, Zhichuan; Carlton, Christopher E; Kim, Junhyung; Han, Binghong; Lee, Seung Woo; Bonnet, Nicéphore; Marzari, Nicola; Allard, Lawrence F; Gasteiger, Hubert A; Hamad-Schifferli, Kimberly; Shao-Horn, Yang

    2013-05-29

    The ability to direct bimetallic nanoparticles to express desirable surface composition is a crucial step toward effective heterogeneous catalysis, sensing, and bionanotechnology applications. Here we report surface composition tuning of bimetallic Au-Pt electrocatalysts for carbon monoxide and methanol oxidation reactions. We establish a direct correlation between the surface composition of Au-Pt nanoparticles and their catalytic activities. We find that the intrinsic activities of Au-Pt nanoparticles with the same bulk composition of Au0.5Pt0.5 can be enhanced by orders of magnitude by simply controlling the surface composition. We attribute this enhancement to the weakened CO binding on Pt in discrete Pt or Pt-rich clusters surrounded by surface Au atoms. Our finding demonstrates the importance of surface composition control at the nanoscale in harnessing the true electrocatalytic potential of bimetallic nanoparticles and opens up strategies for the development of highly active bimetallic nanoparticles for electrochemical energy conversion.

  4. Does Physical Production of Nanoparticles Reduce Their Ecotoxicity? A Case of Lower Toxicity of AgNPs Produced by Laser Ablation to Zebrafish (Danio rerio

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    Seyed Ali Johari

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Use of nano-materials has increased in various aspects of human life. However, possible outbreak of nano-materials toxicity in humans and other organisms is one of the future challenges. Different chemical precursors which are used in chemical approaches for production of nano-materials may have secondary and sometimes toxic effects in living organisms. These secondary effects may be reduced in physical approaches due to not use of chemicals. To test this hypothesis, acute toxic effects of two types of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs which were produced by physical (top-down and chemical (bottom-up methods on survival rate of Zebrafish (Danio rerio were compared. According to the results, AgNPs produced by physical method were 38 times less toxic than ones generated by chemical method and therefore, the hypothesis was approved. The estimated 96 hr LC50 values of AgNPs produced by physical and chemical methods for zebra fish were 0.540 ± 0.032 and 0.014 ± 0.001 mg/L, respectively. According to these values and regarding the rules of European Union, both types of AgNPs are considered as highly toxic chemicals to aquatic organisms. Generally, AgNPs seems to have toxic effects on aquatic organisms regardless of the method used for their production, and so, their accidental or intentional entrance into the aquatic ecosystems should be inhibited.

  5. Photoconversion of 4-nitrophenol in the presence of hydrazine with AgNPs-TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles prepared by the sol–gel method

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    Hernández-Gordillo, Agileo, E-mail: agileo12@hotmail.com [División de Materiales Avanzados, Instituto Potosino de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica, Camino a la Presa San José 2055 Col. Lomas 4a. sección, C.P. 78216 San Luis Potosí, SLP, México (Mexico); CIIEMAD, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Calle 30 de Junio de 1520 s/n, Barrio la Laguna Ticomán, C.P. 07340, Del. Gustavo A. Madero, DF, México (Mexico); Arroyo, Missael [División de Materiales Avanzados, Instituto Potosino de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica, Camino a la Presa San José 2055 Col. Lomas 4a. sección, C.P. 78216 San Luis Potosí, SLP, México (Mexico); Zanella, R. [Centro de Ciencias Aplicadas y Desarrollo Tecnológico, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Circuito Exterior S/N, Ciudad Universitaria, A.P. 70-186, Delegación Coyoacán, C.P. 04510 México, DF, México (Mexico); and others

    2014-03-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • AgNPs are well dispersed on TiO{sub 2} semiconductor surface. • TiO{sub 2} with 1.5 wt% of Ag{sup 0} is the most photoactive for the 4-nitrophenol conversion. • High conversion of 4-nitrofenol to 4-aminophenol was achieved with hydrazine. • Enhanced photoactivity of Ag-TiO{sub 2} is associated with the ability to oxidize hydrazine. - Abstract: The photocatalytic properties of functionalized TiO{sub 2} with silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) for the conversion of 4-nitrophenol to 4-aminophenol in the presence of hydrazine were investigated. The TiO{sub 2} semiconductor synthesized by the sol–gel method was functionalized with AgNPs at different loadings, and their structural and optical properties were characterized by several techniques. The functionalized TiO{sub 2} with 1.5 wt% AgNPs presented the highest photocatalytic activity for the conversion of 4-nitrophenol with appropriate hydrazine concentrations (0.5 M). The photoefficiency enhancement under UV light irradiation was attributed to the electron transfer from the TiO{sub 2} semiconductor surface to the adsorbed acceptor reactant (4-nitrophenol) through the deposited AgNPs.

  6. Improved nonlinear optical and optical limiting properties in non-covalent functionalized reduced graphene oxide/silver nanoparticle (NF-RGO/Ag-NPs) hybrid

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    Sakho, El hadji Mamour; Oluwafemi, Oluwatobi S.; Sreekanth, P.; Philip, Reji; Thomas, Sabu; Kalarikkal, Nandakumar

    2016-08-01

    Nonlinear optical (NLO) response under near infrared (800 nm) and visible (532 nm) laser excitations, of 100 fs (fs) and 5 ns (ns) pulse durations respectively, of reduced graphene oxide (RGO), non-covalent functionalized reduced graphene oxide (NF-RGO) and NF-RGO decorated with various concentration of silver nanoparticles (NF-RGO/Ag-NPs) have been investigated using the Open-aperture Z-Scan technique. For both femtosecond and nanosecond laser excitations, the studied graphene-based materials exhibit good nonlinear optical power limiting properties (OL), with NF-RGO/Ag-NPs sample prepared with 0.1 M AgNO3 showing the best nonlinear optical properties. For the ns regime, the optical limiting threshold decreased from 8.3 J/cm2 in NF-RGO to 4.3 J/cm2 in NF-RGO/Ag-NPs, while at fs regime, the nonlinear absorption coefficient (β) was found to increase with decrease in concentration of Ag-NPs in the hybrid. Two-photon absorption (2 PA) in combination with saturable absorption (SA) in femtosecond regime, and reverse saturable absorption (RSA) along with saturable absorption (SA) in the nanosecond regime, are responsible for the observed nonlinear optical absorption (NLA) behavior in these materials. These findings show that the as-synthesized NF-RGO/Ag-NPs hybrid is a relatively better material for nonlinear optical limiting applications.

  7. Synthesis of Pt-Sn core-shell nanoparticles deposited on SBA-15 modified

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    Alvarez-Contreras, L.; Alonso-Lemus, I. [Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados S.C., Laboratorio Nacional de Nanotecnologia (Mexico); Botte, G. G. [Ohio University, Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (United States); Verde-Gomez, Y., E-mail: ysmaelverde@yahoo.com [Instituto Tecnologico de Cancun (Mexico)

    2013-07-15

    A novel one-step synthesis method to prepare Pt-Sn bimetallic nanoparticles supported on mesoporous silica with high surface area (SBA-15, 700 m{sup 2}/g) and narrow pore size distribution (around 9.5 nm) was developed. Tin incorporation plays an important dual role, to create active sites into the silica walls that serve as particles anchors center, and to grow Pt-Sn core-shell nanoparticles. High-resolution transmission and scanning electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction pattern confirm the formation of the Pt-Sn core-shell type nanoparticles ( Almost-Equal-To 1-10 nm). The metal loading was 2.2 and 2.3 wt% for Pt and Sn, respectively. Electron microscopy results show that the metal nanoparticles were deposited not only on the matrix, but also inside of it. Structural, textural, and morphological features of the SBA-15 were slightly affected after the nanoparticles deposition, maintaining its high surface area. The results obtained suggest that Pt-Sn on SBA-15 could be attractive material for several catalytic applications, due to the narrow particle size distribution achieved (from 1 to 10 nm) the high dispersion on the support, as well as the Pt-Sn alloy developed.Graphical Abstract.

  8. Effect of metal support interaction on surface segregation in Pd Pt nanoparticles

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    De Sarkar, A.; Menon, Mahesh; Khanra, Badal C.

    2001-10-01

    In this work, we present the results of our Monte Carlo (MC) simulation studies for the segregation behavior of supported, clean and gas-covered Pd-Pt nanoparticles as a function of the metal-support interaction. For preferential Pd-support interaction, the base of the nanoparticle is found to get enriched with Pd atoms; while for preferential interaction of Pt atoms with the support the base gets enriched in Pt. The composition of the rest of the particle changes slightly with the metal-support interaction. The presence of oxygen and hydrogen atoms does not influence the role of the metal-support interaction on the surface composition of Pd-Pt nanoparticles. The simulation results are found to be in total agreement with the known experimental results.

  9. Biogenic Pt uptake and nanoparticle formation in Medicago sativa and Brassica juncea

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    Bali, Roza; Siegele, Rainer; Harris, Andrew T.

    2010-10-01

    The ability of the facultative metallophyte plants, Medicago sativa ( M. sativa) and Brassica juncea ( B. juncea) to accumulate and translocate platinum (Pt) from aqueous substrates is reported. The influence of Pt concentration in the substrate (5, 10, 20, 40 and 80 ppm), exposure time (24, 48 and 72 h) and substrate pH (2, 3, 5, 7 and 9) was determined. In both plants the concentration of Pt increased with substrate concentration and exposure time. Greater accumulation was detected in the roots of M. sativa than B. juncea, up to a maximum of 94.19 mg Pt g-1 (dry biomass) compared with 38.5 mg Pt g-1 (dry biomass) following exposure to 80 ppm Pt after 72 h exposure, respectively. However, at lower substrate concentrations (5 and 20 ppm) greater quantities of Pt were detected in the shoots of B. juncea, ranging between 0.02 and 0.32 mg Pt g-1 (dry biomass) at 5 ppm across the different time intervals studied, compared with 0.02-0.14 mg Pt g-1 (dry biomass) for M. sativa, suggesting B. juncea to be a better translocator of Pt under idealised conditions at low concentrations. Higher Pt uptake was also observed in acidic media, with a maximum at pH 2 for M. sativa and pH 3 for B. juncea, indicating the role of net surface charge on the bioaccumulation of Pt. Once sequestered Pt(II) was reduced to Pt(0) due to the action of local metabolites. TEM images of M. sativa root samples showed the in vivo formation of Pt nanoparticles between 3 and 100 nm in size and of varying morphologies in the epidermal root cells. In vivo Pt distribution profiles were assessed using proton induced X-ray emission (μ-PIXE) spectroscopy, which showed even distribution across all tissue systems (epidermal, cortical and vascular) within the roots of both M. sativa and B. juncea.

  10. Nanoparticle cluster gas sensor: Pt activated SnO2 nanoparticles for NH3 detection with ultrahigh sensitivity

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    Liu, Xu; Chen, Nan; Han, Bingqian; Xiao, Xuechun; Chen, Gang; Djerdj, Igor; Wang, Yude

    2015-09-01

    Pt activated SnO2 nanoparticle clusters were synthesized by a simple solvothermal method. The structure, morphology, chemical state and specific surface area were analyzed by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and N2-sorption studies, respectively. The SnO2 nanoparticle cluster matrix consists of tens of thousands of SnO2 nanoparticles with an ultra-small grain size estimated to be 3.0 nm. And there are abundant random-packed wormhole-like pores, caused by the inter-connection of the SnO2 nanoparticles, throughout each cluster. The platinum element is present in two forms including metal (Pt) and tetravalent metal oxide (PtO2) in the Pt activated SnO2 nanoparticle clusters. The as-synthesized pure and Pt activated SnO2 nanoparticle clusters were used to fabricate gas sensor devices. It was found that the gas response toward 500 ppm of ammonia was improved from 6.48 to 203.44 through the activation by Pt. And the results indicate that the sensor based on Pt activated SnO2 not only has ultrahigh sensitivity but also possesses good response-recovery properties, linear dependence, repeatability, selectivity and long-term stability, demonstrating the potential to use Pt activated SnO2 nanoparticle clusters as ammonia gas sensors. At the same time, the formation mechanisms of the unique nanoparticle clusters and highly enhanced sensitivity are also discussed.Pt activated SnO2 nanoparticle clusters were synthesized by a simple solvothermal method. The structure, morphology, chemical state and specific surface area were analyzed by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and N2-sorption studies, respectively. The SnO2 nanoparticle cluster matrix consists of tens of thousands of SnO2 nanoparticles with an ultra-small grain size estimated to be 3.0 nm. And there are abundant random-packed wormhole-like pores, caused by the inter

  11. Soft Landing of Bare PtRu Nanoparticles for Electrochemical Reduction of Oxygen

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    Johnson, Grant E.; Colby, Robert J.; Engelhard, Mark H.; Moon, DaeWon; Laskin, Julia

    2015-08-07

    Magnetron sputtering of two independent Pt and Ru targets coupled with inert gas aggregation in a modified commercial source has been combined with soft landing of mass-selected ions to prepare bare 4.5 nm diameter PtRu alloy nanoparticles on glassy carbon electrodes with controlled size and morphology for electrochemical reduction of oxygen in solution. Employing atomic force microscopy (AFM) it is shown that the nanoparticles bind randomly to the glassy carbon electrode at a relatively low coverage of 7 x 104 ions µm-2 and that their average height is centered at 4 nm. Scanning transmission electron microscopy images obtained in the high-angle annular dark field mode (STEM-HAADF) further confirm that the soft-landed PtRu alloy nanoparticles are uniform in size and have a Ru core decorated with small regions of Pt on the surface. Wide-area scans of the electrodes using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) reveal the presence of both Pt and Ru in relative atomic concentrations of ~9% and ~33%, respectively. Deconvolution of the high energy resolution XPS spectra in the Pt4f and Ru3d regions indicates the presence of both oxidized Pt and Ru. The substantially higher loading of Ru compared to Pt and enrichment of Pt at the surface of the alloy nanoparticles is confirmed by wide-area analysis of the electrodes using time-of-flight medium energy ion scattering (TOF-MEIS) employing both 80 keV He+ and O+ ions. The activity of electrodes containing 7 x 104 ions µm-2 of bare 4.5 nm PtRu nanoparticles toward the electrochemical reduction of oxygen was evaluated employing cyclic voltammetry (CV) in 0.1 M HClO4 and 0.5 M H2SO4 solutions. In both electrolytes a pronounced reduction peak was observed during O2 purging of the solution that was not evident during purging with Ar. Repeated electrochemical cycling of the electrodes revealed little evolution in the shape or position of the voltammograms indicating high stability of the alloy nanoparticles supported on glassy

  12. Synthesis of cubic PtPd alloy nanoparticles as anode electrocatalysts for methanol and formic acid oxidation reactions.

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    Lee, Jin-Yeon; Kwak, Da-Hee; Lee, Young-Woo; Lee, Seul; Park, Kyung-Won

    2015-04-14

    The electrocatalytic properties for electro-oxidation reactions of shape-controlled Pt-based catalysts have been improved by alloying with 2nd elements. In this study, we demonstrate cubic PtPd alloy nanoparticles synthesized using a thermal decomposition method. The cubic PtPd nanoparticles exhibit a homogeneous distribution of alloy nanostructures in the presence of Pt and Pd metallic phases. The improved electrocatalytic activity for the electro-oxidation reactions of methanol and formic acid as chemical fuels might be attributed to the cubic alloy nanostructures. Furthermore, the cubic PtPd alloy nanoparticles as electrocatalysts exhibit excellent stability for electro-oxidation reactions.

  13. In Situ Generation of Two-Dimensional Au–Pt Core–Shell Nanoparticle Assemblies

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    Khalid Madiha

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Two-dimensional assemblies of Au–Pt bimetallic nanoparticles are generated in situ on polyethyleneimmine (PEI silane functionalized silicon and indium tin oxide (ITO coated glass surfaces. Atomic force microscopy (AFM, UV–Visible spectroscopy, and electrochemical measurements reveal the formation of core–shell structure with Au as core and Pt as shell. The core–shell structure is further supported by comparing with the corresponding data of Au nanoparticle assemblies. Static contact angle measurements with water show an increase in hydrophilic character due to bimetallic nanoparticle generation on different surfaces. It is further observed that these Au–Pt core–shell bimetallic nanoparticle assemblies are catalytically active towards methanol electro-oxidation, which is the key reaction for direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs.

  14. Enhanced catalytic performance for methane combustion of 3DOM CoFe2O4 by co-loading MnOx and Pd-Pt alloy nanoparticles

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    Li, Xiangyu; Liu, Yuxi; Deng, Jiguang; Xie, Shaohua; Zhao, Xingtian; Zhang, Yang; Zhang, Kunfeng; Arandiyan, Hamidreza; Guo, Guangsheng; Dai, Hongxing

    2017-05-01

    Three-dimensionally ordered macroporous (3DOM) CoFe2O4, zMnOx/3DOM CoFe2O4 (z = 4.99-12.30 wt%), and yPd-Pt/6.70 wt% MnOx/3DOM CoFe2O4 (y = 0.44-1.81 wt%; Pd/Pt molar ratio = 2.1-2.2) have been prepared using the polymethyl methacrylate microspheres-templating, incipient wetness impregnation, and bubble-assisted polyvinyl alcohol-protected reduction strategies, respectively. All of the samples were characterized by means of various techniques. Catalytic performance of the samples was measured for methane combustion. It is shown that the as-prepared samples exhibited a high-quality 3DOM structure (103 ± 20 nm in pore size) and a surface area of 19-28 m2/g, and the noble metal or alloy nanoparticles (NPs) with a size of 2.2-3.0 nm were uniformly dispersed on the macropore wall surface of 3DOM CoFe2O4. The loading of MnOx on CoFe2O4 gave rise to a slight increase in activity, however, the dispersion of Pd-Pt NPs on 6.70MnOx/3DOM CoFe2O4 significantly enhanced the catalytic performance, with the 1.81Pd2.1Pt/6.70MnOx/3DOM CoFe2O4 sample showing the highest activity (T10% = 255 °C, T50% = 301 °C, and T90% = 372 °C at a space velocity of 20,000 mL/(g h)). We believe that the excellent catalytic activity of 1.81Pd2.1Pt/6.70MnOx/3DOM CoFe2O4 was related to its well-dispersed Pd-Pt alloy NPs, high adsorbed oxygen species concentration, good low-temperature reducibility, and strong interaction between MnOx or Pd-Pt NPs and 3DOM CoFe2O4.

  15. Shape-controlled synthesis of Pt-Pd core-shell nanoparticles exhibiting polyhedral morphologies by modified polyol method

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    Long, Nguyen Viet, E-mail: nguyenviet_long@yahoo.com [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Gokiso-cho, Showa-ku, Nagoya 466-8555 (Japan); Posts and Telecommunications Institute of Technology, Nguyen Trai, Hanoi (Viet Nam); Asaka, Toru; Matsubara, Takashi [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Gokiso-cho, Showa-ku, Nagoya 466-8555 (Japan); Nogami, Masayuki, E-mail: nogami@nitech.ac.jp [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Gokiso-cho, Showa-ku, Nagoya 466-8555 (Japan)

    2011-04-15

    Pt-Pd core-shell nanoparticles were synthesized by a simple synthetic method. First, Pt nanoparticles were synthesized in a controlled manner via the reduction of chloroplantinic acid hexahydrate in ethylene glycol (EG) at 160 deg. C in the presence of silver nitrate and the stabilization of polyvinylpyrrolidon. AgNO{sub 3} used acts as a structure-modifying agent to the morphology of the Pt nanoparticles. These Pt nanoparticles function as the seeds for the successive reduction of sodium tetrachloropalladate (II) hydrate in EG under stirring for 15 min at 160 deg. C in order to synthesize Pt-Pd core-shell nanoparticles. To characterize the as-prepared Pt-Pd nanoparticles, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high-resolution TEM are used. The high-resolution elemental mappings were carried out using the combination of scanning TEM and X-ray energy-dispersive spectroscopy. The results also demonstrate the homogeneous nucleation and growth of the Pd metal shell on the definite Pt core. The synthesized Pt-Pd core-shell nanoparticles exhibit a sharp and polyhedral morphology. The epitaxial growth of the controlled Pd shells on the Pt cores via a polyol method was observed. It is suggested that Frank-van der Merwe and Stranski-Krastanov growth modes coexisted in the nucleation and growth of Pt-Pd core-shell nanoparticles.

  16. Stellated Ag-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles: An effective platform for catalytic activity tuning

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    Liu, Hui; Ye, Feng; Yao, Qiaofeng; Cao, Hongbin; Xie, Jianping; Lee, Jim Yang; Yang, Jun

    2014-01-01

    The usefulness of Pt-based nanomaterials for catalysis can be greatly enhanced by coupling morphology engineering to the strategic presence of a second or even third metal. Here we demonstrate the design and preparation of stellated Ag-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles where significant activity difference between the methanol oxidation reaction (MOR) and the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) may be realized by relegating Ag to the core or by hollowing out the core. In particular the stellated Pt surface, with an abundance of steps, edges, corner atoms, and {111} facets, is highly effective for the ORR but is ineffective for MOR. MOR activity is only observed in the presence of a Ag core through electronic coupling to the stellated Pt shell. The bimetallic Ag-Pt stellates therefore demonstrate the feasibility of tuning a Pt surface for two very different structure sensitive catalytic reactions. Stellated bimetallics may therefore be an effective platform for highly tunable catalyst designs. PMID:24495979

  17. Interfacial Engineering of Bimetallic Ag/Pt Nanoparticles on Reduced Graphene Oxide Matrix for Enhanced Antimicrobial Activity.

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    Zhang, Mei; Zhao, Yanhua; Yan, Li; Peltier, Raoul; Hui, Wenli; Yao, Xi; Cui, Yali; Chen, Xianfeng; Sun, Hongyan; Wang, Zuankai

    2016-04-06

    Environmental biofouling caused by the formation of biofilm has been one of the most urgent global concerns. Silver nanoparticles (NPs), owing to their wide-spectrum antimicrobial property, have been widely explored to combat biofilm, but their extensive use has raised growing concern because they persist in the environment. Here we report a novel hybrid nanocomposite that imparts enhanced antimicrobial activity and low cytotoxicity yet with the advantage of reduced silver loading. The nanocomposite consists of Pt/Ag bimetallic NPs (BNPs) decorated on the porous reduced graphene oxide (rGO) nanosheets. We demonstrate that the enhanced antimicrobial property against Escherichia coli is ascribed to the intricate control of the interfaces between metal compositions, rGO matrix, and bacteria, where the BNPs lead to a rapid release of silver ions, and the trapping of bacteria by the porous rGO matrix further provides high concentration silver ion sites for efficient bacteria-bactericide interaction. We envision that our facile approach significantly expands the design space for the creation of silver-based antimicrobial materials to achieve a wide spectrum of functionalities.

  18. Effect and Properties of Surface-Modified Copper Doped ZnO Nanoparticles (Cu:ZnO NPs on Killing Curves of Bacterial Pathogens

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    Enayatollah Kalantar

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Background: The current study aimed to determine the effect and properties of surface-modified copper doped Cu:ZnO NPs on killing curves of bacterial pathogens.Methods:  Preparation  of  in  situ  surface-modified  copper  doped  ZnOnanoparticles (Cu:ZnO NPs was done according to standard procedure.Assay for antimicrobial activity of Cu:ZnO NPs against bacterial pathogens was carried out based on disc diffusion method. Determination of shelf life, thermal and pH stability of antibacterial activity of Cu:ZnO NPs was done and residual activity was determined against the target cultures.Results: FTIR spectra indicate that the nanomaterials synthesized have higher peak intensity compared with reagent grade ZnO. According to the SEM image the nanoparticles synthesized have different size and heterogeneous morphology.  400  ppm  of  Cu:ZnO  NPs  gave  zones  of  inhibition  with diameters of 9.0 – 16 mm against the target cultures. Amongst the target cultures, Escherchia coli was the most sensitive to the Cu:ZnO NPs inhibition zone diameter 16 mm; whereas, 9 mm wide inhibition zone was obtained against  Staphylococcus  aureus. The  Cu:ZnO  NPs  was  fairly stable  for a period of 60 days at room temperature (RT showing lost of only 20% and30%     antibacterial  activity  as  tested  against  E.  coli  and  S.  aureus, respectively. The Cu:ZnO NPs was quite stable at this pH and temperaturerange tested against both E. coli and S. aureus.Conclusion: Surface-modified copper doped Cu:ZnO NPs have significant potential for their usefulness as antibacterial agents.

  19. Colloidal synthesis and structural control of PtSn bimetallic nanoparticles.

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    Wang, Xiaodong; Stöver, Jörg; Zielasek, Volkmar; Altmann, Lena; Thiel, Karsten; Al-Shamery, Katharina; Bäumer, Marcus; Borchert, Holger; Parisi, Jürgen; Kolny-Olesiak, Joanna

    2011-09-06

    PtSn bimetallic nanoparticles with different particle sizes (1-9 nm), metal compositions (Sn content of 10-80 mol %), and organic capping agents (e.g., amine, thiol, carboxylic acid and polymer) were synthesized by colloidal chemistry methods. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) measurements show that, depending on the particle size, the as-prepared bimetallic nanocrystals have quasi-spherical or faceted shapes. Energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) analyses indicate that for all samples the signals of both Pt and Sn can be detected from single nanoparticles, confirming that the products are actually bimetallic but not only a physical mixture of pure Pt and Sn metal nanoparticles. X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements were also conducted on the bimetallic particle systems. When compared with the diffraction patterns of monometallic Pt nanoparticles, the bimetallic samples show distinct shifts of the Bragg reflections to lower degrees, which gives clear proof of the alloying of Pt with Sn. However, a quantitative analysis of the lattice parameter shifts indicates that only part of the Sn atoms are incorporated into the alloy nanocrystals. This is consistent with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements that reveal the segregation of Sn at the surfaces of the nanocrystals. Moreover, short PtSn bimetallic nanowires were synthesized by a seed-mediated growth method with amine-capped bimetallic particles as precursors. The resulting nanowires have an average width of 2.3 nm and lengths ranging from 5 to 20 nm. © 2011 American Chemical Society

  20. Magnetic Properties of FePt Nanoparticles Prepared by a Micellar Method

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    Gao Y

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract FePt nanoparticles with average size of 9 nm were synthesized using a diblock polymer micellar method combined with plasma treatment. To prevent from oxidation under ambient conditions, immediately after plasma treatment, the FePt nanoparticle arrays were in situ transferred into the film-growth chamber where they were covered by an SiO2 overlayer. A nearly complete transformation of L10 FePt was achieved for samples annealed at temperatures above 700 °C. The well control on the FePt stoichiometry and avoidance from surface oxidation largely enhanced the coercivity, and a value as high as 10 kOe was obtained in this study. An evaluation of magnetic interactions was made using the so-called isothermal remanence (IRM and dc-demagnetization (DCD remanence curves and Kelly–Henkel plots (ΔM measurement. The ΔM measurement reveals that the resultant FePt nanoparticles exhibit a rather weak interparticle dipolar coupling, and the absence of interparticle exchange interaction suggests no significant particle agglomeration occurred during the post-annealing. Additionally, a slight parallel magnetic anisotropy was also observed. The results indicate the micellar method has a high potential in preparing FePt nanoparticle arrays used for ultrahigh density recording media.

  1. Ethylene glycol oxidation on Pt and Pt-Ru nanoparticle decorated polythiophene/multiwalled carbon nanotube composites for fuel cell applications.

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    Selvaraj, Vaithilingam; Alagar, Muthukaruppan

    2008-01-30

    A novel supporting material containing polythiophene (PTh) and multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) (PTh-CNTs) is prepared by in situ polymerization of thiophene on carbon nanotubes using FeCl(3) as oxidizing agent under sonication. The prepared polythiophene/CNT composites are further decorated with Pt and Pt-Ru nanoparticles by chemical reduction of the corresponding metal salts using HCHO as reducing agent at pH = 11 (Pt/PTh-CNT and Pt-Ru/PTh-CNT). The fabricated composite films decorated with nanoparticles were investigated towards the electrochemical oxidation of ethylene glycol (EG). The presence of carbon nanotubes in conjugation with a conducting polymer produces a good catalytic effect, which might be due to the higher electrochemically accessible surface areas, electronic conductivity and easier charge-transfer at polymer/electrolyte interfaces, which allows higher dispersion of Pt and Pt-Ru nanoparticles. Such nanoparticle modified PTh-CNT electrodes exhibit better catalytic behavior towards ethylene glycol oxidation. Results show that Pt/PTh-CNT and Pt-Ru/PTh-CNT modified electrodes show enhanced electrocatalytic activity and stability towards the electro-oxidation of ethylene glycol than the Pt/PTh electrodes, which shows that the composite film is more promising for applications in fuel cells.

  2. Ethylene glycol oxidation on Pt and Pt-Ru nanoparticle decorated polythiophene/multiwalled carbon nanotube composites for fuel cell applications

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    Selvaraj, Vaithilingam; Alagar, Muthukaruppan [Department of Chemical Engineering, Alagappa College of Technology, Anna University, Chennai 600025 (India)

    2008-01-30

    A novel supporting material containing polythiophene (PTh) and multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) (PTh-CNTs) is prepared by in situ polymerization of thiophene on carbon nanotubes using FeCl{sub 3} as oxidizing agent under sonication. The prepared polythiophene/CNT composites are further decorated with Pt and Pt-Ru nanoparticles by chemical reduction of the corresponding metal salts using HCHO as reducing agent at pH = 11 (Pt/PTh-CNT and Pt-Ru/PTh-CNT). The fabricated composite films decorated with nanoparticles were investigated towards the electrochemical oxidation of ethylene glycol (EG). The presence of carbon nanotubes in conjugation with a conducting polymer produces a good catalytic effect, which might be due to the higher electrochemically accessible surface areas, electronic conductivity and easier charge-transfer at polymer/electrolyte interfaces, which allows higher dispersion of Pt and Pt-Ru nanoparticles. Such nanoparticle modified PTh-CNT electrodes exhibit better catalytic behavior towards ethylene glycol oxidation. Results show that Pt/PTh-CNT and Pt-Ru/PTh-CNT modified electrodes show enhanced electrocatalytic activity and stability towards the electro-oxidation of ethylene glycol than the Pt/PTh electrodes, which shows that the composite film is more promising for applications in fuel cells.

  3. Effect of Cu doping on the structure and phase transition of directly synthesized FePt nanoparticles

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    Wang, Hanbin; Li, Yang; Chen, Xu; Shu, Dan; Liu, Xiang; Wang, Xina; Zhang, Jun; Wang, Hao; Wang, Yi; Ruterana, Pierre

    2017-01-01

    In this work, ternary Cu doped FePt nanoparticles were prepared in hexadecylamine at 320 °C by choosing FeCl2 as the Fe source. The experimental results showed that without Cu doping the as-prepared FePt nanoparticles possessed fcc structure and gradually exhibited typical fct diffraction peaks after increasing the Cu doping concentration. TEM images showed that the FePt nanoparticles had larger size and wider size distribution after introducing Cu additive. Magnetic property measurement showed that a coercivity of 4800 Oe was obtained when the composition of the ternary nanoparticles reached Fe35Pt45Cu20, in which the content of Fe+Cu was higher than Pt. The research indicates that Cu doping promotes the phase transition of FePt nanoparticles at temperature as low as 320 °C.

  4. Laser-induced in situ synthesis of Pd and Pt nanoparticles on polymer films

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    Mehrabanian, Mehran; Morselli, Davide; Caputo, Gianvito; Scarpellini, Alice; Palazon, Francisco; Athanassiou, Athanassia; Fragouli, Despina

    2016-12-01

    We present the localized in situ formation of Pd and Pt nanoparticles embedded in chitosan solid films. This is achieved by the photo-induced reduction of metallic precursors, previously incorporated in chitosan films, through controlled UV pulsed laser irradiation. Interestingly, at high number of laser pulses, Pd and Pt follow different formation pathways, contrary to their common photoreduction mechanism occurring at low irradiation pulses. Specifically, in the case of the Pd, a photofragmentation process takes place fracturing the previously formed nanoparticles into smaller ones; whereas in the case of Pt, the prolonged irradiation promotes the nanoparticles agglomeration. The combination of both precursors in a binary solid system results in the combined formation of both Pd and Pt nanoparticles in the polymer film upon laser irradiation. The herein reported approach is an efficient and precise tool to generate size- and density-controlled Pd and Pt nanoparticles in desired areas of polymeric films, rendering this method a potential candidate for the fabrication of flexible polymeric devices for gas-sensing or electro-catalysis applications.

  5. Porous Pt Nanoparticles with High Near-Infrared Photothermal Conversion Efficiencies for Photothermal Therapy.

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    Zhu, Xiao-Ming; Wan, Hong-Ye; Jia, Henglei; Liu, Liang; Wang, Jianfang

    2016-12-01

    Plasmonic nanostructures are of potential in acting as a type of optical agents for cancer photothermal therapy. To effectively function as photothermal therapy agents, plasmonic nanostructures are strongly desired to have good biocompatibility and high photothermal conversion efficiencies. In this study, poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride)-coated porous Pt nanoparticles are synthesized for photothermal therapy. The Pt nanoparticles possess broadband near-infrared light absorption in the range from 650 to 1200 nm, therefore allowing for selecting different laser wavelengths for photothermal therapy. The as-prepared Pt nanoparticles exhibit remarkable photothermal conversion efficiencies under 809 and 980 nm laser irradiation. In vitro studies indicate that the Pt nanoparticles display good biocompatibility and high cellular uptake efficiencies through an endocytosis pathway. Photothermal heating using 808 nm laser irradiation (>7.0 W cm(-2) , 3 min) leads to notable cytotoxic effect, and more than 70% of cells are photothermally ablated after 3 min irradiation at 8.4 W cm(-2) . Furthermore, simultaneous application of photothermal therapy synergistically enhances the cytotoxicity of an anti-cancer drug doxorubicin. Therefore, the porous Pt nanoparticles have great potential as an attractive photothermal agent for cancer therapy.

  6. Methanol Electro-Oxidation on Pt-Ru Alloy Nanoparticles Supported on Carbon Nanotubes

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    Yangchuan Xing

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Carbon nanotubes (CNTs have been investigated in recent years as a catalyst support for proton exchange membrane fuel cells. Improved catalyst activities were observed and attributed to metal-support interactions. We report a study on the kinetics of methanol electro-oxidation on CNT supported Pt-Ru alloy nanoparticles. Alloy catalysts with different compositions, Pt53Ru47/CNT, Pt69Ru31/CNT and Pt77Ru23/CNT, were prepared and investigated in detail. Experiments were conducted at various temperatures, electrode potentials, and methanol concentrations. It was found that the reaction order of methanol electro-oxidation on the PtRu/CNT catalysts was consistent with what has been reported for PtRu alloys with a value of 0.5 in methanol concentrations. However, the electro-oxidation reaction on the PtRu/CNT catalysts displayed much lower activation energies than that on the Pt-Ru alloy catalysts unsupported or supported on carbon black (PtRu/CB. This study provides an overall kinetic evaluation of the PtRu/CNT catalysts and further demonstrates the beneficial role of CNTs.

  7. Large faceted Pd nanocrystals supported small Pt nanoparticles as highly durable electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction

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    Zhang, Geng; Lu, Wangting; Cao, Longsheng; Qin, Xiaoping; Ding, Fei; Tang, Shun; Shao, Zhi-Gang; Yi, Baolian

    2016-09-01

    The reduction of Pt content together with the improvement of the durability of the catalyst for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is required to the large-scale commercialization of proton exchange membrane fuel cells. In this work, a novel ORR catalyst consisting of large Pd nanocrystal as the core with small Pt nanoparticles supported on the Pd core is prepared by a facile one-step synthesis method. The Pd substrate is presented in the form of well-defined cuboctahedrons and icosahedrons. The type of metal precursors and Pt/Pd molar ratio are important factors to obtain this Pd-supporting-Pt structure. The Pd2-s-Pt1 catalyst with a nominal Pt/Pd atomic ratio at 1/2 shows improved ORR activity: its mass specific activity and area specific activity is 2.5 and 3.5 times that of commercial Pt/C, respectively. More importantly, the Pd2-s-Pt1 catalyst demonstrates outstanding durability against potential cycling which can be ascribed to the slow dissolution of Pd core and the structure transformation from Pd@Pt to hollow PdPt alloyed nanocages. This exciting result provides a new pathway to the design of ORR catalyst with excellent durability.

  8. Electroreduction of oxygen on Pt nanoparticle/carbon nanotube nanocomposites in acid and alkaline solutions

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    Alexeyeva, N. [Institute of Chemistry, University of Tartu, Jakobi 2, 51014 Tartu (Estonia); Tammeveski, K., E-mail: kaido@chem.ut.e [Institute of Chemistry, University of Tartu, Jakobi 2, 51014 Tartu (Estonia); Lopez-Cudero, A.; Solla-Gullon, J.; Feliu, J.M. [Instituto de Electroquimica, Universidad de Alicante, Apartado 99, 03080 Alicante (Spain)

    2010-01-01

    The kinetics of O{sub 2} reduction on novel electrocatalyst materials deposited on carbon substrates were studied in 0.5 M H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} and in 0.1 M NaOH solutions using the rotating disk electrode (RDE) technique. Pt nanoparticles (PtNP) supported on single-walled (PtNP/SWCNT) and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (PtNP/MWCNT) were prepared using two different synthetic routes. Before use, the CNTs were cleaned to minimize the presence of metal impurities coming from the catalyst used in the synthesis of this material, which can interfere in the electrochemical response of the supported Pt nanoparticles. The composite catalyst samples were characterised by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showing a good dispersion of the particles at the surface of the carbon support and an average Pt particle size of 2.4 +- 0.7 nm in the case of Pt/CNTs prepared in the presence of citrate and of 3.8 +- 1.1 nm for Pt/CNTs prepared in microemulsion. The values of specific activity (SA) and other kinetic parameters were determined from the Tafel plots taking into account the real electroactive area of each electrode. The electrodes exhibited a relatively high electrocatalytic activity for the four-electron oxygen reduction reaction to water.

  9. Aqueous solution synthesis of Pt-M (M = Fe, Co, Ni) bimetallic nanoparticles and their catalysis for the hydrolytic dehydrogenation of ammonia borane.

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    Wang, Shuai; Zhang, Duo; Ma, Yanyun; Zhang, Hui; Gao, Jing; Nie, Yuting; Sun, Xuhui

    2014-08-13

    Platinum-based bimetallic nanocatalysts have attracted much attention due to their high-efficiency catalytic performance in energy-related applications such as fuel cell and hydrogen storage, for example, the hydrolytic dehydrogenation of ammonia borane (AB). In this work, a simple and green method has been demonstrated to successfully prepare Pt-M (M = Fe, Co, Ni) NPs with tunable composition (nominal Pt/M atomic ratios of 4:1, 1:1, and 1:4) in aqueous solution under mild conditions. All Pt-M NPs with a small size of 3-5 nm show a Pt fcc structure, suggesting the bimetallic formation (alloy and/or partial core-shell), examined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) analysis. The catalytic activities of Pt-M NPs in the hydrolytic dehydrogenation of AB reveal that Pt-Ni NPs with a ratio of 4:1 show the best catalytic activity and even better than that of pure Pt NPs when normalized to Pt molar amount. The Ni oxidation state in Pt-Ni NPs has been suggested to be responsible for the corresponding catalytic activity for hydrolytic dehydrogenation of AB by XAFS study. This strategy for the synthesis of Pt-M NPs is simple and environmentally benign in aqueous solution with the potential for scale-up preparation and the in situ catalytic reaction.

  10. Comparative effects on rat primary astrocytes and C6 rat glioma cells cultures after 24-h exposure to silver nanoparticles (AgNPs)

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    Salazar-García, Samuel; Silva-Ramírez, Ana Sonia; Ramirez-Lee, Manuel A.; Rosas-Hernandez, Hector [Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi, Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas (Mexico); Rangel-López, Edgar [Instituto Nacional de Neurologia y Neurocirugia Manuel Velasco Suárez, Laboratorio de Aminoacidos Excitadores (Mexico); Castillo, Claudia G. [Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi (Mexico); Santamaría, Abel [Instituto Nacional de Neurologia y Neurocirugia Manuel Velasco Suárez, Laboratorio de Aminoacidos Excitadores (Mexico); Martinez-Castañon, Gabriel A. [Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi, Facultad de Estomatologia (Mexico); Gonzalez, Carmen, E-mail: cgonzalez.uaslp@gmail.com, E-mail: gonzalez.castillocarmen@fcq.uaslp.mx [Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi, Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas (Mexico)

    2015-11-15

    The aim of this work was to compare the effects of 24-h exposure of rat primary astrocytes and C6 rat glioma cells to 7.8 nm AgNPs. Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most aggressive primary brain tumor and current treatments lead to diverse side-effects; for this reason, it is imperative to investigate new approaches, including those alternatives provided by nanotechnology, like nanomaterials (NMs) such as silver nanoparticles. Herein, we found that C6 rat glioma cells, but no primary astrocytes, decreased cell viability after AgNPs treatment; however, both cell types diminished their proliferation. The decrease of glioma C6 cells proliferation was related with necrosis, while in primary astrocytes, the decreased proliferation was associated with the induction of apoptosis. The ionic control (AgNO{sub 3}) exerted a different profile than AgNPs; the bulk form did not modify the basal effect in each determination, whereas cisplatin, a well-known antitumoral drug used as a comparative control, promoted cytotoxicity in both cell types at specific concentrations. Our findings prompt the need to determine the fine molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in the differential biological responses to AgNPs in order to develop new tools or alternatives based on nanotechnology that may contribute to the understanding, impact and use of NMs in specific targets, like glioblastoma cells.

  11. Electrochemical Dealloying of PdCu3 Nanoparticles to Achieve Pt-like Activity for the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction.

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    Jana, Rajkumar; Bhim, Anupam; Bothra, Pallavi; Pati, Swapan K; Peter, Sebastian C

    2016-10-20

    Manipulating the d-band center of the metal surface and hence optimizing the free energy of hydrogen adsorption (ΔGH ) close to the optimal adsorption energy (ΔGH =0) for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), is an efficient strategy to enhance the activity for HER. Herein, we report a oleylamine-mediated (acting as the solvent, stabilizer, and reducing agent) strategy to synthesize intermetallic PdCu3 nanoparticles (NPs) without using any external reducing agent. Upon electrochemical cycling, PdCu3 transforms into Pd-rich PdCu (ΔGH =0.05 eV), exhibiting remarkably enhanced activity (with a current density of 25 mA cm(-2) at ∼69 mV overpotential) as an alternative to Pt for HER. The first-principle calculation suggests that formation of low coordination number Pd active sites alters the d-band center and hence optimal adsorption of hydrogen, leading to enhanced activity. This finding may provide guidelines towards the design and development of Pt-free highly active and robust electrocatalysts. © 2016 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  12. Immersion Deposition of Pt Nanoparticles on Porous Silicon for Methanol Oxidation

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    SU Xu; LU Kangle; CHANG Yanlong; ZHANG Yan; WANG Chunming

    2009-01-01

    Porous silicon(PS)was chosen as the substrate for supporting the Pt particles because of great surface area,good conductivity and stability.Pt nanoparticles have been successfully prepared on the substrate by immersion deposition,which is convenient.The component and morphological properties of the films have been investigated by means of X-ray diffraction(XRD),energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy(EDX)and scanning electron microscopy(SEM),which shows that the Pt particles have small size and big specific surface.Cyclic voltammetry(CV)research showed that the Pt nanoparticles had novel catalytic activity for methanol when the immersion deposition time was past 24 min.

  13. Energetic and structural analysis of 102-atom Pd-Pt nanoparticles

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    Pacheco-Contreras, Rafael; Arteaga-Guerrero, Alvaro; Borbon-Gonzalez, Dora Julia; Posada-Amarillas, Alvaro; Schoen, J. Christian; Johnston, Roy L.

    2009-03-01

    We present an extensive study of the structural and energetic changes of 102-atom PdmPt102-m nanoparticles as a function of composition m, where the interatomic interactions are modeled with the many-body Gupta potential. The minimum energy structures are obtained through a genetic algorithm. The excess energy is calculated, as well as the pair distribution function g(r). The radial distribution of the atoms is computed for each composition; the result indicates a multi-layer segregation for some compositions, with a shell growth sequence as follows: a core with a small number of Pd atoms is followed by an intermediate shell of Pt atoms and the external shell consists of Pd atoms. A region where Pd and Pt atoms are mixed is observed between the outermost and intermediate shells. Furthermore, the pure Pd102 and Pt102 nanoparticles have the same structure, while a variety of different structures are observed for the bimetallic clusters.

  14. Nano Brazing of Pt-Ag Nanoparticles under Femtosecond Laser Irradiation

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    L Liu; H Huang; A Hu; G Zou; L Quintino; Y Zhou

    2013-01-01

    Nano brazing of Pt-Ag nanoparticles with nano Ag filler metal is reported in this letter, which presents an effective way to join nanoobjects by femtosecond laser irradiation. The nano brazed interface between Pt-Ag and Ag showed good lattice matching along (111)Ag//(111)Ag-Pt. Lattice mismatch can hardly be observed at the interface between the filler metal and Pt-Ag nanoparticle, which is important for the joint strength and normally does not occur during joining. The very low mismatch also suggested that melting and solidification occurred during nano brazing by femtosecond laser. The role of Brownian motion on the nano joining process is also discussed in this paper.

  15. Study of carbon-supported bimetallic PtCu nanoparticles by ASAXS

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    Bulat, N. V.; Avakyan, L. A.; Pryadchenko, V. V.; Srabionyan, V. V.; Belenov, S. V.; Bugaev, L. A.

    2017-05-01

    Bimetallic platinum-copper nanoparticles on carbon support are studied as a perspective electrochemical catalyst by anomalous small-angle X-ray scattering near the Pt absorption L3-edge. The simultaneous fitting of several diffraction patterns measured at different photon energies lead to a satisfactory agreement between experimental and model curves in the assumption of core-shell structure of the particles with Pt-rich shell and Cu-rich core. It is shown that the average size of as prepared nanoparticles is about 6 nm with distribution spread of about ±2 nm and with thickness of Pt-rich shell approximately 1.6 nm. After annealing at 350o C the average size of the particles increased by two times with additional enlargement of the Pt-rich shell thickness.

  16. Catalytic Intervention of MoO3 toward Ethanol Oxidation on PtPd Nanoparticles Decorated MoO3-Polypyrrole Composite Support.

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    De, Abhishek; Datta, Jayati; Haldar, Ipsita; Biswas, Mukul

    2016-10-14

    Ethanol oxidation reaction has been studied in acidic environment over PtPd nanoparticles (NPs) grown on the molybdenum oxide-polypyrrole composite (MOPC) support. The attempt was focused on using reduced Pt loading on non-carbon support for direct ethanol fuel cell (DEFC) operated with proton exchange membrane (PEM). As revealed in SEM study, a molybdenum oxide network exists in polypyrrole caging and the presence of metal NPs over the composite matrix is confirmed by TEM analysis. Further physicochemical characterizations such as XRD, EDAX, and XPS are followed in order to understand the surface morphology and composition of the hybrid structure. Electrochemical techniques such as voltammetry, choroamperometry, and impedance spectroscopy along with performance testing of an in-house-fabricated fuel cell are carried out to evaluate the catalytic activity of the materials for DEFC. The reaction products are estimated by ion chromatographic analysis. Considering the results obtained from the above characterization procedures, the best catalytic performance is exhibited by the Pt-Pd (1:1) on MOPC support. A clear intervention of the molybdenum oxide network is strongly advocated in the EOR sequence which increases the propensity of the reaction by making the metallites more energy efficient in terms of harnessing sufficient numbers of electrons than with the carbon support.

  17. Fabrication of monodisperse FePt rate at Au core-shell nanoparticles

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    Wei, D.H. [Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taipei 115 (China); Hung, D.S. [Department of Information and Telecommunications Engineering, Ming Chuan University, Taipei 111 (China); Ho, C.S.; Wang, J.W. [Department of Chemical Engineering, Tunghai University, Taichung 407 (China); Yao, Y.D. [Department of Materials Engineering, Tatung University, Taipei 104 (China)

    2007-12-15

    Hydrophobic FePt rate at Au core-shell nanoparticles were chemically synthesized and with controllable surface-function properties. The enhanced optical property is due to the contribution of Au shell. The surface modification of FePt rate at Au nanoiparticles by using 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid (MUA) was hydrophilic through ligand exchange and with good biocompatibility for future multi-functional applications. (copyright 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  18. Nanoparticles in a box

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    Neumann, Sarah; Grotheer, Sarah; Tielke, Julia

    2017-01-01

    A concept is introduced that allows for the isolation, storage and re-use of surfactant-free precious metal nanoparticles (NPs) of catalytic relevance (Pt and Ru). “Surfactant-free NPs” well-defined in size (1–2 nm) are prepared in alkaline ethylene glycol. After synthesis these NPs are stabilized...... to handle “surfactant-free” catalytic nanoparticles like a normal solid chemical...

  19. Improved electrocatalytic ethanol oxidation activity in acidic and alkaline electrolytes using size-controlled Pt-Sn nanoparticles.

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    St John, Samuel; Boolchand, Punit; Angelopoulos, Anastasios P

    2013-12-31

    The promotion of the electrocatalytic ethanol oxidation reaction (EOR) on extended single-crystal Pt surfaces and dispersed Pt nanoparticles by Sn under acidic conditions is well known. However, the correlation of Sn coverage on Pt nanoparticle electrocatalysts to their size has proven difficult. The reason is that previous investigations have typically relied on commercially difficult to reproduce electrochemical treatments of prepared macroscopic electrodes to adsorb Sn onto exposed Pt surfaces. We demonstrate here how independent control over both Sn coverage and particle size can yield a significant enhancement in EOR activity in an acidic electrolyte relative to previously reported electrocatalysts. Our novel approach uses electroless nanoparticle synthesis where surface-adsorbed Sn is intrinsic to Pt particle formation. Sn serves as both a reducing agent and stabilizing ligand, producing particles with a narrow particle size distribution in a size range where the mass-specific electrocatalytic activity can be maximized (ca. 1-4 nm) as a result of the formation of a fully developed Sn shell. The extent of fractional Sn surface coverage on carbon-supported Pt nanoparticles can be systematically varied through wet-chemical treatment subsequent to nanoparticle formation but prior to incorporation into macroscopic electrodes. EOR activity for Pt nanoparticles is found to be optimum at a fractional Sn surface coverage of ca. 0.6. Furthermore, the EOR activity is shown to increase with Pt particle size and correlate with the active area of available Pt (110) surface sites for the corresponding Sn-free nanoparticles. The maximum area- and mass-specific EOR activities for the most active catalyst investigated were 17.9 μA/cm(2)Pt and 12.5 A/gPt, respectively, after 1 h of use at 0.42 V versus RHE in an acidic electrolyte. Such activity is a substantial improvement over that of commercially available Pt, Pt-Sn, and Pt-Ru alloy catalysts under either acidic or alkaline

  20. Fabrication of friction-reducing texture surface by selective laser melting of ink-printed (SLM-IP) copper (Cu) nanoparticles(NPs)

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    Wang, Xinjian; Liu, Junyan; Wang, Yang; Fu, Yanan

    2017-02-01

    This paper reports a process of selective laser melting of ink-printed (SLM-IP) copper (Cu) nanoparticles(NPs) for the fabrication of full dense Cu friction-reducing texture on the metallic surface in ambient condition. This technique synthesizes pure Cu by chemical reduction route using an organic solvent during laser melting in the atmosphere environment, and provides a flexible additive manufacture approach to form complex friction-reduction texture on the metallic surface. Microtextures of ring and disc arrays have been fabricated on the stainless steel surface by SLM-IP Cu NPs. The friction coefficient has been measured under the lubricating condition of the oil. Disc texture surface (DTS) has a relatively low friction coefficient compared with ring texture surface (RTS), Cu film surface (Cu-FS) and the untreated substrate. The study suggests a further research on SLM-IP approach for complex microstructure or texture manufacturing, possibly realizing its advantage of flexibility.

  1. Nanoscaled alloy formation from self-assembled elemental Co nanoparticles on top of Pt films

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    Luyang Han

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available The thermally activated formation of nanoscale CoPt alloys was investigated, after deposition of self-assembled Co nanoparticles on textured Pt(111 and epitaxial Pt(100 films on MgO(100 and SrTiO3(100 substrates, respectively. For this purpose, metallic Co nanoparticles (diameter 7 nm were prepared with a spacing of 100 nm by deposition of precursor-loaded reverse micelles, subsequent plasma etching and reduction on flat Pt surfaces. The samples were then annealed at successively higher temperatures under a H2 atmosphere, and the resulting variations of their structure, morphology and magnetic properties were characterized. We observed pronounced differences in the diffusion and alloying of Co nanoparticles on Pt films with different orientations and microstructures. On textured Pt(111 films exhibiting grain sizes (20–30 nm smaller than the particle spacing (100 nm, the formation of local nanoalloys at the surface is strongly suppressed and Co incorporation into the film via grain boundaries is favoured. In contrast, due to the absence of grain boundaries on high quality epitaxial Pt(100 films with micron-sized grains, local alloying at the film surface was established. Signatures of alloy formation were evident from magnetic investigations. Upon annealing to temperatures up to 380 °C, we found an increase both of the coercive field and of the Co orbital magnetic moment, indicating the formation of a CoPt phase with strongly increased magnetic anisotropy compared to pure Co. At higher temperatures, however, the Co atoms diffuse into a nearby surface region where Pt-rich compounds are formed, as shown by element-specific microscopy.

  2. Activity improvement of Pt/C catalysts by adding CeO2 nanoparticles

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    YANG Yuying; ZHANG Ziyu; HU Zhongai

    2011-01-01

    Carbon-supported platinum catalysts were prepared by NaBH4 reduction of metal precursors and the CeO2 nanoparticles were prepared by citric acid sol-gel method. The structure and morphology of two kinds of nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), respectively. The Pt particles were uniformly dispersed on the carbon surface and showed the rod-like morphology. The CeO2 was spherical in shape. The appropriate amount of CeO2 nanoparticles was added into Pt/C systems to improve activity of the catalysts. Several electrochemical techniques such as cyclic voltammogram (CV), chronoamperometry (I-t)and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) were used to investigate the properties of CeO2-Pt/C catalysts for methanol electrooxidation in 1 mol/L CH3OH+0.5H2SO4 aqueous solutions. The results revealed that compared with Pt/C catalysts CeO2-pt/C exhibited a higher activity and stability for methanol electro-oxidation. Moreover, the effect of CeO2 content on the activity of Pt/C catalysts was discussed in detail.

  3. WO3/Pt nanoparticles promote light-induced lipid peroxidation and lysosomal instability within tumor cells

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    Clark, Andrea J.; Petty, Howard R.

    2016-02-01

    Although metal-metal oxide nanoparticles have attracted considerable interest as catalysts, they have attracted little interest in nanomedicine. This is likely due to the fact that metal oxide semiconductors generally require biologically harmful ultraviolet excitation. In contrast, this study focuses upon WO3/Pt nanoparticles, which can be excited by visible light. To optimize the nanoparticles’ catalytic performance, platinization was performed at alkaline pH. These nanoparticles destroyed organic dyes, consumed dissolved oxygen and produced hydroxyl radicals. 4T1 breast cancer cells internalized WO3/Pt nanoparticles within the membrane-bound endo-lysosomal compartment as shown by electron and fluorescence microscopy. During visible light exposure, but not in darkness, WO3/Pt nanoparticles manufacture reactive oxygen species, promote lipid peroxidation, and trigger lysosomal membrane disruption. As cells of the immune system degrade organic molecules, produce reactive oxygen species, and activate the lipid peroxidation pathway within target cells, these nanoparticles mimic the chemical attributes of immune effector cells. These biomimetic nanoparticles should become useful in managing certain cancers, especially ocular cancer.

  4. Electrochemical oxidation of methanol on Pt nanoparticles composited MnO 2 nanowire arrayed electrode

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    Zhao, Guang-Yu; Li, Hu-Lin

    2008-03-01

    By use of the membrane-template synthesis route, MnO 2 nanowire arrayed electrodes are successfully synthesized by means of the anodic deposition technique. The Pt nanoparticles composited MnO 2 nanowire arrayed electrodes (PME) are obtained through depositing Pt on MnO 2 nanowire arrayed electrode by cathode deposition technique. For comparison of electrochemical performance, Pt nanowire arrayed electrodes which have the same amount of Pt with PME are also prepared. The electro-oxidation of methanol on PME and Pt nanowire arrayed electrodes is investigated at room temperature by cyclic voltammetry, which show that about 110 mV decreased overpotential and 2.1-fold enhanced votammetric current are achieved on PME. The chronoamperometry result demonstrates that the resistance to carbon monoxide for PME is improved.

  5. Catalytic Activity of Mono- and Bi-Metallic Nanoparticles Synthesized via Microemulsions

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    Ramona Y.G. König

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Water-in-oil (w/o microemulsions were used as a template for the synthesis of mono- and bi-metallic nanoparticles. For that purpose, w/o-microemulsions containing H2PtCl6, H2PtCl6 + Pb(NO32 and H2PtCl6 + Bi(NO3, respectively, were mixed with a w/o-microemulsion containing the reducing agent, NaBH4. The results revealed that it is possible to synthesize Pt, PtPb and PtBi nanoparticles of ~3–8 nm in diameter at temperatures of about 30°C. The catalytic properties of the bimetallic PtBi and PtPb nanoparticles were studied and compared with monometallic platinum nanoparticles. Firstly, the electrochemical oxidation of formic acid to carbon monoxide was investigated, and it was found that the resistance of the PtBi and PtPb nanoparticles against the catalyst-poisoning carbon monoxide was significantly higher compared to the Pt nanoparticles. Secondly, investigating the reduction of 4-nitrophenol to 4-aminophenol,we found that the bimetallic NPs are most active at 23 °C, while the order of the activity changes at higher temperatures, i.e., that the Pt nanoparticles are the most active ones at 36 and 49 °C. Furthermore, we observed a strong influence of the support, which was either a polymer or Al2O3. Thirdly, for the hydrogenation of allylbenzene to propylbenzene, the monometallic Pt NPs turned out to be the most active catalysts, followed by the PtPb and PtBi NPs. Comparing the two bimetallic nanoparticles, one sees that the PtPb NPs are significantly more active than the respective PtBi NPs.

  6. Electroless deposition of platinum nanoparticles in room-temperature ionic liquids.

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    Zhang, Da; Okajima, Takeyoshi; Lu, Dalin; Ohsaka, Takeo

    2013-09-24

    The electroless deposition of Pt nanoparticles (Pt-NPs) could be carried out by dissolving potassium tetrachloroplatinate(II) (K2[PtCl4]) in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium (EMI(+)) room-temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) containing bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl) imide (NTf2(-)) or tetrafluoroborate (BF4(-)) anion and small cations, such as H(+), K(+), and Li(+). In this case, no deposition of Pt-NPs occurred in RTILs without such small cations. The formation of Pt-NPs was only observed in RTILs containing trifluoromethanesulfonimide (HNTf2) and protons at high temperature (≥80 °C) when potassium hexachloroplatinate(IV) (K2[PtCl6]) was dissolved in the RTILs. The obtained Pt-NPs gave a characteristic absorption spectrum of ultrasmall Pt-NPs. The ultrasmall and uniform Pt-NPs of ca. 1-4 nm in diameter were produced and the Pt-NPs/EMI(+)NTf2(-) dispersion was kept stably for several months without adding any additional stabilizers or capping molecules. The identified Fourier-transform patterns along the [0 1 1] zone axis were observed for the TEM images of Pt-NPs. On the basis of the results obtained, a probable mechanism of the electroless formation of Pt-NPs is discussed.

  7. Structural characterization of Pt-Pd core-shell nanoparticles by Cs-corrected STEM

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    Esparza, R., E-mail: resparza@fata.unam.mx [Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Centro de Fisica Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada (Mexico); Garcia-Ruiz, Amado F. [UPIICSA-COFAA, Instituto Politecnico Nacional (Mexico); Velazquez Salazar, J. J. [University of Texas at San Antonio, Department of Physics and Astronomy (United States); Perez, R. [Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Centro de Fisica Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada (Mexico); Jose-Yacaman, M. [The University of Texas at San Antonio, Department of Physics and Astronomy (United States)

    2013-01-15

    Pt-Pd core-shell nanoparticles were synthesized using a modified polyol method. A thermal method under refluxing, carrying on the reaction up to 285 Degree-Sign C, has been performed to reduce metallic salts using ethylene glycol as reducer and poly(N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone) as protective reagent of the formed bimetallic nanoparticles. According to other works, this type of structure has been studied and utilized to successfully increase the catalytic properties of monometallic nanoparticles Pt or Pd. Core-shell bimetallic nanoparticles were structurally characterized using aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (Cs-STEM) equipped with a high-angle annular dark field detector, energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS), and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS). The high-resolution elemental line scan and mappings were carried out using a combination of STEM-EDS and STEM-EELS. The obtained results show the growth of the Pd shell on the Pt core with polyhedral morphology. The average size of the bimetallic nanoparticles was 13.5 nm and the average size of the core was 8.5 nm; consequently, the thickness of the shell was around 2.5 nm. The growth of the Pd shell on the Pt core is layer by layer, suggesting a Frank-van der Merwe growth mechanism.

  8. Sintering of oxide-supported Pt and Pd nanoparticles in air studied by in situ TEM

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    Simonsen, Søren Bredmose

    at elevated temperatures. The time-resolved TEM images are presented and these offer direct insight into the fundamental dynamics of the sintering process at the nano-scale. For Pt, Pd and bimetallic Pt-Pd nanoparticles it is shown that the sintering process is governed by the Ostwald ripening mechanism...... correlations between neighbouring nanoparticles in the atom-exchange process. The sintering process was also presented statistically by particle size distributions extracted from the TEM images. The statistical data agreed only partly with the mean-field kinetic models for ripening, but the deviations could......This thesis presents a fundamental study of the sintering of supported nanoparticles in relation to diesel oxidation catalysts. The sintering of supported nanoparticles is an important challenge in relation to this catalyst, as well as many other catalyst systems, and a fundamental understanding...

  9. Tailoring nucleation and growth conditions for narrow compositional distributions in colloidal synthesized FePt nanoparticles

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    Srivastava, Chandan; Nikles, David E.; Thompson, Gregory B.

    2008-11-01

    To eliminate compositional and size variabilities between individual binary nanoparticles, it is essential to control the mechanistic steps involved in nanoparticle synthesis. A common method for synthesizing FePt nanoparticles involves the simultaneous decomposition and reduction in iron and platinum precursors, respectively. This simultaneous nucleation and growth method yields wide composition and size distributions. This paper describes and experimentally validates a methodology needed to tighten composition and size distributions for this process. By engineering the surfactant chemistry with tertiary phosphines to tightly bind the iron atoms in the iron precursor, uniform platinum rich seeds form during the initial stages of the synthesis. A thermodynamically preferred heterogeneous nucleation of iron atoms into these uniform platinum seeds in the subsequent stages produces a final dispersion with uniform particle-to-particle compositions. The paper addresses the understanding for optimizing the nucleation and growth sequences for compositional control in FePt nanoparticles.

  10. Oxygen-induced shape changes of Pt nanoparticles on MgO(100)

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    Hejral, Uta; Stierle, Andreas; Vlad, Alina; Delheusy, Melissa; Dosch, Helmut [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Metallforschung, Heisenbergstr. 3, 70569 Stuttgart (Germany)

    2010-07-01

    Platinum nanoparticles on oxide carrier materials are used in heterogenous catalysis and are applied successfully in reactions like the oxidation of hydrocarbons or carbon monoxide. In order to achieve better catalyst efficiency, lifetime and selectivity it is important to comprehend catalytic processes on an atomic basis. Thus, the interplay between particle shape, adsorbed oxygen, bulk oxides and catalytic activity needs to be understood. Therefore Pt nanoparticles have been grown epitaxially on MgO(100) substrates under controlled conditions. It has previously been reported that Rh nanoparticles undergo reversible shape changes induced by surface oxides. We have studied oxygen-induced shape changes of Pt nanoparticles on MgO(100) by means of in situ X-ray diffraction. The experiment was performed at 300 C and oxygen pressures ranging from UHV to 500 mbar. The experimental results are compared to theoretically predicted ones.

  11. Cerium oxide as a promoter for the electro-oxidation reaction of ethanol: in situ XAFS characterization of the Pt nanoparticles supported on CeO2 nanoparticles and nanorods.

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    Corchado-García, Juan; Betancourt, Luis E; Vélez, Carlos A; Senanayake, Sanjaya D; Stacchiola, Dario; Sasaki, Kotaro; Guinel, Maxime J-F; Zhou, Yunyun; Cheung, Chin Li; Cabrera, Carlos R

    2015-12-28

    In this study we probe the electrocatalytic activity of Pt nanoparticles supported on ceria nanoparticles (NPs) and nanorods (NRs) in the ethanol oxidation reaction (EOR) in alkaline media. The goal of this study was to relate morphology, support structure and composition to the EOR catalytic activity by using in situ X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) studies. Cyclic voltammetry experiments showed that both ceria supported catalysts (NP vs. NR) had similar peak current densities at fast scan rates, however at slow scan rates, the ceria NR catalyst showed superior catalytic activity. In situ XAFS studies in KOH showed that both ceria supported catalysts had more electron density in their d-band (with the ceria NR having more electron density overall) than ceria - free Pt/Vulcan standard. However, in an ethanol solution the ceria NR catalyst had the least electron density. We propose that this change is due to the increased charge transfer efficiency between the ceria nanorod support and platinum. In the KOH solution, the increased electron density makes the platinum less electrophilic and hinders Pt-OH bond formation. In the EtOH solution, platinum's increased nucleophilicity facilitates the bond formation between Pt and the electron deficient carbon in ethanol which in turn withdraws the electron density from platinum and increases the white line intensity as observed in the XAS measurements.

  12. Stimulus Response of Au-NPs@GMP-Tb Core-Shell Nanoparticles: Toward Colorimetric and Fluorescent Dual-Mode Sensing of Alkaline Phosphatase Activity in Algal Blooms of a Freshwater Lake.

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    Zhang, Xiaolei; Deng, Jingjing; Xue, Yumeng; Shi, Guoyue; Zhou, Tianshu

    2016-01-19

    In this study, we demonstrate a colorimetric and fluorescent dual-mode method for alkaline phosphatase activity (APA) sensing in freshwater lake with stimuli-responsive gold nanoparticles@terbium-guanosine monophosphate (Au-NPs@GMP-Tb) core-shell nanoparticles. Initially, the core-shell nanoparticles were fabricated based on Au-NPs decorated with a fluorescent GMP-Tb shell. Upon being excited at 290 nm, the as-formed Au-NPs@GMP-Tb core-shell nanoparticles emit green fluorescence, and the decorated GMP-Tb shell causes the aggregation of Au-NPs. However, the addition of ALP destroys GMP-Tb shell, resulting in the release of Au-NPs from the shell into the solvent. As a consequence, the aggregated Au-NPs solubilizes with the changes in the UV-vis spectrum of the dispersion, and in the meantime, the fluorescence of GMP-Tb shell turns off, which constitutes a new mechanism for colorimetric and fluorescent dual-mode sensing of APA. With the method developed here, we could monitor the dynamic change of APA during an algal bloom of a freshwater lake, both by the naked eye and further confirmed by fluorometric determination. This study not only offers a new method for on-site visible detection of APA but also provides a strategy for dual-mode sensing mechanisms by the rational design of the excellent optical properties of Au-NPs and the adaptive inclusion properties of the luminescent infinite coordination polymers.

  13. Synchrotron radiation based multi-scale structural characterization of CoPt{sub 3} colloidal nanoparticles

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    Zargham, Ardalan

    2010-08-05

    Bimetallic CoPt{sub 3} nanoparticles represent a category of colloidal nanoparticles with high application potentials in, e.g., heterogeneous catalysis, sensor technology, and magnetic storage media. Deposition of this system on functionalized supports delivers opportunities for controlled immobilization of the nanoparticles. In this work, self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of n-alkanethiol molecules served as functionalizing material for the Au covered Si substrates. Deposition of the ligand-terminated nanoparticles took place by means of spin and dip coating and has been optimized for each of the mentioned methods so that monolayers of nanoparticles on supports were fabricated with a well-controlled coverage The morphology of the nanoparticle film arranged is addressed by grazing-incidence small angle x-ray scattering (GISAXS). This together with x-ray standing waves in total external reflection (TER-XSW) enables a 3D structural characterization of such nanoparticle films, so that the mean particle size, mean distance of the arranged nanoparticle films to the substrate, as well as the mean particle-particle distance in lateral direction have been determined. TER-XSW, being an element-specific position-sensitive method, also reveals the elemental distribution of the particles which complementary provides a fundamental understanding of their internal structure. The CoPt{sub 3} nanoparticles investigated here exhibit a core-shell-like structure with cores of CoPt{sub 3} and shells mainly comprise Co. The results regarding the internal structure of the nanoparticles were then verified by extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) measurements. (orig.)

  14. Microwave-assisted synthesis and characterization of bimetallic PtRu alloy nanoparticles supported on carbon nanotubes

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    Rahsepar, Mansour, E-mail: rahsepar@shirazu.ac.ir [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Engineering, Shiraz University, Zand Boulevard, Shiraz, 7134851154 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Kim, Hasuck, E-mail: hasuckim@snu.ac.kr [Department of Chemistry, Seoul National University, 599 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul, 151-747 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Energy Systems Engineering, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science & Technology, Daegu, 711-873 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-11-15

    Multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) supported PtRu nanoparticles were synthesized by using a microwave-assisted improved impregnation technique. X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray photo electron spectroscopy were used to characterize the prepared PtRu/MWCNT nanoparticles. The PtRu nanoparticles with a satisfactory dispersion were formed on the external surface of MWCNTs. The CO stripping experiment was performed to evaluate the poisoning resistance of the prepared PtRu/MWCNT nanoparticles. Results of electrochemical measurements indicate that the prepared PtRu/MWCNTs shows an enhanced performance toward CO poisoning. The results of characterization revealed that microwave-assisted improved impregnation technique have a high yield of alloy phase formation and could be effectively used as a simple, quick and efficient technique for preparation of bimetallic PtRu/MWCNT nanoparticles. - Highlights: • Highly dispersed PtRu/MWCNTs were formed without use of any stabilizing agent. • Microwave irradiation enhances the uniform dispersion of the PtRu nanoparticles. • Microwave-assisted improved impregnation have a high yield of alloy phase formation. • The prepared PtRu/MWCNTs shows an enhanced performance toward CO poisoning.

  15. PdPt bimetallic nanoparticles enabled by shape control with halide ions and their enhanced catalytic activities.

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    Zhang, Jinfeng; Wan, Lei; Liu, Lei; Deng, Yida; Zhong, Cheng; Hu, Wenbin

    2016-02-21

    In this study, a new and convenient one step approach is described for synthesizing shape controlled PdPt bimetallic nanoparticles. It is found that the resultant morphologies of these PdPt nanoparticles can be well controlled by simply altering the participation of different halide ions that serve as shape controlling agents in the reaction solution. The dendritic core-shell PdPt bimetallic nanoparticles generated with Pt atoms adopt usual island growth pattern in the presence of Cl(-) ions, whereas the introduction of Br(-) ions with a relatively strong adsorption effect facilitate the formation of a layered core-shell structure due to the layered growth mode of Pt atoms on the exterior surface of the central Pd core. Moreover, the stronger adsorption function of I(-) ions and the resulting fast atomic diffusion promoted the generation of mesoporous core-shell PdPt bimetallic nanoparticles with many pore channels. In addition, the size of these synthesized PdPt nanoparticles exhibited a significant dependence on the concentration of the halide ions involved. Due to their specific structural features and synergistic effects, these PdPt catalysts exhibited shape-dependent catalytic performance and drastically enhanced electrocatalytic activities relative to that of commercial Pt black and Pt/C toward methanol oxidation.

  16. Characterization of self-assembled electrodes based on Au-Pt nanoparticles for PEMFC application

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    Valenzuela, E. [Politecnica Univ. de Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas (Mexico). Energia y Sustentabilidad; Sebastian, P.J. [Politecnica Univ. de Chiapas, Chiapas (Mexico). Energia y Sustentabilidad; Centro de Investigacion en Energia, UNAM, Morelos (Mexico); Gamboa, S.A. [Centro de Investigacion en Energia, UNAM, Morelos (Mexico); Pal, U. [Inst. de Fisica, Universidad Autonoma de Puebla Univ., Puebla (Mexico). Inst. de Fisica; Gonzalez, I. [Autonoma Metropolitana Univ. (Mexico). Dept. de Quimica

    2008-07-01

    This paper reported on a study in which membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) were fabricated by depositing Au, Pt and AuPt nanoparticles on Nafion 115 membrane for use in a proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC). A Rotating Disc Electrode (RDE) was used to measure the nanoparticle catalyst activity. After deposition of the nanoparticles on the membrane, the surface was studied by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS). The membrane proton conduction process was studied by Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) with the 4 probe technique. The MEAs fabricated with Nafion/Metal membranes were evaluated in a PEMFC under standard conditions. Colloidal solutions were used to prepare self-assembled electrodes with nanoparticles deposited on Nafion membrane. The particles deposited on Nafion showed good stability and had homogeneous distribution along the membrane surface. The impedance results revealed an increase in the membrane proton resistance of the self-assembled electrodes compared to unmodified Nafion. The Au-Pt nanoparticles were obtained by chemical reduction. The nanoparticle size in the three systems was about 2 nm. The self-assembled electrodes performed well in standard conditions. The optimum colloidal concentration and immersion time must be determined in order to obtain good catalytic activity and high membrane conductance. The self-assembled Nafion/AuPt had the best open circuit potential (887 mV). The Au and Pt self-assemblies showed a similar performance in terms of maximum power and maximum current density. The performance of the Nafion/Au self-assembly was influenced more by ohmic losses, particularly in the membrane. The maximum power generation was obtained at 0.35 V. The mass transport losses increased after this value, thereby affecting the efficiency of the PEMFC. 2 figs.

  17. Orientation of FePt nanoparticles on top of a-SiO2/Si(001, MgO(001 and sapphire(0001: effect of thermal treatments and influence of substrate and particle size

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    Martin Schilling

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Texture formation and epitaxy of thin metal films and oriented growth of nanoparticles (NPs on single crystal supports are of general interest for improved physical and chemical properties especially of anisotropic materials. In the case of FePt, the main focus lies on its highly anisotropic magnetic behavior and its catalytic activity, both due to the chemically ordered face-centered tetragonal (fct L10 phase. If the c-axis of the tetragonal system can be aligned normal to the substrate plane, perpendicular magnetic recording could be achieved. Here, we study the orientation of FePt NPs and films on a-SiO2/Si(001, i.e., Si(001 with an amorphous (a- native oxide layer on top, on MgO(001, and on sapphire(0001 substrates. For the NPs of an approximately equiatomic composition, two different sizes were chosen: “small” NPs with diameters in the range of 2–3 nm and “large” ones in the range of 5–8 nm. The 3 nm thick FePt films, deposited by pulsed laser deposition (PLD, served as reference samples. The structural properties were probed in situ, particularly texture formation and epitaxy of the specimens by reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED and, in case of 3 nm nanoparticles, additionally by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM after different annealing steps between 200 and 650 °C. The L10 phase is obtained at annealing temperatures above 550 °C for films and 600 °C for nanoparticles in accordance with previous reports. On the amorphous surface of a-SiO2/Si substrates we find no preferential orientation neither for FePt films nor nanoparticles even after annealing at 630 °C. On sapphire(0001 supports, however, FePt nanoparticles exhibit a clearly preferred (111 orientation even in the as-prepared state, which can be slightly improved by annealing at 600–650 °C. This improvement depends on the size of NPs: Only the smaller NPs approach a fully developed (111 orientation. On top of MgO(001 the

  18. CO oxidation on PtSn nanoparticle catalysts occurs at the interface of Pt and Sn oxide domains formed under reaction conditions

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    Michalak, William D.

    2014-04-01

    The barrier to CO oxidation on Pt catalysts is the strongly bound adsorbed CO, which inhibits O2 adsorption and hinders CO2 formation. Using reaction studies and in situ X-ray spectroscopy with colloidally prepared, monodisperse ∼2 nm Pt and PtSn nanoparticle catalysts, we show that the addition of Sn to Pt provides distinctly different reaction sites and a more efficient reaction mechanism for CO oxidation compared to pure Pt catalysts. To probe the influence of Sn, we intentionally poisoned the Pt component of the nanoparticle catalysts using a CO-rich atmosphere. With a reaction environment comprised of 100 Torr CO and 40 Torr O2 and a temperature range between 200 and 300 C, Pt and PtSn catalysts exhibited activation barriers for CO2 formation of 133 kJ/mol and 35 kJ/mol, respectively. While pure Sn is readily oxidized and is not active for CO oxidation, the addition of Sn to Pt provides an active site for O2 adsorption that is important when Pt is covered with CO. Sn oxide was identified as the active Sn species under reaction conditions by in situ ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements. While chemical signatures of Pt and Sn indicated intermixed metallic components under reducing conditions, Pt and Sn were found to reversibly separate into isolated domains of Pt and oxidic Sn on the nanoparticle surface under reaction conditions of 100 mTorr CO and 40 mTorr O2 between temperatures of 200-275 C. Under these conditions, PtSn catalysts exhibited apparent reaction orders in O2 for CO 2 production that were 0.5 and lower with increasing partial pressures. These reaction orders contrast the first-order dependence in O 2 known for pure Pt. The differences in activation barriers, non-first-order dependence in O2, and the presence of a partially oxidized Sn indicate that the enhanced activity is due to a reaction mechanism that occurs at a Pt/Sn oxide interface present at the nanoparticle surface. © 2014 Published by Elsevier Inc.

  19. Utilization of surface plasmon resonance of Au/Pt nanoparticles for highly photosensitive ZnO nanorods network based plasmon field effect transistor

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    Kumar, Ashish; Dixit, Tejendra; Palani, I. A.; Nakamura, D.; Higashihata, M.; Singh, Vipul

    2017-09-01

    Hydrothermally processed highly photosensitive ZnO nanorods based plasmon field effect transistors (PFETs) have been demonstrated utilizing the surface plasmon resonance coupling of Au and Pt nanoparticles at Au/Pt and ZnO interface. A significantly enhanced photocurrent was observed due to the plasmonic effect of the metal nanoparticles (NPs). The Pt coated PFETs showed Ion/Ioff ratio more than 3 × 104 under the dark condition, with field-effect mobility of 26 cm2 V-1 s-1 and threshold voltage of -2.7 V. Moreover, under the illumination of UV light (λ = 350 nm) the PFET revealed photocurrent gain of 105 under off-state (-5 V) of operation. Additionally, the electrical performance of PFETs was investigated in detail on the basis of charge transfer at metal/ZnO interface. The ZnO nanorods growth temperature was preserved at 110 °C which allowed a low temperature, economical and simple method to develop highly photosensitive ZnO nanorods network based PFETs for large scale production.

  20. Poly (vinyl alcohol)/gum karaya electrospun plasma treated membrane for the removal of nanoparticles (Au, Ag, Pt, CuO and Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) from aqueous solutions

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    Padil, Vinod Vellora Thekkae; Černík, Miroslav, E-mail: miroslav.cernik@tul.cz

    2015-04-28

    In the present work, nanofibre membranes composed of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and a natural gum karaya (GK) hydrocolloid were prepared using electrospinning. The electrospun membranes of PVA/GK were cross-linked with heat treatment and later methane plasma was used to obtain a hydrophobic membrane. The morphology, characterization and adsorption ability of P-NFM was assessed using scanning electron microscopy, UV–vis spectroscopy, ATR-FTIR techniques, water contact angle and ICP-MS analytical methods. The membrane was employed for the extraction of nanoparticles (Ag, Au, Pt, CuO and Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) from water. The nanoparticle extraction kinetic and adsorption isotherm perform the pseudo-second-order model and Langmuir isotherm model, respectively. The adsorption capacities of the membrane for the removal of NPs from water diverge in the order Pt > Au > Ag > CuO > Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}. The high adsorption efficiency for the removal of NPs from water was compared with an untreated membrane. Physisorption, functional group interactions, complexation reactions between metal/metal oxide nanoparticles with various functional groups present in NFM and modified surface properties such as the balance of hydrophilicity/hydrophobicity, surface free energy, and the high surface area of the plasma treated membrane were possible mechanisms of NPs adsorption onto NFM. The regeneration and reusability were tested in five consecutive adsorption/desorption cycles.

  1. Biogenic Pt uptake and nanoparticle formation in Medicago sativa and Brassica juncea

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    Bali, Roza [University of Sydney, Laboratory for Sustainable Technology, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (Australia); Siegele, Rainer [Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization, Institute for Environmental Research (Australia); Harris, Andrew T., E-mail: a.harris@usyd.edu.a [University of Sydney, Laboratory for Sustainable Technology, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (Australia)

    2010-10-15

    The ability of the facultative metallophyte plants, Medicago sativa (M. sativa) and Brassica juncea (B. juncea) to accumulate and translocate platinum (Pt) from aqueous substrates is reported. The influence of Pt concentration in the substrate (5, 10, 20, 40 and 80 ppm), exposure time (24, 48 and 72 h) and substrate pH (2, 3, 5, 7 and 9) was determined. In both plants the concentration of Pt increased with substrate concentration and exposure time. Greater accumulation was detected in the roots of M. sativa than B. juncea, up to a maximum of 94.19 mg Pt g{sup -1} (dry biomass) compared with 38.5 mg Pt g{sup -1} (dry biomass) following exposure to 80 ppm Pt after 72 h exposure, respectively. However, at lower substrate concentrations (5 and 20 ppm) greater quantities of Pt were detected in the shoots of B. juncea, ranging between 0.02 and 0.32 mg Pt g{sup -1} (dry biomass) at 5 ppm across the different time intervals studied, compared with 0.02-0.14 mg Pt g{sup -1} (dry biomass) for M. sativa, suggesting B. juncea to be a better translocator of Pt under idealised conditions at low concentrations. Higher Pt uptake was also observed in acidic media, with a maximum at pH 2 for M. sativa and pH 3 for B. juncea, indicating the role of net surface charge on the bioaccumulation of Pt. Once sequestered Pt(II) was reduced to Pt(0) due to the action of local metabolites. TEM images of M. sativa root samples showed the in vivo formation of Pt nanoparticles between 3 and 100 nm in size and of varying morphologies in the epidermal root cells. In vivo Pt distribution profiles were assessed using proton induced X-ray emission ({mu}-PIXE) spectroscopy, which showed even distribution across all tissue systems (epidermal, cortical and vascular) within the roots of both M. sativa and B. juncea.

  2. Apoferritin-templated biosynthesis of manganese nanoparticles and investigation of direct electron transfer of MnNPs-HsAFr at modified glassy carbon electrode.

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    Rafipour, Ronak; Kashanian, Soheila; Hashemi, Sadegh; Omidfar, Kobra; Ezzati Nazhad Dolatabadi, Jafar

    2017-01-01

    Manganese nanoparticles (MnNPs) were created within horse spleen apoferritin (HsAFr) cavity nanotemplates. Transmission electron microscopy revealed the particle size to be 6 nm. Intrinsic fluorescence data showed that the mineralization acted as a quencher of the HsAFr fluorescence, and extrinsic fluorescence data revealed that the hydrophobic binding site at the surface of HsAFr was not changed. Finally, the MnNP-HsAFr was immobilized onto multiwalled carbon nanotubes entrapped into chitosan (CS) matrices by through sequential 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl) carbodiimide-N-hydroxysuccinimide and glutaraldehyde coupling. The MnNPs-HsAFr immobilized on CNT-CS/GC electrode was characterized by cyclic voltammetry. This charge transfer coefficient (α) and the exchange current (i0 ) of MnNPs-HsAFr immobilized on modified electrode in 0.1 M phosphate solution (pH 7.5) were found to be 0.57 and 0.48 μA, respectively. © 2015 International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.

  3. Visible light photoactivity of TiO{sub 2} loaded with monometallic (Au or Pt) and bimetallic (Au/Pt) nanoparticles

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    Gołąbiewska, Anna, E-mail: annagolabiewska@o2.pl [Department of Chemical Technology, Gdansk University of Technology, 80-233 Gdańsk (Poland); Lisowski, Wojciech [Mazovia Center for Surface Analysis, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, 01-224 Warsaw (Poland); Jarek, Marcin; Nowaczyk, Grzegorz [NanoBioMedical Center, Adam Mickiewicz University, Umultowska 85, 61-614 Poznań (Poland); Zielińska-Jurek, Anna; Zaleska, Adriana [Department of Chemical Technology, Gdansk University of Technology, 80-233 Gdańsk (Poland)

    2014-10-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Au/Pt nanoparticles enhanced TiO{sub 2} photocatalytic activity under visible irradiation. • Higher photoactivity of Au/Pt-TiO{sub 2} resulted from smaller Au/Pt particles. • Intermetallic state of AuPt favors charge transfer between the metals. • TiO{sub 2} obtained by TIP hydrolysis seems to be best matrix for Au/Pt-TiO{sub 2}. - Abstract: TiO{sub 2} modified with monometallic (Au or Pt) and bimetallic (Au/Pt) nanoparticles have been prepared using a water-in-oil microemulsion system (water/AOT/cyclohexane) followed by calcination step. The effect of metal ratio, reducing agent type (NaBH{sub 4} or N{sub 2}H{sub 4}), TiO{sub 2} matrix type (P-25, ST-01, TiO-5, TiO{sub 2} nanotubes or TiO{sub 2} obtained by TIP hydrolysis) as well as calcination temperature (from 350 to 650 °C) were systematically investigated. Obtained photocatalysts were characterized by UV–vis diffuse-reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), BET surface area measurements, scanning transmission microscopy (STEM), X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Photocatalytic activity under visible light (λ > 420 nm) has been estimated in phenol degradation reaction in aqueous phase. The results showed that phenol degradation rate under visible light in the presence of TiO{sub 2} loaded with Au/Pt nanoparticles differed from 0.7 to 2.2 μmol dm{sup −3} min{sup −1} for samples prepared using different reducing agent. Sodium borohydride (NaBH{sub 4}) favors formation of smaller Au/Pt nanoparticles and higher amount gold in Au/Pt is in the form of electronegative species (Au{sup δ−}) resulted in higher photoactivity. TiO{sub 2} obtained by TIP hydrolysis in microemulsion system seems to be the best support for Au/Pt nanoparticles from all among investigated matrix. It was also observed that enhancement of calcination temperature from 450 to 650 °C resulted in rapid drop of Au/Pt-TiO{sub 2} photoactivity under visible light

  4. Effect of Particle Morphology on the Ripening of Supported Pt Nanoparticles

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    Simonsen, Søren Bredmose; Chorkendorff, Ib; Dahl, Søren;

    2012-01-01

    To improve the understanding of sintering in diesel and lean-burn engine exhaust after-treatment catalysts, we examined oxygen-induced sintering in a model catalyst consisting of Pt nanoparticles supported on a planar, amorphous Al2O3 substrate. After aging at increasing temperatures, a transmiss...

  5. Effect of Particle Morphology on the Ripening of Supported Pt Nanoparticles

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    Simonsen, Søren Bredmose; Chorkendorff, Ib; Dahl, Søren;

    2012-01-01

    To improve the understanding of sintering in diesel and lean-burn engine exhaust after-treatment catalysts, we examined oxygen-induced sintering in a model catalyst consisting of Pt nanoparticles supported on a planar, amorphous Al2O3 substrate. After aging at increasing temperatures...

  6. Ethanol oxidation reaction activity of highly dispersed Pt/SnO{sub 2} double nanoparticles on carbon black

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    Higuchi, Eiji; Miyata, Kazumasa; Takase, Tomonori; Inoue, Hiroshi [Department of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan)

    2011-02-15

    Highly dispersed Pt and SnO{sub 2} double nanoparticles containing different Pt/Sn ratios (denoted as Pt/SnO{sub 2}/CB) were prepared on carbon black (CB) by the modified Boennemann method. The average size of Pt and SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles was 3.1 {+-} 0.5 nm and 2.5 {+-} 0.3 nm, respectively, in Pt/SnO{sub 2}(3:1)/CB, 3.0 {+-} 0.5 nm and 2.6 {+-} 0.3 nm, respectively, in Pt/SnO{sub 2}(1:1)/CB, and 2.8 {+-} 0.5 nm and 2.5 {+-} 0.3 nm, respectively, in Pt/SnO{sub 2}(1:3)/CB. The Pt/SnO{sub 2}(3:1)/CB electrode showed the highest specific activity and lowest overpotential for ethanol oxidation reaction (EOR), and was superior to a Pt/CB electrode. Current density for EOR at 0.40 and 0.60 V vs. reversible hydrogen electrode for the Pt/SnO{sub 2}(3:1)/CB electrode decayed more slowly than that for the Pt/CB electrode because of a synergistic effect between Pt and SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles. The predominant reaction product was acetic acid, and its current efficiency was about 70%, while that for CO{sub 2} production was about 30%. (author)

  7. Preparation of birnessite-supported pt nanoparticles and their application in catalytic oxidation of formaldehyde.

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    Liu, Linlin; Tian, Hua; He, Junhui; Wang, Donghui; Yang, Qiaowen

    2012-01-01

    Flaky and nanospherical birnessite and birnessite-supported Pt catalysts were successfully prepared and characterized by means of Xray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and N2 adsorption-desorption. Effects of the birnessite morphology and Pt reduction method on the catalytic activity for the complete oxidation of formaldehyde (HCHO) were investigated. It was found that flaky birnessite exhibited higher catalytic activity than nanospherical birnessite. The promoting effect of Pt on the birnessite catalyst indicated that the reduction method of the Pt precursor greatly influenced the catalytic performance. Flaky birnessite-supported Pt nanoparticles reduced by KBH4 showed the highest catalytic activity and could completely oxidize HCHO into CO2 and H20 at 50 degreesC, whereas the sample reduced using H2-plasma showed lower activity for HCHO oxidation. The differences in catalytic activity of these materials were jointly attributed to the effects of pore structure, surface active sites exposed to HCHO and the dispersion of Pt nanoparticles.

  8. (001) textured FePt thin films on spherical SiO{sub 2} nanoparticle template

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    Brombacher, Christoph; Schubert, Christian; Teichgraeber, Andreas; Hietschold, Michael; Albrecht, Manfred [Institute of Physics, TU Chemnitz, Chemnitz (Germany); Romer-Urban, Sara [Nanoscale Materials Science, Empa, Duebendorf (Switzerland); Maret, Mireille [Laboratoire de Thermodynamique et Physico-Chimie Metallurgiques, ENSEEG, Saint Martin d' Heres (France); Makarov, Denys [Department of Physics, University of Konstanz, Konstanz (Germany)

    2009-07-01

    Due to its high magnetocrystalline anisotropy and excellent corrosion resistance, FePt is considered one of the most promising candidates for future magnetic data storage devices. In this study, densely-packed arrays of SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles have been used as a template to create regular FePt nanostructures suitable for application as patterned media. The sputter deposited FePt film displays a chemically disordered fcc phase. Postannealing in a commercial RTA setup yields both a high ordering parameter and the desired (001) texture as shown by XRD and TEM. The heating rate, heating time and heating temperature have been optimized on planar SiO{sub 2} substrates, obtaining perpendicular magnetic anisotropy and coercivities of up to 2 T. Furthermore, the FePt films exhibit a strong dewetting behavior on both planar substrates and spherical nanoparticles. By tuning the thickness of the FePt layer, the characteristic length scales of the dewetting process can be controlled. This was used to create isolated FePt nanostructures on SiO{sub 2} particle arrays with periodicities down to 50 nm.

  9. Nickel-doped ceria nanoparticles for promoting catalytic activity of Pt/C for ethanol electrooxidation

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    Tan, Qiang; Du, Chunyu; Sun, Yongrong; Du, Lei; Yin, Geping; Gao, Yunzhi

    2014-10-01

    This paper reports the facile synthesis of monodispersed nickel-doped ceria nanoparticles by a thermal decomposition method, which is used to promote catalytic properties of Pt/C. The Pt/Ni-doped CeO2/C catalyst obtained exhibits remarkably high activity and stability towards the ethanol electrooxidation in acidic media. This is attributed to higher oxygen releasing capacity and stronger interaction of Ni-doped CeO2 with Pt than pure CeO2 nanoparticles that contribute positively to the removal of poisoning intermediates. We believe that the design concept and synthetic strategy of metal doped oxides used for fuel cell catalysts can be potentially extended to other catalytic fields.

  10. Platinum nanoparticles induce damage to DNA and inhibit DNA replication

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    Nejdl, Lukas; Kudr, Jiri; Moulick, Amitava; Hegerova, Dagmar; Ruttkay-Nedecky, Branislav; Gumulec, Jaromir; Cihalova, Kristyna; Smerkova, Kristyna; Dostalova, Simona; Krizkova, Sona; Novotna, Marie; Kopel, Pavel

    2017-01-01

    Sparsely tested group of platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs) may have a comparable effect as complex platinum compounds. The aim of this study was to observe the effect of PtNPs in in vitro amplification of DNA fragment of phage λ, on the bacterial cultures (Staphylococcus aureus), human foreskin fibroblasts and erythrocytes. In vitro synthesized PtNPs were characterized by dynamic light scattering (PtNPs size range 4.8–11.7 nm), zeta potential measurements (-15 mV at pH 7.4), X-ray fluorescence, UV/vis spectrophotometry and atomic absorption spectrometry. The PtNPs inhibited the DNA replication and affected the secondary structure of DNA at higher concentrations, which was confirmed by polymerase chain reaction, DNA sequencing and DNA denaturation experiments. Further, cisplatin (CisPt), as traditional chemotherapy agent, was used in all parallel experiments. Moreover, the encapsulation of PtNPs in liposomes (LipoPtNPs) caused an approximately 2.4x higher of DNA damage in comparison with CisPt, LipoCisPt and PtNPs. The encapsulation of PtNPs in liposomes also increased their antibacterial, cytostatic and cytotoxic effect, which was determined by the method of growth curves on S. aureus and HFF cells. In addition, both the bare and encapsulated PtNPs caused lower oxidative stress (determined by GSH/GSSG ratio) in the human erythrocytes compared to the bare and encapsulated CisPt. CisPt was used in all parallel experiments as traditional chemotherapy agent. PMID:28704436

  11. Fast response and recovery of hydrogen sensing in Pd-Pt nanoparticle-graphene composite layers

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    Kumar, Rakesh; Varandani, Deepak; Mehta, B. R.; Singh, V. N.; Wen, Zhenhai; Feng, Xinliang; Müllen, Klaus

    2011-07-01

    This study reports the fast response and recovery of hydrogen sensing in nanoparticle-graphene composite layers fabricated using chemical methods and comprising of isolated Pd alloy nanoparticles dispersed onto graphene layers. For 2% hydrogen at 40 °C and 1 atm pressure, a response time of Pd-Pt nanoparticle-graphene composite material are important for understanding the effect of gas adsorption on electronic conduction in graphene layers and for developing a new type of gas sensor based on changes in the electronic properties of the interface.

  12. Atomic Layer Deposition of Pt Nanoparticles for Microengine with Promoted Catalytic Motion.

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    Jiang, Chi; Huang, Gaoshan; Ding, Shi-Jin; Dong, Hongliang; Men, Chuanling; Mei, Yongfeng

    2016-12-01

    Nanoparticle-decorated tubular microengines were synthesized by a combination of rolled-up nanotechnology and atomic layer deposition. The presence of Pt nanoparticles with different sizes and distributions on the walls of microengines fabricated from bilayer nanomembranes with different materials results in promoted catalytic reaction efficiency, which leads to an ultrafast speed (the highest speed 3200 μm/s). The motion speed of the decorated microengines fits the theoretical model very well, suggesting that the larger surface area is mainly responsible for the acceleration of the motion speed. The high-speed nanoparticle-decorated microengines hold considerable promise for a variety of applications.

  13. Synthesis of thick mesoporous gamma-alumina films, loading of Pt nanoparticles, and use of the composite film as a reusable catalyst.

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    Dandapat, Anirban; Jana, Debrina; De, Goutam

    2009-04-01

    Nanocrystalline mesoporous gamma-Al2O3 film of high thickness has been developed and characterized. The films were prepared on ordinary glass substrates by a single dip-coating method using boehmite (AlOOH) sols derived from aluminum tri-sec-butoxide in presence of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as structure-directing agent. The dried films were heat-treated at 500 degrees C in air to remove the organics and strengthen the network. The GIXRD of the heat-treated (500 degrees C) film shows a broad peak in the low-angle region supporting the formation of worm-hole-like disordered mesostructures. The high-angle GIXRD, FTIR, and TEM of the films confirm the formation of gamma-Al2O3. N2 adsorption-desorption analyses showed that the heat-treated (500 degrees C) film has a BET surface area of 171 m(2) g(-1) with a pore volume of 0.188 cm(3) g(-1) and mean pore diameter 4.3 nm. Pt nanoparticles (NPs) (approximately 2.7 mol % with respect to the equivalent AlO(1.5)) were generated inside the mesopores of the heat-treated films simply by soaking H2PtCl6 solutions into it, and followed by thermal decomposition at 500 degrees C. The surface area and pore volume of the Pt-incorporated film have been reduced to 101 m(2) g(-1) and 0.119 cm(3) g(-1) respectively, confirming the inclusion of Pt NPs inside the pores. FESEM and TEM studies revealed uniform distribution of Pt NPs (2-8.5 nm; average diameter 4.9 nm) in the films. Catalytic properties of the Pt-incorporated films were investigated in two model (one inorganic and other organic) systems: reduction of hexacyanoferrate(III) ions by thiosulfate to ferrocyanide, and p-nitrophenol to p-aminophenol. In both the cases, the catalyst showed excellent activities, and the reduction reactions followed smoothly, showing isosbestic points in the UV-visible spectra. The catalyst films can be separated easily after the reactions and reused several times.

  14. Fabrication of Highly Stable and Efficient PtCu Alloy Nanoparticles on Highly Porous Carbon for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells.

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    Khan, Inayat Ali; Qian, Yuhong; Badshah, Amin; Zhao, Dan; Nadeem, Muhammad Arif

    2016-08-17

    Boosting the durability of Pt nanoparticles by controlling the composition and morphology is extremely important for fuel cells commercialization. We deposit the Pt-Cu alloy nanoparticles over high surface area carbon in different metallic molar ratios and optimize the conditions to achieve desired material. The novel bimetallic electro-catalyst {Pt-Cu/PC-950 (15:15%)} offers exceptional electrocatalytic activity when tested for both oxygen reduction reaction and methanol oxidation reactions. A high mass activity of 0.043 mA/μgPt (based on Pt mass) is recorded for ORR. An outstanding longevity of this electro-catalyst is noticed when compared to 20 wt % Pt loaded either on PC-950 or commercial carbon. The high surface area carbon support offers enhanced activity and prevents the nanoparticles from agglomeration, migration, and dissolution as evident by TEM analysis.

  15. Synthesis and characterization of magnetically hard Fe-Pt alloy nanoparticles and nano-islands

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    Hu, Xiaocao

    In this dissertation, we explored the fabrication of FePt nanoparticles and nano-islands with the face-centered tetragonal (fct, L10) phase prepared by both chemical synthesis routes and physical vapor deposition. Microstructure and magnetic properties characterizations were used to gain a fundamental understanding of the nano-structure formation and atomic ordering behavior and determine the possible applications in the next generation ultra-high density magnetic storage media. FePt nanoparticles prepared by thermal decomposition of iron pentacarbonyl [Fe(CO)5] have been widely investigated and by tuning the processing procedure monodispersed FePt nanoparticles with good assembly can be obtained. The as-made FePt nanoparticles are usually in the magnetically soft face-centered cubic (fcc) phase. To transformation to the fct phase, post-annealing at above 600°C is needed which, however, introduces undesirable agglomeration and sintering. To address this problem, we used three different fabrication processes which are discussed below. In the first fabrication experiment, the FePt nanoparticles were fabricated by a novel environmental friendly method involving crystalline saline complex hexaaquairon (II) hexachloroplatinate ([Fe(H2O)6]PtCl 6) with a special layered structure. Then the precursor was ball milled with NaCl and annealed at temperatures above 400°C under a reducing atmosphere of forming gas (95% Ar and 5% H2) FePt nanoparticles were obtained after washing away NaCl with deionized water. This method avoids the use of the very poisonous Fe(CO)5 and other organic solvents such as oleylamine and oleic acid. Instead, environmentally friendly NaCl and water were used. The size of FePt nanoparticles was controlled by varying the proportion of precursor and NaCl (from 10mg/20g to 50mg/20g). Particles with size in the range of 6.2--13.2 nm were obtained. All the nanoparticles annealed above 400°C are in the highly ordered fct phase with a coercivity range of 4

  16. One-step synthesis of PtPdAu ternary alloy nanoparticles on graphene with superior methanol electrooxidation activity

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    Zhang Yuzhen; Gu Yonge; Lin Shaoxiong; Wei Jinping; Wang Zaihua [Department of Chemistry, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Wang Chunming, E-mail: wangcm@lzu.edu.cn [Department of Chemistry, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Du Yongling; Ye Weichun [Department of Chemistry, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2011-10-01

    Highlights: > PtPdAu nanoparticles were synthesized on graphene sheets via chemical reduction method. > The prepared PtPdAu nanoparticles were ternary alloy with fcc structure. > The catalyst exhibited superior catalytic activity and stability for MOR in alkaline. - Abstract: Well-dispersed PtPdAu ternary alloy nanoparticles were synthesized on graphene sheets via a simple one-step chemical reduction method in ethylene glycol (EG) and water system, in which EG served as both reductive and dispersing agent. The electrocatalytic activity of PtPdAu/G was tested by methanol oxidation reaction (MOR). The catalyst was further characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD), which indicated that the as-synthesized PtPdAu nanoparticles with alloy structures were successfully dispersed on the graphene sheets. Electrocatalytic properties of the catalyst for MOR in alkaline have been investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV), chronoamperometry and Tafel curves. The electrocatalytic activity and stability of PtPdAu/G were superior to PtPd/G, PtAu/G and Pt/G. In addition, the anodic peak current on PtPdAu/G catalyst was proportional to the concentration of methanol in the range of 0.05-1.00 M. This study implies that the prepared catalyst have great potential applications in fuel cells.

  17. Low-temperature FCC to L10 phase transformation in CoPt(Bi nanoparticles

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    Frank M. Abel

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available This work is focused on the effects of Bi substitution on the synthesis of CoPt nanoparticles with the L10 structure using a modified organometallic approach. The structural and magnetic properties of the nanoparticles have been studied and compared directly with those of CoPt nanoparticles synthesized by the same technique but in the absence of Bi substitution. The as-synthesized particles at 330 °C have an average size of 11.7 nm and a partially ordered L10 phase with a coercivity of 1 kOe. The coercivity is increased to 9.3 kOe and 12.4 kOe after annealing for 1 hour at 600 and 700 °C. The structural and magnetic properties suggest that Bi promotes the formation of ordered L10 phase at low temperatures leading to the development of high coercivities.

  18. The functional dissection of the plasma corona of SiO₂-NPs spots histidine rich glycoprotein as a major player able to hamper nanoparticle capture by macrophages.

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    Fedeli, Chiara; Segat, Daniela; Tavano, Regina; Bubacco, Luigi; De Franceschi, Giorgia; de Laureto, Patrizia Polverino; Lubian, Elisa; Selvestrel, Francesco; Mancin, Fabrizio; Papini, Emanuele

    2015-11-14

    A coat of strongly-bound host proteins, or hard corona, may influence the biological and pharmacological features of nanotheranostics by altering their cell-interaction selectivity and macrophage clearance. With the goal of identifying specific corona-effectors, we investigated how the capture of amorphous silica nanoparticles (SiO2-NPs; Ø = 26 nm; zeta potential = -18.3 mV) by human lymphocytes, monocytes and macrophages is modulated by the prominent proteins of their plasma corona. LC MS/MS analysis, western blotting and quantitative SDS-PAGE densitometry show that Histidine Rich Glycoprotein (HRG) is the most abundant component of the SiO2-NP hard corona in excess plasma from humans (HP) and mice (MP), together with minor amounts of the homologous Kininogen-1 (Kin-1), while it is remarkably absent in their Foetal Calf Serum (FCS)-derived corona. HRG binds with high affinity to SiO2-NPs (HRG Kd ∼2 nM) and competes with other plasma proteins for the NP surface, so forming a stable and quite homogeneous corona inhibiting nanoparticles binding to the macrophage membrane and their subsequent uptake. Conversely, in the case of lymphocytes and monocytes not only HRG but also several common plasma proteins can interchange in this inhibitory activity. The depletion of HRG and Kin-1 from HP or their plasma exhaustion by increasing NP concentration (>40 μg ml(-1) in 10% HP) lead to a heterogeneous hard corona, mostly formed by fibrinogen (Fibr), HDLs, LDLs, IgGs, Kallikrein and several minor components, allowing nanoparticle binding to macrophages. Consistently, the FCS-derived SiO2-NP hard corona, mainly formed by hemoglobin, α2 macroglobulin and HDLs but lacking HRG, permits nanoparticle uptake by macrophages. Moreover, purified HRG competes with FCS proteins for the NP surface, inhibiting their recruitment in the corona and blocking NP macrophage capture. HRG, the main component of the plasma-derived SiO2-NPs' hard corona, has antiopsonin characteristics and

  19. High loading of uniformly dispersed Pt nanoparticles on polydopamine coated carbon nanotubes and its application in simultaneous determination of dopamine and uric acid

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    Lin, Mouhong; Huang, Haoliang; Liu, Yingju; Liang, Canjian; Fei, Shidong; Chen, Xiaofen; Ni, Chunlin

    2013-02-01

    Multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) were homogeneously covered with a bio-functional polydopamine (PDOP) by a simple dip-coating approach in mild basic solution. Then, uniformly dispersed and highly loaded platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs) were deposited on MWCNT@PDOP by a mild reductant, and were characterized by transmission electron microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Afterwards, this nanocomposite was modified on the glass carbon electrode and applied to simultaneously determine dopamine (DA) and uric acid (UA) by differential pulse voltammetry (DPV). Results showed that a linear electro-oxidation response was found for DA and UA in the range of 0.25-20 μM and 0.3-13 μM with the detection limit (S/N = 3) of 0.08 μM and 0.12 μM, respectively. In addition, the detection sensitivities for DA and UA by DPV were 1.03 μA μM-1 and 2.09 μA μM-1, respectively, which were much higher than those from a cyclic voltammogram. Finally, the reproducibility and stability of the nanocomposite were also evaluated, demonstrating that such MWCNT@PDOP@PtNPs can be a promising candidate for advanced electrode material in electrochemical sensing and other electrocatalytic applications.

  20. High loading of uniformly dispersed Pt nanoparticles on polydopamine coated carbon nanotubes and its application in simultaneous determination of dopamine and uric acid.

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    Lin, Mouhong; Huang, Haoliang; Liu, Yingju; Liang, Canjian; Fei, Shidong; Chen, Xiaofen; Ni, Chunlin

    2013-02-15

    Multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) were homogeneously covered with a bio-functional polydopamine (PDOP) by a simple dip-coating approach in mild basic solution. Then, uniformly dispersed and highly loaded platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs) were deposited on MWCNT@PDOP by a mild reductant, and were characterized by transmission electron microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Afterwards, this nanocomposite was modified on the glass carbon electrode and applied to simultaneously determine dopamine (DA) and uric acid (UA) by differential pulse voltammetry (DPV). Results showed that a linear electro-oxidation response was found for DA and UA in the range of 0.25-20 μM and 0.3-13 μM with the detection limit (S/N = 3) of 0.08 μM and 0.12 μM, respectively. In addition, the detection sensitivities for DA and UA by DPV were 1.03 μA μM(-1) and 2.09 μA μM(-1), respectively, which were much higher than those from a cyclic voltammogram. Finally, the reproducibility and stability of the nanocomposite were also evaluated, demonstrating that such MWCNT@PDOP@PtNPs can be a promising candidate for advanced electrode material in electrochemical sensing and other electrocatalytic applications.

  1. Spectroscopic study of tetradecyltrimethylammonium bromide Pt-C14TAB nanoparticles: Structure and Stability

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    Borodko, Y.; Jones, L.; Frei, H.; Somorjai, G.

    2009-01-09

    The vibrational spectra of platinum nanoparticles (12 nm) capped with tetradecyltrimethylammonium bromide, C{sub 14}TAB, were investigated by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. We have shown that the thermal decay of Pt-C{sub 14}TAB nanoparticles in N{sub 2}, H{sub 2} and O{sub 2} atmospheres leads to the release of hydrocarbon chain of surfactant and the formation of strongly bonded layer of ammonium cations on the platinum surface. The platinum atoms accessible to CO chemisorptions were not reducible by hydrogen in the temperature ranging from 30 C to 200 C. A FTIR spectrum of C{sub 14}TAB adsorbed on Pt nanoparticles dramatically perturbed as compared with pure C{sub 14}TAB. New intense and broad bands centered at 1450 cm{sup -1} and 760 cm{sup -1} are making their appearance in Pt-C{sub 14}TAB. It may be speculated, that new bands are result of coupling between conducting electrons of Pt and molecular vibrations of adsorbed C{sub 14}TAB and as a consequence specific vibrational modes of ammonium cation transformed into electron-vibrational modes.

  2. Photosensitive Pt(IV)-azide prodrug-loaded nanoparticles exhibit controlled drug release and enhanced efficacy in vivo.

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    Xiao, Haihua; Noble, Gavin T; Stefanick, Jared F; Qi, Ruogu; Kiziltepe, Tanyel; Jing, Xiabin; Bilgicer, Basar

    2014-01-10

    Cisplatin has long been the first line of treatment for a variety of solid tumors. However, poor pharmacokinetics and high incidences of resistance in the clinic have motivated the production of numerous alternative Pt-based anticancer species. Recently, photosensitive Pt(IV) complexes have garnered much interest because they offer a method of selective induction of active Pt(II) at the tumor site by UVA irradiation. Here, we report the first synthesis, in vitro and in vivo characterization of a novel series of photosensitive Pt(IV)–azide prodrugs and micellar nanoparticle formulations thereof. Upon mild UVA irradiation, both free Pt(IV) complexes and micellar nanoparticles rapidly released biologically active Pt(II), capable of binding to 5′-GMP,while remaining extremely stable in the dark. In vitro, uptake of photosensitive Pt(IV) prodrugs by ovarian cancer SKOV-3 cells was greatly enhanced with the micellar nanoparticles compared to their free prodrug analogs, as well as cisplatin and oxaliplatin. Increased cytotoxicity was observed upon UVA treatment, with up to a 13-fold enhancement over oxaliplatin for the micellar nanoparticles. In vivo bioavailability of micellar nanoparticles was enhanced ~10 fold over free Pt(IV) prodrugs. Importantly, micellar nanoparticles demonstrated significantly improved efficacy against H22 murine hepatocarcinoma, showing decreased systemic toxicity and increased tumor growth inhibition relative to small molecule drugs. These findings establish that photosensitive Pt(IV) complexes, specifically when formulated into micellar nanoparticles, have the potential to offer a robust platform for the controlled delivery and selective activation of Pt-based anticancer therapeutics.

  3. Synthesis of nanostructured lean-NO x catalysts by direct laser deposition of monometallic Pt-, Rh- and bimetallic PtRh-nanoparticles on SiO2 support

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    Savastenko, N.; Volpp, H.-R.; Gerlach, O.; Strehlau, W.

    2008-02-01

    Monometallic Pt and Rh and bimetallic PtRh catalysts with a highly dispersed noble metal weight loading of ca. 1 wt% were produced via the direct deposition of nanoparticles on different SiO2 supports by means of pulsed ultra-violet (248 nm) excimer laser ablation of Pt, Rh bulk metal and PtRh alloy targets. Backscattered electron microscopy (BSE), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were employed to characterize the deposited nanoparticles, which were found to exhibit narrow size distribution centred around 2.5 nm. The catalytic activities for lean NO x reduction of the monometallic and bimetallic catalyst samples were investigated in a flow reactor setup in the temperature range 100-400°C using a test gas mixture representative of oxygen rich diesel engine exhaust gas. For comparison a Rh/SiO2 reference catalyst prepared by a conventional impregnation method was also tested. Further experiments were performed in which PtRh nanoparticles were deposited on a Rh/SiO2 reference catalyst sample to study the possibility for controlled modification of its activity. The catalytic activity measurements revealed that among the samples solely prepared by laser deposition the PtRh-SiO2 nanoparticle catalyst showed the highest activity for NO x reduction at low temperatures 100-300°C. In addition, it could be demonstrated that the initially low NO x reduction activity and the N2 selectivity of the Rh/SiO2 reference catalyst sample for temperatures below 250°C can be enhanced by post laser deposition of PtRh nanoparticles.

  4. The functional dissection of the plasma corona of SiO2-NPs spots histidine rich glycoprotein as a major player able to hamper nanoparticle capture by macrophages

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    Fedeli, Chiara; Segat, Daniela; Tavano, Regina; Bubacco, Luigi; de Franceschi, Giorgia; de Laureto, Patrizia Polverino; Lubian, Elisa; Selvestrel, Francesco; Mancin, Fabrizio; Papini, Emanuele

    2015-10-01

    A coat of strongly-bound host proteins, or hard corona, may influence the biological and pharmacological features of nanotheranostics by altering their cell-interaction selectivity and macrophage clearance. With the goal of identifying specific corona-effectors, we investigated how the capture of amorphous silica nanoparticles (SiO2-NPs; Ø = 26 nm; zeta potential = -18.3 mV) by human lymphocytes, monocytes and macrophages is modulated by the prominent proteins of their plasma corona. LC MS/MS analysis, western blotting and quantitative SDS-PAGE densitometry show that Histidine Rich Glycoprotein (HRG) is the most abundant component of the SiO2-NP hard corona in excess plasma from humans (HP) and mice (MP), together with minor amounts of the homologous Kininogen-1 (Kin-1), while it is remarkably absent in their Foetal Calf Serum (FCS)-derived corona. HRG binds with high affinity to SiO2-NPs (HRG Kd ~2 nM) and competes with other plasma proteins for the NP surface, so forming a stable and quite homogeneous corona inhibiting nanoparticles binding to the macrophage membrane and their subsequent uptake. Conversely, in the case of lymphocytes and monocytes not only HRG but also several common plasma proteins can interchange in this inhibitory activity. The depletion of HRG and Kin-1 from HP or their plasma exhaustion by increasing NP concentration (>40 μg ml-1 in 10% HP) lead to a heterogeneous hard corona, mostly formed by fibrinogen (Fibr), HDLs, LDLs, IgGs, Kallikrein and several minor components, allowing nanoparticle binding to macrophages. Consistently, the FCS-derived SiO2-NP hard corona, mainly formed by hemoglobin, α2 macroglobulin and HDLs but lacking HRG, permits nanoparticle uptake by macrophages. Moreover, purified HRG competes with FCS proteins for the NP surface, inhibiting their recruitment in the corona and blocking NP macrophage capture. HRG, the main component of the plasma-derived SiO2-NPs' hard corona, has antiopsonin characteristics and uniquely

  5. AuPt Alloy Nanostructures with Tunable Composition and Enzyme-like Activities for Colorimetric Detection of Bisulfide

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    He, Weiwei; Han, Xiangna; Jia, Huimin; Cai, Junhui; Zhou, Yunlong; Zheng, Zhi

    2017-01-01

    Tuning the enzyme-like activity and studying the interaction between biologically relevant species and nano-enzymes may facilitate the applications of nanostructures in mimicking natural enzymes. In this work, AuPt alloy nanoparticles (NPs) with varying compositions were prepared through a facile method by co-reduction of Au3+ and Pt2+ in aqueous solutions. The composition could be tuned easily by adjusting the molar ratios of added Pt2+ to Au3+. It was found that both peroxidase-like and oxidase-like activity of AuPt alloy NPs were highly dependent on the alloy compositions, which thus suggesting an effective way to tailor their catalytic properties. By investigating the inhibitory effects of HS- on the enzyme-like activity of AuPt alloy NPs and natural enzyme, we have developed a method for colorimetric detection of HS- and evaluation of the inhibiting effects of inhibitors on natural and artificial enzymes. In addition, the responsive ability of this method was influenced largely by the composition: AuPt alloy NPs show much lower limit of detection for HS- than Pt NPs while Pt NPs show wider linear range than AuPt alloy NPs. This study suggests the facile way not only for synthesis of alloy nanostructures, but also for tuning their catalytic activities and for use in bioanalysis.

  6. Mixed-PtPd-shell PtPdCu nanoparticle nanotubes templated from copper nanowires as efficient and highly durable electrocatalysts

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    Li, Hui-Hui; Cui, Chun-Hua; Zhao, Shuo; Yao, Hong-Bin; Gao, Min-Rui; Fan, Feng-Jia; Yu, Shu-Hong [National Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Div. of Nanomaterials and Chemistry, Heifei National Lab. for Physical, Sciences at Microscale (China)

    2012-10-15

    The controlled synthesis of mixed-PtPd-shell PtPdCu-alloy nanoparticle nanotubes (ANNTs) is demonstrated by galvanic displacement with partially sacrificial copper-nanowire templates, and following the electrochemical leaching of the non-noble metal Cu in the acidic electrolyte. These core-shell catalysts significantly reduce the amount of expensive Pt and highly improve the electrocatalytic activity and durability through their modified electronic structure, atomic distribution, and 1D structure property. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  7. High Pt Loading on Polydopamine Functionalized Graphene as a High Performance Cathode Electrocatalyst for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells

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    Monireh Faraji; Hussein Gharibi; Masoumeh Javaheri

    2016-01-01

    Morphology and size of platinum nanoparticles are a crucial factor in improving their catalytic activity and stability. Here, we firstly report the synthesis of high loading Pt nanoparticles on polydopamine reduced Graphene. The loading concentration of Pt (nanoparticles) NPs on Graphene can be adjusted in the range of 60-70%.With the insertion of polydopamine between Graphene oxide sheets, stacking of Graphene can be effectively prevented, promoting diffusion of oxygen molecules through the ...

  8. Highly dispersed Pt-Ni nanoparticles on nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes for application in direct methanol fuel cells.

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    Jiang, Shujuan; Ma, Yanwen; Tao, Haisheng; Jian, Guoqiang; Wang, Xizhang; Fan, Yining; Zhu, Jianmin; Hu, Zheng

    2010-06-01

    Binary Pt-Ni alloyed nanoparticles supported on nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes (NCNTs) have been facilely constructed without pre-modification by making use of the active sites in NCNTs due to the N-participation. So-obtained binary Pt-Ni alloyed nanoparticles have been highly dispersed on the outer surface of the support with the size of about 3-4 nm. The electrochemical properties of the catalysts for methanol oxidation have been systematically evaluated. Binary Pt-Ni alloyed composites with molar ratio (Pt:Ni) of 3:2 and 3:1 present enhanced electrocatalytic activities and improved tolerance to CO poisoning as well as the similar stability, in comparison with the commercial Pt/C catalyst and the monometallic Pt/NCNTs catalysts. These results imply that so-constructed nanocomposite catalysts have the potential for applications in direct methanol fuel cells.

  9. Electrochemical Detection of Hydroxylamine via Au-Pt Alloy Nanoparticle-modified Single-walled Carbon Nanotube Electrodes.

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    Geng, Yanfang; Ko, Euna; Tran, Van-Khue; Chung, Woo Sung; Park, Chan Ho; Kim, Min Ki; Jin, Ga Hyun; Seong, Gi Hun

    2017-01-01

    In the present study, we developed an electrochemical sensor for highly sensitive detection of hydroxylamine using Au-Pt alloy nanoparticles. Au-Pt alloy nanoparticles were electrochemically deposited on a working electrode made of single-walled carbon nanotubes. The framework composition in the Au-Pt alloy nanoparticle was easily controlled by adjusting the Au(3+):Pt(4+) composition ratio in the precursor solution. Morphological and chemical characterizations of the resulting Au-Pt alloy nanoparticles were performed using field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and energy dispersion X-ray spectroscopy. When the Au(3+):Pt(4+) ratio in the precursor solution was 1:5, the ratio of Au:Pt atom in alloy nanoparticle was about 6:4. Au60Pt40 alloy nanoparticles were found to have the optimum synthetic ratio for hydroxylamine detection. The electrocatalytic performance of Au-Pt alloy nanoparticles in the presence of hydroxylamine was also characterized using cyclic voltammetry, differential pulse voltammetry, and chronoamperometry. In the chronoamperometric detection of hydroxylamine, the sensor exhibited a detection limit of 0.80 μM (S/N = 3) and a high sensitivity of 184 μA mM(-1) cm(-2). Moreover, the amperometric response of the sensor in 1 mM hydroxylamine was stable for a long time (450 s). Long-term stability tests showed that the current responses to hydroxylamine were 96, 91 and 85% of the initial signal value after storage for 5, 10, and 20 days, respectively.

  10. Array Formation and Size Effects in Chemically Synthesized FePt Nanoparticles

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    Colak, Levent; Hadjipanayis, George

    2007-03-01

    FePt nanoparticles with controlled size have been synthesized following a route given by Shukla et. al.[1] The effect of particle size on the magnetic properties has been investigated for nanoparticles with sizes of 3.0 and 6.0 nm. With the addition of the surfactants at a later stage of preparation, a long range self-assembled array of particles was obtained as evidenced by transmission electron microscope (TEM). By comparing bright field images of the samples with projected potential image simulations^ [2], the packing structures and stacking sequences of the arrays were identified. Well-aligned mono and multi layered hcp to bcc nanostructures are formed from 5 nm FePt nanoparticles. Subjecting the NP's to thermal processing at 800 ^oC results in a transformation of the nanoparticles from the disordered fcc phase to the ordered L10 phase. HRTEM studies have been carried out to investigate the development of particle morphology and microstructure during the synthesis and subsequent annealing of nanoparticles. 1. N. Shukla, C. Liu, A. G. Roy, Matt. Lett. 60, 2006, 995-998. 2. S. Yamamuro, D. F. Farrell and S. A. Majetich, Phys. Rev. B 65, 224431 (2002).

  11. Functional link between surface low-coordination sites and the electrochemical durability of Pt nanoparticles

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    Chung, Dong Young; Shin, Heejong; Yoo, Ji Mun; Lee, Kug-Seung; Lee, Nam-Suk; Kang, Kisuk; Sung, Yung-Eun

    2016-12-01

    A promising strategy for achieving enhanced catalytic activity involves the use of nanoscale electrocatalysts; however, their low stability remains a major challenge. Among the various performance-degradation mechanisms, atomic dissolution is known to cause severe nanoparticle deactivation. To date, the factors influencing these catalysts' durability are not understood. Herein, we assess the role of low-coordination surface sites, focusing on the atomic dissolution of Pt nanoparticles. The density of low-coordination sites was finely controlled, and no significant size change occurred. Based on our findings, we suggest that the initial low-coordination sites trigger metal dissolution, which subsequently accelerates Pt dissolution. We believe that controlling the surface coordination number can open new routes for the design of highly durable nanoscale electrocatalysts.

  12. The Effect of PtRuIr Nanoparticle Crystallinity in Electrocatalytic Methanol Oxidation

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    Vladimir Linkov

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Two structural forms of a ternary alloy PtRuIr/C catalyst, one amorphous and one highly crystalline, were synthesized and compared to determine the effect of their respective structures on their activity and stability as anodic catalysts in methanol oxidation. Characterization techniques included TEM, XRD, and EDX. Electrochemical analysis using a glassy carbon disk electrode for cyclic voltammogram and chronoamperometry were tested in a solution of 0.5 mol L−1 CH3OH and 0.5 mol L−1 H2SO4. Amorphous PtRuIr/C catalyst was found to have a larger electrochemical surface area, while the crystalline PtRuIr/C catalyst had both a higher activity in methanol oxidation and increased CO poisoning rate. Crystallinity of the active alloy nanoparticles has a big impact on both methanol oxidation activity and in the CO poisoning rate.

  13. Effect of Pt Nanoparticles on the Photocatalytic Activity of ZnO Nanofibers

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    Di Mauro, Alessandro; Zimbone, Massimo; Scuderi, Mario; Nicotra, Giuseppe; Fragalà, Maria Elena; Impellizzeri, Giuliana

    2015-12-01

    For this study, we originally realized ZnO nanofibers (˜50 nm in mean radius) mixed with Pt nanoparticles (˜30 nm in mean radius), prepared by pulsed laser ablation in liquid, and investigated their photocatalytic performance. The material was synthesized by the simple electrospinning method coupled with subsequent thermal treatments. Methylene blue was employed as a representative dye pollutant to evaluate the photocatalytic activity of the nanofibers. It was found that the Pt-ZnO fibers exhibit a photodegradation reaction rate that is ˜40 % higher than the one obtained for reference ZnO fibers. These encouraging results demonstrate that Pt-ZnO nanofibers can be fruitfully applied for environmental applications.

  14. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering characteristics of nanogaps formed by a flat Ag substrate and spherical Pt nanoparticles.

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    Kim, Kwan; Lee, Hyang Bong; Shin, Kuan Soo

    2013-01-01

    We estimated the apparent size of the 'hot site' for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) located within the gaps between Pt nanoparticles and a flat Ag substrate. Initially, no Raman peaks were detected for 4-aminobenzenethiol (4-ABT) on a flat Ag substrate. Upon attaching 68 nm-sized Pt nanoparticles onto the amine group of 4-ABT (thus denoted as Pt-4-ABT/Ag(flat)), Raman peaks were distinctly observed, not only with the excitation at 488 nm but also with the excitation at 632.8 nm. This means that electromagnetic 'hot site' had formed at the gaps between Pt nanoparticles and a flat Ag substrate. When 4-ABT molecules were adsorbed additionally onto the vacant sites of Pt nanoparticles in Pt-4-ABT/Ag(flat), the Raman signal did not increase further, suggesting that the SERS 'hot site' was very limited and located mostly at the gaps between Pt nanoparticles and a flat Ag substrate, in agreement with the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) calculation. To a rough estimate, about 1000 molecules residing only within a ~15 nm diameter area of the center of the gap must have contributed most of the measured Raman signal of 4-ABT.

  15. Characterization of Au and Bimetallic PtAu Nanoparticles on PDDA-Graphene Sheets as Electrocatalysts for Formic Acid Oxidation

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    Yung, Tung-Yuan; Liu, Ting-Yu; Huang, Li-Ying; Wang, Kuan-Syun; Tzou, Huei-Ming; Chen, Po-Tuan; Chao, Chi-Yang; Liu, Ling-Kang

    2015-09-01

    Nanocomposite materials of the Au nanoparticles (Au/PDDA-G) and the bimetallic PtAu nanoparticles on poly-(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA)-modified graphene sheets (PtAu/PDDA-G) were prepared with hydrothermal method at 90 °C for 24 h. The composite materials Au/PDDA-G and PtAu/PDDA-G were evaluated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) for exploring the structural characterization for the electrochemical catalysis. According to TEM results, the diameter of Au and bimetallic PtAu nanoparticles is about 20-50 and 5-10 nm, respectively. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results indicate that both of PtAu and Au nanoparticles exhibit the crystalline plane of (111), (200), (210), and (311). Furthermore, XRD data also show the 2°-3° difference between pristine graphene sheets and the PDDA-modified graphene sheets. For the catalytic activity tests of Au/PDDA-G and PtAu/PDDA-G, the mixture of 0.5 M aqueous H2SO4 and 0.5 M aqueous formic acid was used as model to evaluate the electrochemical characterizations. The catalytic activities of the novel bimetallic PtAu/graphene electrocatalyst would be anticipated to be superior to the previous electrocatalyst of the cubic Pt/graphene.

  16. Characterization of Au and Bimetallic PtAu Nanoparticles on PDDA-Graphene Sheets as Electrocatalysts for Formic Acid Oxidation.

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    Yung, Tung-Yuan; Liu, Ting-Yu; Huang, Li-Ying; Wang, Kuan-Syun; Tzou, Huei-Ming; Chen, Po-Tuan; Chao, Chi-Yang; Liu, Ling-Kang

    2015-12-01

    Nanocomposite materials of the Au nanoparticles (Au/PDDA-G) and the bimetallic PtAu nanoparticles on poly-(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA)-modified graphene sheets (PtAu/PDDA-G) were prepared with hydrothermal method at 90 °C for 24 h. The composite materials Au/PDDA-G and PtAu/PDDA-G were evaluated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) for exploring the structural characterization for the electrochemical catalysis. According to TEM results, the diameter of Au and bimetallic PtAu nanoparticles is about 20-50 and 5-10 nm, respectively. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results indicate that both of PtAu and Au nanoparticles exhibit the crystalline plane of (111), (200), (210), and (311). Furthermore, XRD data also show the 2°-3° difference between pristine graphene sheets and the PDDA-modified graphene sheets. For the catalytic activity tests of Au/PDDA-G and PtAu/PDDA-G, the mixture of 0.5 M aqueous H2SO4 and 0.5 M aqueous formic acid was used as model to evaluate the electrochemical characterizations. The catalytic activities of the novel bimetallic PtAu/graphene electrocatalyst would be anticipated to be superior to the previous electrocatalyst of the cubic Pt/graphene.

  17. Alloy ratio effect of Pd/Pt nanoparticles on carbon nanotubes for catalysing methanol-tolerant oxygen reduction

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    Lee, Chien-Liang, E-mail: cl_lee@url.com.t [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, National Kaohsiung University of Applied Science, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (China); Chiou, Hsueh-Ping; Wu, Shi-Chi; Wu, Chen-Chung [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, National Kaohsiung University of Applied Science, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (China)

    2010-12-30

    Pd{sub 1}Pt{sub 3}, Pd{sub 1}Pt{sub 1}, and Pd{sub 3}Pt{sub 1} nanoparticles supported on multi-wall carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were prepared by the self-regulation reduction of sodium n-dodecyl sulphate and used as catalysts in oxygen reduction reactions (ORRs). The crystal properties of these alloy nanoparticles on the CNT were measured by X-ray diffraction spectroscopy (XRD) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The angle shifting of the XRD peak and the lattice spacing of the nanoparticles measured by HRTEM increased with an increase in Pd amount, indicating a regulable Pd-Pt ratio for the alloy nanoparticle composition. Rotating ring-disk electrode (RRDE) measurements indicate that the number of electrons catalysed by the Pd{sub 1}Pt{sub 3}/CNT, Pd{sub 1}Pt{sub 1}/CNT, and Pd{sub 3}Pt{sub 1}/CNT nanocatalysts in the ORRs were 3.98, 3.97, and 3.93, respectively. These results show that these ORRs occur via a 4-electron pathway. Linearly scanned voltammetry in the electrolyte with methanol revealed that Pd{sub 3}Pt{sub 1}/CNT has high methanol tolerance during ORRs.

  18. One-pot synthesis of FePt/CNTs nanocomposites for efficient cellular imaging and cancer therapy

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    Chen, Weihong; Zheng, Xiuwen, E-mail: xwzheng1976@163.com [Linyi University, School of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Shandong Provincial Key Laboratory of Detection Technology for Tumor Makers (China); Li, Shulian [Linyi Tumor Hospital (China); Zhang, Wei; Wen, Xin [Linyi University, School of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Shandong Provincial Key Laboratory of Detection Technology for Tumor Makers (China); Yue, Ludan [Shandong Normal University (China); Wang, Jinlong [Shandong University of Technology (China)

    2015-11-15

    Here, we developed a facile route to synthesize carbon nanotube-based FePt nanocomposites (FePt/CNTs) as a potential theranostic platform in the cancer treatment. FePt/CNTs were firstly synthesized via one-pot polyol route, and then functionalized with 6-arm-polyethylene glycol-amine polymer. The average size of FePt nanoparticles (NPs) is 3–4 nm, which is dispersed on the CNT surface (ca.50–150 nm). The as-prepared FePt NPs display high cytotoxicity by highly reactive oxygen species in cancer cells. Folic acid and fluorescein isothiocyanate are assembled onto the surface of FePt/CNTs for effective targeting of folate receptor-positive cancer cells and simultaneously for the visualization of cellular uptake. Therefore, the FePt/CNTs NPs capability of simultaneously performing diagnosis, therapy, and targeting is, therefore, promising for future potential widespread application in biomedicine.

  19. A Novel Cholesterol Oxidase Biosensor Based on Pt-nanoparticle /Carbon Nanotube Modified Electrode

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    Qiao Cui SHI; Tu Zhi PENG

    2005-01-01

    A Pt-nanoparticle/carbon nanotube modified graphite electrode immobilized with cholesterol oxidase/sol-gel layer was developed for monitoring cholesterol. Using this electrode,cholesterol concentration (4.0×10-6 to 1.0×10 mol/L) could be determined accurately in the presence of ascorbic or uric acid, and the response time was rapid (< 20 s). This biosensor has high sensitivity and selectivity.

  20. XMCD study of CoPt nanoparticles embedded in MgO and amorphous carbon matrices

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    Tournus, F. [Universite de Lyon, F-69000, France and Univ. Lyon 1, Laboratoire PMCN, CNRS, UMR 5586, F69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France)], E-mail: ftournus@lpmcn.univ-lyon1.fr; Blanc, N.; Tamion, A. [Universite de Lyon, F-69000, France and Univ. Lyon 1, Laboratoire PMCN, CNRS, UMR 5586, F69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Ohresser, P. [Synchrotron SOLEIL, BP 48, 91192 Gif sur Yvette (France); Perez, A.; Dupuis, V. [Universite de Lyon, F-69000, France and Univ. Lyon 1, Laboratoire PMCN, CNRS, UMR 5586, F69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France)

    2008-11-15

    We report the synthesis and characterization of CoPt nanoparticles, using X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) at the Co L{sub 2,3} edges. Clusters are produced in ultra-high vacuum conditions, following a physical route, and embedded in non-metallic matrices: MgO and amorphous carbon (a-C). In MgO, Co atoms are partially oxidized, which goes with a {mu}{sub L}/{mu}{sub S} enhancement. On the contrary, a-C appears as a very suitable matrix. In particular, annealing of CoPt cluster embedded in a-C is able to promote L 1{sub 0} chemical order, without alteration of the sample. This transformation, which has been directly evidenced by transmission electron microscopy observations, is accompanied by a striking augmentation of {mu}{sub S}, {mu}{sub L} and the {mu}{sub L}/{mu}{sub S} ratio of Co. The presence of Pt leads to an enhanced Co magnetic moment, as compared to Co bulk, even for the chemically disordered alloy. Moreover, the high value of 1.91{mu}{sub B}/at. measured for {mu}{sub S} is unusual for Co and must be a signature of chemical order in CoPt alloy nanoparticles.

  1. Characterization and formic acid oxidation studies of PtAu nanoparticles.

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    Saipanya, Surin; Srisombat, Laongnuan; Wongtap, Pitak; Sarakonsri, Thapanee

    2014-10-01

    Characterization and electrocatalytic oxidation of formic acid on PtAu nanoparticles supported multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) were studied. Electrochemical measurements were conducted in a self-made conventional three-electrode glass cell at room temperature. A Pt wire and Ag/AgCl were used as auxiliary and reference electrodes, respectively. The Pt was electrodeposited onto the electrode and their catalytic activities in the electrooxidation of formic acid were examined and compared. The morphology and composition were studied by a combination of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). Cyclic voltamograms of formic acid electrooxidation show a distinguishing shape with a prominent oxidation peak in the forward scan contributed to the formic acid oxidation whilst the backward scan is associated with the oxidation of exclusion of carbonaceous species. On the basis of the onset potential and current density, the resulting PtAu nanoparticles showed much higher electrocatalytic activity than other counterparts. The results show an excellent sign of applications for fuel cell.

  2. Preparation and characterization of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-Pt nanoparticles

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    Andrade, Ângela Leão, E-mail: angelala01@hotmail.com [Federal University of Ouro Preto (UFOP), Department of Chemistry, ICEB (Brazil); Cavalcante, Luis Carlos Duarte [Federal University of Piauí (UFPI), Center of Natural Sciences (Brazil); Fabris, José Domingos [Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Department of Chemistry, ICEx (Brazil); Pereira, Márcio César [Federal University of the Jequitinhonha and Mucuri Valleys (UFVJM), Institute of Science, Engineering and Technology (Brazil); Ardisson, José Domingos [Center for the Development of the Nuclear Technology (CDTN), Laboratory of Applied Physics (Brazil); Domingues, Rosana Zacarias [Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Department of Chemistry, ICEx (Brazil)

    2017-11-15

    Pt and Pt-based nanomaterials are active anticancer drugs for their ability to inhibit the division of living cells. Nanoparticles of magnetite containing variable proportions of platinum were prepared in the laboratory. The magnetite nanoparticles with platinum (Pt-Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) were obtained by reducing the Fe{sup 3+} of the maghemite (γ Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) mixed with platinum (II) acetylacetonate and sucrose in two inversely coupled ceramic crucibles and heated in a furnace at 400 °C for 20 min. The formed carbon during this preparation acts to chemically reduce the ferric iron in maghemite. Moreover, its residual layer on the particle surface prevents the forming magnetite from oxidizing in air and helps retain the platinum in the solid mixture. The produced Pt-magnetite samples were characterized by {sup 57}Fe-Mössbauer spectroscopy, powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and magnetization measurements. Measurements of AC magnetic-field-induced heating properties of the obtained nanocomposites, in aqueous solution, showed that they are suitable as a hyperthermia agent for biological applications.

  3. WO3/Pt nanoparticles are NADPH oxidase biomimetics that mimic effector cells in vitro and in vivo.

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    Clark, Andrea J; Coury, Emma L; Meilhac, Alexandra M; Petty, Howard R

    2016-02-12

    To provide a means of delivering an artificial immune effector cell-like attack on tumor cells, we report the tumoricidal ability of inorganic WO3/Pt nanoparticles that mimic a leukocyte's functional abilities. These nanoparticles route electrons from organic structures and electron carriers to form hydroxyl radicals within tumor cells. During visible light exposure, WO3/Pt nanoparticles manufacture hydroxyl radicals, degrade organic compounds, use NADPH, trigger lipid peroxidation, promote lysosomal membrane disruption, promote the loss of reduced glutathione, and activate apoptosis. In a model of advanced breast cancer metastasis to the eye's anterior chamber, we show that WO3/Pt nanoparticles prolong the survival of 4T1 tumor-bearing Balb/c mice. This new generation of inorganic photosensitizers do not photobleach, and therefore should provide an important therapeutic advance in photodynamic therapy. As biomimetic nanoparticles destroy targeted cells, they may be useful in treating ocular and other forms of cancer.

  4. Designed nanostructured pt film for electrocatalytic activities by underpotential deposition combined chemical replacement techniques.

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    Huang, Minghua; Jin, Yongdong; Jiang, Heqing; Sun, Xuping; Chen, Hongjun; Liu, Baifeng; Wang, Erkang; Dong, Shaojun

    2005-08-18

    Multiple-deposited Pt overlayer modified Pt nanoparticle (MD-Pt overlayer/PtNPs) films were deliberately constructed on glassy carbon electrodes through alternately multiple underpotential deposition (UPD) of Ag followed redox replacement reaction by Pt (II) cations. The linear and regular growth of the films characterized by cyclic voltammetry was observed. Atomic force spectroscopy (AFM) provides the surface morphology of the nanostructured Pt films. Rotating disk electrode (RDE) voltammetry and rotating ring-disk electrode (RRDE) voltammetry demonstrate that the MD-Pt overlayer/PtNPs films can catalyze an almost four-electron reduction of O(2) to H(2)O in air-saturated 0.1 M H(2)SO(4). Thus-prepared Pt films behave as novel nanostructured electrocatalysts for dioxygen reduction and hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) with enhanced electrocatalytic activities, in terms of both reduction peak potential and peak current, when compared to that of the bulk polycrystalline Pt electrode. Additionally, it is noted that after multiple replacement cycles, the electrocatalytic activities improved remarkably, although the increased amount of Pt is very low in comparison to that of pre-modified PtNPs due to the intrinsic feature of the UPD-redox replacement technique. In other words, the electrocatalytic activities could be improved markedly without using very much Pt by the technique of tailoring the catalytic surface. These features may provide an interesting way to produce Pt catalysts with a reliable catalytic performance as well as a reduction in cost.

  5. FePt and CoPt nanoparticles prepared by micellar method. Effects of A1{yields}L1{sub 0} transition on oxidation resistance and magnetic properties

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    Han, Luyang

    2011-02-15

    In this thesis FePt and CoPt alloy nanoparticles are prepared with reverse micelles. The metallic nanoparticles with diameters of 2-12 nm and interparticle distances of 20-140 nm are obtained on Si substrates. The magnetic properties of FePt and CoPt nanoparticles as well as oxidation behavior of FePt nanoparticles are investigated. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) measurements on 5.8 nm FePt nanoparticles after hydrogen plasma reduction at 300 C reveals that the magnetic moment per Fe atom and magnetic anisotropy energy match chemically disordered FePt in A1 phase. Annealing at 650 C transform portion of FePt particles to chemically ordered L1{sub 0} phase. The presense of nanoparticles in L1{sub 0} phase is identified by high-resolution transmission electronmicroscopy (HRTEM) investigation, where it is also observed that large fraction of the particles contain defects such as twin boundaries and stacking faults. By increasing the annealing temperature or prolonging annealing time, ratio of transformed particles increases. The average magnetic anisotropy energy of the transformed particles is below 30% of the value of bulk FePt in L1{sub 0} phase. Annealing at above 750 C, however, decreases the average magnetic anisotropy in the sample. Similar A1 {yields} L1{sub 0} transition is observed in FePt nanoparticles with different diameters as well as in CoPt nanoparticles. The spin moment of Fe in FePt nanoparticles decreases with smaller particle diameter, while the orbital moment stays almost constant. Magnetic moments at room temperature are significantly reduced compared to those at low temperature, suggesting the Curie temperatures in FePt and CoPt nanoparticles are significantly lower than in the bulk. The annealing also induces Pt segregation towards the surface in FePt nanoparticles, which is identified by the decreased apparent Fe content measured by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). The segregation of Pt

  6. Atomic structure and thermal stability of Pt-Fe bimetallic nanoparticles: from alloy to core/shell architectures.

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    Huang, Rao; Wen, Yu-Hua; Shao, Gui-Fang; Sun, Shi-Gang

    2016-06-22

    Bimetallic nanoparticles comprising noble metal and non-noble metal have attracted intense interest over the past few decades due to their low cost and significantly enhanced catalytic performances. In this article, we have explored the atomic structure and thermal stability of Pt-Fe alloy and core-shell nanoparticles by molecular dynamics simulations. In Fe-core/Pt-shell nanoparticles, Fe with three different structures, i.e., body-centered cubic (bcc), face-centered cubic (fcc), and amorphous phases, has been considered. Our results show that Pt-Fe alloy is the most stable configuration among the four types of bimetallic nanoparticles. It has been discovered that the amorphous Fe cannot stably exist in the core and preferentially transforms into the fcc phase. The phase transition from bcc to hexagonal close packed (hcp) has also been observed in bcc-Fe-core/Pt-shell nanoparticles. In contrast, Fe with the fcc structure is the most preferred as the core component. These findings are helpful for understanding the structure-property relationships of Pt-Fe bimetallic nanoparticles, and are also of significance to the synthesis and application of noble metal based nanoparticle catalysts.

  7. Large coercivity FePt nanoparticles prepared via a one-step method without post-annealing

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    Zhang, Xinwei; Xiong, Fang; Jiang, Xiaohong; Hua, Zhenghe; Wang, Chunlei; Yang, Shaoguang

    2016-12-01

    L10 FePt nanoparticles were synthesized by a one-step sol-gel autocombustion method, using nontoxic ferric nitrate, hexachloroplatinic acid, and glycine as starting materials. In contrast to common syntheses, high-temperature post-annealing was not required to form the L10 FePt phase. The entire ignition and combustion process lasted no more than one minute. The L10 FePt phase could form in the presence of the high temperature caused by the exothermic combustion reaction. Adjusting the glycine-to-metal ion molar ratio from 0.5 to 6.0 allowed its effects on the phase transformation and magnetic properties of the products to be investigated. X-ray diffraction indicated that pure phase L10 FePt was obtained at a glycine-to-metal ion molar ratio of 1.5. Transmission electron microscopy indicated that the monodisperse L10 FePt nanoparticles had an average particle size of about 20 nm. The reasons why the as-synthesized L10 FePt nanoparticles were not aggregated and sintered could be attributed to the large amount, a gas is being released and the short duration of heat treatment during this combustion. This finding constituted a significant improvement in the synthesis of L10 FePt nanoparticles. Magnetic measurements showed that the L10 FePt nanoparticles had a coercivity of 15.8 kOe at 300 K, and 23.2 kOe at 5 K. Thus, the L10 FePt nanoparticles had a very large coercivity.

  8. Reduced-temperature ordering of FePt nanoparticle assembled films by Fe30Pt70/Fe3O4 core/shell structure

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    He Shu-Li; Peng Yin; Liu Li-Li; Jiang Hong-Wei; Liu Li-Feng; Zheng Wu; Wang Ai-Ling

    2007-01-01

    In this paper, Fe3oPt70/Fe3O4 core/shell nanoparticles were synthesized by chemical routine and the layered polycthylenimine (PEI)-Fe30Pt70/Fe3O4 structure was constructed by molecule-mediated self-assembly technique. The dimension of core/shell structured nanoparticles was that of 4nm core and 2 nm shell. After annealing under a flow of forming gas (50%Ar2%%30%H2) for 1h at or above 400℃, the iron oxide shell was reduced to Fe and diffused to Pt-rich core, which leaded to the formation of L10 phase FePt at low temperature. The x-ray diffraction results and magnetic properties measurement showed that the chemical ordering temperature of Fe30Pt70/Fe3O4 core/shell nanoparticles assembly can be reduced to as low as 400℃. The sample annealed at 400℃ showed the coercivity of 4 KOe with the applied field of 1.5T. The core/shell structure was suggested to be an effective way to reduce the ordering temperature obviously.

  9. CoPt alloy films on SiO{sub 2} nanoparticle arrays

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    Makarov, Denys; Schatz, Guenter [University of Konstanz (Germany). Department of Physics; Bermudez, Esteban; Schmidt, Oliver G. [IFW, Dresden (Germany); Brombacher, Christoph; Albrecht, Manfred [Chemnitz University of Technology (Germany). Institute of Physics; Liscio, Fabiola; Maret, Mireille [ENSEEG, Saint Martin d' Heres (France)

    2008-07-01

    Combining self-assembled SiO{sub 2} nanoparticle arrays with magnetic film deposited onto the particles, enables an elegant possibility to create magnetic nanostructure arrays with defined magnetic properties. In this regard, materials such as CoPt alloy are of particular interest due to their large magnetic anisotropy required for thermal stability in the high density magnetic recording applications. In order to induce high perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in CoPt alloys, the L1{sub 0} phase with (001) texturing is required. For this purpose, a 10 nm thick MgO(001) seed layer was introduced. Results on planar amorphous SiO{sub 2} substrates reveal an uniaxial out-of-plane magnetic anisotropy and saturation magnetization for the CoPt alloy grown at 450 C of about 5x10{sup 5} J/m{sup 3} and 800 kA/m. These properties were transfered to CoPt alloy deposited onto arrays of SiO{sub 2} particles with diameters down to 50 nm. The formed CoPt nanocaps are in a magnetic single domain state with a large out-of-plane coercivity, which increases with decreasing particle size. In this presentation, the structural and magnetic properties are discussed and compared to the planar film.

  10. Pt skin coated hollow Ag-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles with high catalytic activity for oxygen reduction reaction

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    Fu, Tao; Huang, Jianxing; Lai, Shaobo; Zhang, Size; Fang, Jun; Zhao, Jinbao

    2017-10-01

    The catalytic activity and stability of electrocatalyst is critical for the commercialization of fuel cells, and recent reports reveal the great potential of the hollow structures with Pt skin coat for developing high-powered electrocatalysts due to their highly efficient utilization of the Pt atoms. Here, we provide a novel strategy to prepare the Pt skin coated hollow Ag-Pt structure (Ag-Pt@Pt) of ∼8 nm size at room temperature. As loaded on the graphene, the Ag-Pt@Pt exhibits a remarkable mass activity of 0.864 A/mgPt (at 0.9 V, vs. reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE)) towards oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), which is 5.30 times of the commercial Pt/C catalyst, and the Ag-Pt@Pt also shows a better stability during the ORR catalytic process. The mechanism of this significant enhancement can be attributed to the higher Pt utilization and the unique Pt on Ag-Pt surface structure, which is confirmed by the density functional theory (DFT) calculations and other characterization methods. In conclusion, this original work offers a low-cost and environment-friendly method to prepare a high active electrocatalyst with cheaper price, and this work also discloses the correlation between surface structures and ORR catalytic activity for the hollow structures with Pt skin coat, which can be instructive for designing novel advanced electrocatalysts for fuel cells.

  11. Temperature dependence of the kinetics of oxygen reduction on carbon-supported Pt nanoparticles

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    NEVENKA R. ELEZOVIC

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available The temperature dependence of oxygen reduction reaction (ORR was studied on highly dispersed Pt nanoparticles supported on a carbon cryogel. The specific surface area of the support was 517 m2 g-1, the Pt particles diameter was about 2.7 nm and the loading of the catalyst was 20 wt. %. The kinetics of the ORR at the Pt/C electrode was examined in 0.50 mol dm-3 HClO4 solution in the temperature range from 274 to 318 K. At all temperatures, two distinct E–log j regions were observed; at low current densities with a slope of –2.3RT/F and at high current densities with a slope of –2.3´2RT/F. In order to confirm the mechanism of oxygen reduction previously suggested at a polycrystalline Pt and a Pt/Ebonex nanostructured electrode, the apparent enthalpies of activation at selected potentials vs. the reversible hydrogen electrode were calculated in both current density regions. Although ∆Ha,1≠ > ∆Ha,h≠, it was found that the enthalpies of activation at the zero Galvani potential difference were the same and hence it could be concluded that the rate-determining step of the ORR was the same in both current density regions. The synthesized Pt/C catalyst showed a small enhancement in the catalytic activity for ORR in comparison to the polycrystalline Pt, but no change in the mechanism of the reaction.

  12. Insight into growth of Au-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles: an in situ XAS study.

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    Nayak, Chandrani; Bhattacharyya, D; Bhattacharyya, K; Tripathi, A K; Bapat, R D; Jha, S N; Sahoo, N K

    2017-07-01

    Au-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles have been synthesized through a one-pot synthesis route from their respective chloride precursors using block copolymer as a stabilizer. Growth of the nanoparticles has been studied by simultaneous in situ measurement of X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and UV-Vis spectroscopy at the energy-dispersive EXAFS beamline (BL-08) at Indus-2 SRS at RRCAT, Indore, India. In situ XAS spectra, comprising both X-ray near-edge structure (XANES) and extended X-ray absorption fine-structure (EXAFS) parts, have been measured simultaneously at the Au and Pt L3-edges. While the XANES spectra of the precursors provide real-time information on the reduction process, the EXAFS spectra reveal the structure of the clusters formed in the intermediate stages of growth. This insight into the formation process throws light on how the difference in the reduction potential of the two precursors could be used to obtain the core-shell-type configuration of a bimetallic alloy in a one-pot synthesis method. The core-shell-type structure of the nanoparticles has also been confirmed by ex situ energy-dispersive spectroscopy line-scan and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements with in situ ion etching on fully formed nanoparticles.

  13. Beet juice utilization: Expeditious green synthesis of nobel metal nanoparticles (Ag, Au, Pt, and Pd) using microwaves

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    Metal nanoparticles of Ag, Au, Pt, and Pd were prepared in aqueous solutions via a rapid microwave-assisted green method using beet juice, an abundant sugar-rich agricultural produce, served as both a reducing and a capping reagent. The Ag nanoparticles with capping prepared by b...

  14. Beet juice utilization: Expeditious green synthesis of nobel metal nanoparticles (Ag, Au, Pt, and Pd) using microwaves

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    Metal nanoparticles of Ag, Au, Pt, and Pd were prepared in aqueous solutions via a rapid microwave-assisted green method using beet juice, an abundant sugar-rich agricultural produce, served as both a reducing and a capping reagent. The Ag nanoparticles with capping prepared by b...

  15. Increasing the Collision Rate of Particle Impact Electroanalysis with Magnetically Guided Pt-Decorated Iron Oxide Nanoparticles.

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    Robinson, Donald A; Yoo, Jason J; Castañeda, Alma D; Gu, Brett; Dasari, Radhika; Crooks, Richard M; Stevenson, Keith J

    2015-07-28

    An integrated microfluidic/magnetophoretic methodology was developed for improving signal response time and detection limits for the chronoamperometric observation of discrete nanoparticle/electrode interactions by electrocatalytic amplification. The strategy relied on Pt-decorated iron oxide nanoparticles which exhibit both superparamagnetism and electrocatalytic activity for the oxidation of hydrazine. A wet chemical synthetic approach succeeded in the controlled growth of Pt on the surface of FeO/Fe3O4 core/shell nanocubes, resulting in highly uniform Pt-decorated iron oxide hybrid nanoparticles with good dispersibility in water. The unique mechanism of hybrid nanoparticle formation was investigated by electron microscopy and spectroscopic analysis of isolated nanoparticle intermediates and final products. Discrete hybrid nanoparticle collision events were detected in the presence of hydrazine, an electrochemical indicator probe, using a gold microband electrode integrated into a microfluidic channel. In contrast with related systems, the experimental nanoparticle/electrode collision rate correlates more closely with simple theoretical approximations, primarily due to the accuracy of the nanoparticle tracking analysis method used to quantify nanoparticle concentrations and diffusion coefficients. Further modification of the microfluidic device was made by applying a tightly focused magnetic field to the detection volume to attract the magnetic nanoprobes to the microband working electrode, thereby resulting in a 6-fold increase to the relative frequency of chronoamperometric signals corresponding to discrete nanoparticle impact events.

  16. The origin of enhanced L1 0 chemical ordering in Ag-doped FePt nanoparticles

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    Sung, Yun-Mo; Lee, Myung-Ki; Kim, Ki-Eun; Kim, Tae Geun

    2007-08-01

    FePt and Ag-doped FePt nanoparticles were synthesized by the thermolysis and polyol reductions. The A1-to-L1 0 transformation of the nanoparticles was investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) at different scanning rates, and the DSC endothermic peak shifts were monitored and used for the Kissinger analyses. The activation energy for the phase transformation was determined to be ˜251 and ˜219 kJ/mol for the pure and doped FePt nanoparticles, respectively. The decrease in the activation energy is the evidence of increased number of vacancies, which turned out to be the origin for the reduced L1 0 chemical ordering temperature in doped FePt.

  17. Preparation of Ultrafine Fe-Pt Alloy and Au Nanoparticle Colloids by KrF Excimer Laser Solution Photolysis.

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    Watanabe, Masato; Takamura, Hitoshi; Sugai, Hiroshi

    2009-03-10

    We prepared ultrafine Fe-Pt alloy nanoparticle colloids by UV laser solution photolysis (KrF excimer laser of 248 nm wavelength) using precursors of methanol solutions into which iron and platinum complexes were dissolved together with PVP dispersant to prevent aggregations. From TEM observations, the Fe-Pt nanoparticles were found to be composed of disordered FCC A1 phase with average diameters of 0.5-3 nm regardless of the preparation conditions. Higher iron compositions of nanoparticles require irradiations of higher laser pulse energies typically more than 350 mJ, which is considered to be due to the difficulty in dissociation of Fe(III) acetylacetonate compared with Pt(II) acetylacetonate. Au colloid preparation by the same method was also attempted, resulting in Au nanoparticle colloids with over 10 times larger diameters than the Fe-Pt nanoparticles and UV-visible absorption peaks around 530 nm that originate from the surface plasmon resonance. Differences between the Fe-Pt and Au nanoparticles prepared by the KrF excimer laser solution photolysis are also discussed.

  18. Preparation of Ultrafine Fe–Pt Alloy and Au Nanoparticle Colloids by KrF Excimer Laser Solution Photolysis

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    Sugai Hiroshi

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract We prepared ultrafine Fe–Pt alloy nanoparticle colloids by UV laser solution photolysis (KrF excimer laser of 248 nm wavelength using precursors of methanol solutions into which iron and platinum complexes were dissolved together with PVP dispersant to prevent aggregations. From TEM observations, the Fe–Pt nanoparticles were found to be composed of disordered FCC A1 phase with average diameters of 0.5–3 nm regardless of the preparation conditions. Higher iron compositions of nanoparticles require irradiations of higher laser pulse energies typically more than 350 mJ, which is considered to be due to the difficulty in dissociation of Fe(III acetylacetonate compared with Pt(II acetylacetonate. Au colloid preparation by the same method was also attempted, resulting in Au nanoparticle colloids with over 10 times larger diameters than the Fe–Pt nanoparticles and UV–visible absorption peaks around 530 nm that originate from the surface plasmon resonance. Differences between the Fe–Pt and Au nanoparticles prepared by the KrF excimer laser solution photolysis are also discussed.

  19. Metal nanoparticle - block copolymer composite assembly and disassembly

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    Li, Z.H.; Sai, H.; Warren, S.C.; Kamperman, M.M.G.; Arora, H.; Gruner, S.M.; Wiesner, U.

    2009-01-01

    Ligand-stabilized platinum nanoparticles (Pt NPs) were self-assembled with poly(isoprene-block-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) (PI-b-PDMAEMA) block copolymers to generate organic-inorganic hybrid materials. High loadings of NPs in hybrids were achieved through usage of N,N-di-(2-(allyloxy)ethyl)-N-

  20. Metal nanoparticle - block copolymer composite assembly and disassembly

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    Li, Z.H.; Sai, H.; Warren, S.C.; Kamperman, M.M.G.; Arora, H.; Gruner, S.M.; Wiesner, U.

    2009-01-01

    Ligand-stabilized platinum nanoparticles (Pt NPs) were self-assembled with poly(isoprene-block-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) (PI-b-PDMAEMA) block copolymers to generate organic-inorganic hybrid materials. High loadings of NPs in hybrids were achieved through usage of

  1. In situ investigation of ordering phase transformations in FePt magnetic nanoparticles.

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    Wittig, James E; Bentley, James; Allard, Lawrence F

    2016-12-11

    In situ high-resolution electron microscopy was used to reveal information at the atomic level for the disordered-to-ordered phase transformation of equiatomic FePt nanoparticles that can exhibit outstanding magnetic properties after transforming from disordered face-centered-cubic into the tetragonal L10 ordered structure. High-angle annular dark-field imaging in the scanning transmission electron microscope provided sufficient contrast between the Fe and Pt atoms to readily monitor the ordering of the atoms during in situ heating experiments. However, during continuous high-magnification imaging the electron beam influenced the kinetics of the transformation so annealing had to be performed with the electron beam blanked. At 500°C where the reaction rate was relatively slow, observation of the transformation mechanisms using this sequential imaging protocol revealed that ordering proceeded from (002) surface facets but was incomplete and multiple-domain particles were formed that contained anti-phase domain boundaries and anti-site defects. At 600 and 700°C, the limitations of sequential imaging were revealed as a consequence of increased transformation kinetics. Annealing for only 5min at 700°C produced complete single-domain L10 order; such single-domain particles were more spherical in shape with (002) facets. The in situ experiments also provided information concerning nanoparticle sintering, coalescence, and consolidation. Although there was resistance to complete sintering due to the crystallography of L10 order, the driving force from the large surface-area-to-volume ratio resulted in considerable nanoparticle coalescence, which would render such FePt nanoparticles unsuitable for use as magnetic recording media. Comparison of the in situ data acquired using the protocol described above with parallel ex situ annealing experiments showed that identical behavior resulted in all cases.

  2. Templated assembly of Co-Pt nanoparticles via thermal and laser-induced dewetting of bilayer metal films.

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    Oh, Yong-Jun; Kim, Jung-Hwan; Thompson, Carl V; Ross, Caroline A

    2013-01-07

    Templated dewetting of a Co/Pt metal bilayer film on a topographic substrate was used to assemble arrays of Co-Pt alloy nanoparticles, with highly uniform particle size, shape and notably composition compared to nanoparticles formed on an untemplated substrate. Solid-state and liquid-state dewetting processes, using furnace annealing and laser irradiation respectively, were compared. Liquid state dewetting produced more uniform, conformal nanoparticles but they had a polycrystalline disordered fcc structure and relatively low magnetic coercivity. In contrast, solid state dewetting enabled formation of magnetically hard, ordered L1(0) Co-Pt single-crystal particles with coercivity >12 kOe. Furnace annealing converted the nanoparticles formed by liquid state dewetting into the L1(0) phase.

  3. NPS AUV Integrated Simulator

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    1992-03-01

    147 3. GRAPHIC OBJECT MODEI’QUSING OBJECTFILE FORMAT (cIF)...................... ........... 149. APPENDIX -C. NPS, AUV SONAR CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM...Monterey Bay .. 15 Figure 2.8 Graphics simulation for NPS AUV sonar visualization .......... 15’ Figure 3.1 Integrated simulator network physical...3.11 Integrated simulation display of AUV minefield searh ........ 39 Figure4.1 NPS AUV sonar beam profiles in the NPS pool .......... 43 Figure 42 NPS

  4. Plasma-induced synthesis of Pt nanoparticles supported on TiO2 nanotubes for enhanced methanol electro-oxidation

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    Su, Nan; Hu, Xiulan; Zhang, Jianbo; Huang, Huihong; Cheng, Jiexu; Yu, Jinchen; Ge, Chao

    2017-03-01

    A Pt/C/TiO2 nanotube composite catalyst was successfully prepared for enhanced methanol electro-oxidation. Pt nanoparticles with a particle size of 2 nm were synthesized by plasma sputtering in water, and anatase TiO2 nanotubes with an inner diameter of approximately 100 nm were prepared by a simple two-step anodization method and annealing process. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy images indicated that the different morphologies of TiO2 synthesized on the surface of Ti foils were dependent on the different anodization parameters. The electrochemical performance of Pt/C/TiO2 catalysts for methanol oxidation showed that TiO2 nanotubes were more suitable for use as Pt nanoparticle support materials than irregular TiO2 short nanorods due to their tubular morphology and better electronic conductivity. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy characterization showed that the binding energies of the Pt 4f of the Pt/C/TiO2 nanotubes exhibited a slightly positive shift caused by the relatively strong interaction between Pt and the TiO2 nanotubes, which could mitigate the poisoning of the Pt catalyst by COads, and further enhance the electrocatalytic performance. Thus, the as-obtained Pt/C/TiO2 nanotubes composites may become a promising catalyst for methanol electro-oxidation.

  5. Vertically aligned carbon nanotubes/carbon fiber paper composite to support Pt nanoparticles for direct methanol fuel cell application

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    Zhang, Jing; Yi, Xi-bin; Liu, Shuo; Fan, Hui-Li; Ju, Wei; Wang, Qi-Chun; Ma, Jie

    2017-03-01

    Vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (VACNTs) grown on carbon fiber paper (CFP) by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition is introduced as a catalyst support material for direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs). Well dispersed Pt nanoparticles on VACNTs surface are prepared by impregnation-reduction method. The VACNTs on CFP possess well-maintained alignment, large surface area and good electrical conductivity, which leading to the formation of Pt particles with a smaller size and enhance the Pt utilization rate. The structure and nature of resulting Pt/VACNTs/CFP catalysts for methanol oxidation are investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). With the aid of VACNTs, well-dispersed Pt catalysts enable the reversibly rapid redox kinetic since electron transport efficiently passes through a one-dimensional pathway, which leads to enhance the catalytic activity and Pt utilization rate. Compared with the Pt/XC-72/CFP electrode, the electrochemical measurements results display that the Pt/VACNTs/CFP catalyst shows much higher electrocatalytic activity and better stability for methanol oxidation. In addition, the oxidation current from 200 to 1200 s decayed more slowly for the Pt/VACNTs/CFP than that of the Pt/XC-72/CFP catalysts, indicating less accumulation of adsorbed CO species. All those results imply that the Pt/VACNTs/CFP has a great potential for applications in DMFCs.

  6. Characterization of self-assembled electrodes based on Au-Pt nanoparticles for PEMFC application

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    Valenzuela, E. [Univ. Politecnica de Chiapas (Mexico). Energia y Sustentabilidad; Sebastian, P.J.; Gamboa, S.A.; Joseph, S. [Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Morelos (Mexico). Centrode Investigacion en Energia; Pal, U. [Univ. Autonoma de Puebla, Pue (Mexico). Inst. de Fisica; Gonzalez, I. [Univ. Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico City (Mexico). Dept. de Quimica

    2010-07-01

    This paper described the synthesis and characterization of gold (Au), platinum (Pt) and Au-Pt nanoparticles impregnated on a Nafion membrane in a proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC). The aim of the study was to fabricate the membrane electrode assembly (MEA) by depositing the nanoparticles on the membrane using an immersion technique. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) were used to study the deposition process. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) was used to study the membrane proton conduction process. An elemental mapping analysis was performed in order to study the location of the Au and Pt in the self-assemblies. Results of the study showed that the particles deposited on the Nafion had good stability and a homogenous distribution along the membrane surface. The particles showed a direct relation in size and location with the hydrophilic and hydrophobic distribution phases of the membrane. The main membrane resistance was located between the membrane and the electrolyte. The self-assembled electrodes demonstrated a good performance at standard conditions. 33 refs., 4 tabs., 11 figs.

  7. Electrospun carbon nanofibers decorated with Ag-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles for selective detection of dopamine.

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    Huang, Yunpeng; Miao, Yue-E; Ji, Shanshan; Tjiu, Weng Weei; Liu, Tianxi

    2014-08-13

    Electrospun nanoporous carbon nanofibers (pCNFs) decorated with Ag-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles have been successfully synthesized by combining template carbonization and seed-growth reduction approach. Porous-structured polyacrylonitrile (PAN) nanofibers (pPAN) were first prepared by electrospinning PAN/polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) blend solution, followed by subsequent water extraction and heat treatment to obtain pCNFs. Ag-Pt/pCNFs were then obtained by using pCNFs as support for bimetallic nanoparticle loading. Thus, the obtained Ag-Pt/pCNFs were used to modify glassy carbon electrode (GCE) for selective detection of dopamine (DA) in the presence of uric acid (UA) and ascorbic acid (AA). This novel sensor exhibits fast amperometric response and high sensitivity toward DA with a wide linear concentration range of 10-500 μM and a low detection limit of 0.11 μM (S/N = 3), wherein the interference of UA and AA can be eliminated effectively.

  8. Atomic-Scale Snapshots of the Formation and Growth of Hollow PtNi/C Nanocatalysts.

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    Chattot, Raphaël; Asset, Tristan; Drnec, Jakub; Bordet, Pierre; Nelayah, Jaysen; Dubau, Laetitia; Maillard, Frédéric

    2017-03-30

    Determining the formation and growth mechanism of bimetallic nanoparticles (NPs) with atomic detail is fundamental to synthesize efficient "catalysts by design". However, an understanding of the elementary steps which take place during their synthesis remains elusive. Herein, we have exploited scanning transmission electron microscopy coupled to energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, operando wide angle and small-angle X-ray scattering, and electrochemistry to unveil the formation and growth mechanism of hollow PtNi/C NPs. Such NPs, composed of a PtNi shell surrounding a nanoscale void, catalyze efficiently and sustainably the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in an acidic electrolyte. Our step-by-step study reveals that (i) Ni-rich/C NPs form first, before being embedded in a NixByOz shell, (ii) the combined action of galvanic displacement and the nanoscale Kirkendall effect then results in the sequential formation of Ni-rich core@Pt-rich/C shell and ultimately hollow PtNi/C NPs. The electrocatalytic properties for the ORR and the stability of the different synthesis intermediates were tested and structure-activity-stability relationships established both in acidic and alkaline electrolytes. Beyond its interest for the ORR electrocatalysis, this study also presents a methodology that is capable to unravel the formation and growth mechanism of various nanomaterials including preferentially shaped metal NPs, core@shell NPs, onion-like NPs, Janus NPs, or a combination of several of these structures.

  9. Electrochemical oxidation of ammonia on carbon-supported bi-metallic PtM (M = Ir, Pd, SnO{sub x}) nanoparticles

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    Lomocso, Thegy L. [Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Ottawa, 161 Louis-Pasteur, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5 (Canada); Baranova, Elena A., E-mail: elena.baranova@uottawa.ca [Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Ottawa, 161 Louis-Pasteur, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5 (Canada)

    2011-10-01

    Highlights: > Oxidation of NH{sub 3} is investigated on carbon-supported Pt and PtM (M = Pd, Ir, SnO{sub x}) nanoparticles. > Carbon supported PtPd and PtIr nanoparticles show higher catalytic activity if compared to Pt nanocatalyst. > Pt{sub 7}Ir{sub 3} nanoparticles combine good catalytic activity and enhanced stability for NH{sub 3} oxidation. > Electronic effect between two metals in PtIr is responsible for increase in the catalytic activity. - Abstract: Ammonia electro-oxidation was studied in alkaline solution on carbon-supported Pt and bimetallic Pt{sub y}M{sub 1-y} (M = Pd, Ir, SnO{sub x} and y = 70, 50 at.%) nanoparticles. Catalysts were synthesized using the modified polyol method and deposited on carbon, resulting in 20 wt.% of metal loading. Particle size, structure and surface composition of the particles were investigated using TEM, XRD and XPS. Mean size of PtM bi-metallic nanoparticles varied between 2.0 and 4.7 nm, depending on the second metal (M). XRD revealed the structure of all bi-metallic particles to be face-centered cubic and confirmed alloy formation for Pt{sub y}Pd{sub 1-y} (y = 70, 50 at.%) and Pt{sub 7}Ir{sub 3}nanoparticles, as well as partial alloying between Pt and SnO{sub x}. Electrochemical behaviour of ammonia on Pt and PtM nanoparticles is comparable to that expected for bulk Pt and PtM alloys. Addition of Pd to Pt at the nanoscale decreased the onset potential of ammonia oxidation if compared to pure platinum nanoparticles; however stability of the catalyst was poor. For Pt{sub 7}(SnO{sub x}){sub 3}, current densities were similar to Pt, whereas catalyst stability against deactivation was improved. It is found that carbon supported Pt{sub 7}Ir{sub 3} nanoparticles combine good catalytic activity with enhanced stability for ammonia electro-oxidation. Electronic effect generated between two metals in the bimetallic nanoparticles might be responsible for increase in the catalytic activity of Pd- and Ir-containing catalysts, causing

  10. Z-STEM of L1o Ordering in FePt Magnetic Nanoparticles

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    Wittig, J. E. [Vanderbilt University; Bentley, James [ORNL; Lupini, Andrew R [ORNL; Lukehart, C.M. [Vanderbilt University

    2007-01-01

    The L1{sub o} (CuAuI) ordered FePt structure exhibits exceptional magnetic properties with uniaxial-magnetocrystalline anisotropy (K{sub u}) greater than 10{sup 6} ergs/cm3. Chemical synthesis methods can produce monodispersed FePt nanoparticles that have diameters ranging from 3 to 10 nm with a standard deviation of less than 5%. As-synthesized, the FePt nanoparticles are face-centered cubic (FCC) and require annealing at temperatures greater than 550 C for chemical ordering into the L1{sub o} structure. X-ray diffraction (XRD) methods typically characterize the ordering phase transformation by measuring the superlattice peaks. However, since the FePt nanoparticles coarsen during annealing, the larger particles may dominate the XRD data while the smallest particles correspondingly may contribute little to the diffracted intensity. Since recent data suggest that the FePt L1{sub o} ordering transformation is particle-size dependent, the current study employs high-angle annular dark-field (HAADF) scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), also known as atomic-number contrast or Z-STEM, methods to investigate the presence of L1{sub o} order in individual FePt nanoparticles.

  11. Size effect on order-disorder transition kinetics of FePt nanoparticles

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    Zhang, Shuaidi [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Qi, Weihong, E-mail: qiwh216@csu.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Key Laboratory of Non-ferrous Materials Science and Engineering, Ministry of Education, Changsha 410083 (China); Huang, Baiyun [State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China)

    2014-01-28

    The kinetics of order-disorder transition of FePt nanoparticles during high temperature annealing is theoretically investigated. A model is developed to address the influence of large surface to volume ratio of nanoparticles on both the thermodynamic and kinetic aspect of the ordering process; specifically, the nucleation and growth of L1{sub 0} ordered domain within disordered nanoparticles. The size- and shape-dependence of transition kinetics are quantitatively addressed by a revised Johnson-Mehl-Avrami equation that included corrections for deviations caused by the domination of surface nucleation in nanoscale systems and the non-negligible size of the ordered nuclei. Calculation results based on the model suggested that smaller nanoparticles are kinetically more active but thermodynamically less transformable. The major obstacle in obtaining completely ordered nanoparticles is the elimination of antiphase boundaries. The results also quantitatively confirmed the existence of a size-limit in ordering, beyond which, inducing order-disorder transitions through annealing is impossible. A good agreement is observed between theory, experiment, and computer simulation results.

  12. The tunable plasma synthesis of Pt-reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites

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    Yulong Ma

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Herein, we have developed Pt-plasma reduced graphene oxide (Pt/P-rGO catalysts displaying high overpotentials for methanol oxidation reaction (MOR through facile and tunable plasma treatments. We provide insight into the improved performance of these catalysts by combining electrochemical measurements with microscopic and spectroscopic characterization techniques. The analysis results showed that the Pt nanoparticles (NPs were successfully deposited on P-rGO. The deposition and uniformity of Pt NPs were influenced by tuning the discharge power of the plasma. The catalytic performance towards the methanol oxidation reaction is investigated. The Pt/P-rGO NPs composites under 100 W show the best electrocatalytic activity. These results were vital to the further application of graphene-based metal nanocomposites synthesized by plasma technology.

  13. H2 splitting on Pt, Ru and Rh nanoparticles supported on sputtered HOPG

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    Fiordaliso, Elisabetta Maria; Murphy, Shane; Nielsen, R.M.;

    2012-01-01

    nm. The rate of hydrogen exchange is measured in the temperature range 40–200°C at 1bar, by utilization of the H–D exchange reaction. We find that the rate of hydrogen exchange increases with the particle diameter for all the metals, and that the rate for Ru and Rh is higher than for Pt. In the case...... adlayers on the terraces of the larger particles. Experiments are also carried out in the presence of 10ppm CO. Pt is found to be very sensitive to CO poisoning and the H–D exchange rate drops below the detection limit when CO is added to the gas mixture. In the case of Ru and Rh nanoparticles, CO...... decreases the splitting rate significantly, also at 200°C. The variation of the sensitivity to CO poisoning with particle diameter for Ru and Rh is found to be weak....

  14. Thermal Stability of Co-Pt and Co-Au Core-Shell Structured Nanoparticles: Insights from Molecular Dynamics Simulations.

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    Wen, Yu-Hua; Huang, Rao; Shao, Gui-Fang; Sun, Shi-Gang

    2017-09-07

    Co-Pt and Co-Au core-shell nanoparticles were heated by molecular dynamics simulations to investigate their thermal stability. Two core structures, that is, hcp Co and fcc Co, have been addressed. The results demonstrate that the hcp-fcc phase transition happens in the hcp-Co-core/fcc-Pt-shell nanoparticle, while it is absent in the hcp-Co-core/fcc-Au-shell one. The stacking faults appear in both Pt and Au shells despite different structures of the Co core. The Co core and Pt shell concurrently melt and present an identical melting point in both Co-Pt core-shell nanoparticles. However, typical two-stage melting occurs in both Co-Au core-shell nanoparticles. Furthermore, the Au shell in the hcp-Co-core/fcc-Au-shell nanoparticle exhibits a lower melting point than that in the fcc-Co-core/fcc-Au-shell one, while the melting points are closely equal for both hcp and fcc Co cores. All of these observations suggest that their thermal stability strongly depends on the structure of the core and the element of the shell.

  15. Novel platinum-palladium bimetallic nanoparticles synthesized by Dioscorea bulbifera: anticancer and antioxidant activities.

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    Ghosh, Sougata; Nitnavare, Rahul; Dewle, Ankush; Tomar, Geetanjali B; Chippalkatti, Rohan; More, Piyush; Kitture, Rohini; Kale, Sangeeta; Bellare, Jayesh; Chopade, Balu A

    2015-01-01

    Medicinal plants serve as rich sources of diverse bioactive phytochemicals that might even take part in bioreduction and stabilization of phytogenic nanoparticles with immense therapeutic properties. Herein, we report for the first time the rapid efficient synthesis of novel platinum-palladium bimetallic nanoparticles (Pt-PdNPs) along with individual platinum (PtNPs) and palladium (PdNPs) nanoparticles using a medicinal plant, Dioscorea bulbifera tuber extract (DBTE). High-resolution transmission electron microscopy revealed monodispersed PtNPs of size 2-5 nm, while PdNPs and Pt-PdNPs between 10 and 25 nm. Energy dispersive spectroscopy analysis confirmed 30.88% ± 1.73% elemental Pt and 68.96% ± 1.48% elemental Pd in the bimetallic nanoparticles. Fourier transform infrared spectra indicated strong peaks at 3,373 cm(-1), attributed to hydroxyl group of polyphenolic compounds in DBTE that might play a key role in bioreduction in addition to the sharp peaks at 2,937, 1,647, 1,518, and 1,024 cm(-1), associated with C-H stretching, N-H bending in primary amines, N-O stretching in nitro group, and C-C stretch, respectively. Anticancer activity against HeLa cells showed that Pt-PdNPs exhibited more pronounced cell death of 74.25% compared to individual PtNPs (12.6%) or PdNPs (33.15%). Further, Pt-PdNPs showed an enhanced scavenging activity against 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl, superoxide, nitric oxide, and hydroxyl radicals.

  16. Electrospun Nb-doped TiO2 nanofiber support for Pt nanoparticles with high electrocatalytic activity and durability.

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    Kim, MinJoong; Kwon, ChoRong; Eom, KwangSup; Kim, JiHyun; Cho, EunAe

    2017-03-14

    This study explores a facile method to prepare an efficient and durable support for Pt catalyst of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC). As a candidate, Nb-doped TiO2 (Nb-TiO2) nanofibers are simply fabricated using an electrospinning technique, followed by a heat treatment. Doping Nb into the TiO2 nanofibers leads to a drastic increase in electrical conductivity with doping level of up to 25 at. % (Nb0.25Ti0.75O2). Pt nanoparticles are synthesized on the prepared 25 at. % Nb-doped TiO2-nanofibers (Pt/Nb-TiO2) as well as on a commercial powdered carbon black (Pt/C). The Pt/Nb-TiO2 nanofiber catalyst exhibits similar oxygen reaction reduction (ORR) activity to that of the Pt/C catalyst. However, during an accelerated stress test (AST), the Pt/Nb-TiO2 nanofiber catalyst retained more than 60% of the initial ORR activity while the Pt/C catalyst lost 65% of the initial activity. The excellent durability of the Pt/Nb-TiO2 nanofiber catalyst can be attributed to high corrosion resistance of TiO2 and strong interaction between Pt and TiO2.

  17. Electrospun Nb-doped TiO2 nanofiber support for Pt nanoparticles with high electrocatalytic activity and durability

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    Kim, Minjoong; Kwon, Chorong; Eom, Kwangsup; Kim, Jihyun; Cho, Eunae

    2017-03-01

    This study explores a facile method to prepare an efficient and durable support for Pt catalyst of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC). As a candidate, Nb-doped TiO2 (Nb-TiO2) nanofibers are simply fabricated using an electrospinning technique, followed by a heat treatment. Doping Nb into the TiO2 nanofibers leads to a drastic increase in electrical conductivity with doping level of up to 25 at. % (Nb0.25Ti0.75O2). Pt nanoparticles are synthesized on the prepared 25 at. % Nb-doped TiO2-nanofibers (Pt/Nb-TiO2) as well as on a commercial powdered carbon black (Pt/C). The Pt/Nb-TiO2 nanofiber catalyst exhibits similar oxygen reaction reduction (ORR) activity to that of the Pt/C catalyst. However, during an accelerated stress test (AST), the Pt/Nb-TiO2 nanofiber catalyst retained more than 60% of the initial ORR activity while the Pt/C catalyst lost 65% of the initial activity. The excellent durability of the Pt/Nb-TiO2 nanofiber catalyst can be attributed to high corrosion resistance of TiO2 and strong interaction between Pt and TiO2.

  18. Synthesis of PtRu nanoparticles from the hydrosilylation reaction and application as catalyst for direct methanol fuel cell.

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    Huang, Junchao; Liu, Zhaolin; He, Chaobin; Gan, Leong Ming

    2005-09-08

    Nanosized Pt, PtRu, and Ru particles were prepared by a novel process, the hydrosilylation reaction. The hydrosilylation reaction is an effective method of preparation not only for Pt particles but also for other metal colloids, such as Ru. Vulcan XC-72 was selected as catalyst support for Pt, PtRu, and Ru colloids, and TEM investigations showed nanoscale particles and narrow size distribution for both supported and unsupported metals. All Pt and Pt-rich catalysts showed the X-ray diffraction pattern of a face-centered cubic (fcc) crystal structure, whereas the Ru and Ru-rich alloys were more typical of a hexagonal close-packed (hcp) structure. As evidenced by XPS, most Pt and Ru atoms in the nanoparticles were zerovalent, except a trace of oxidation-state metals. The electrooxidation of liquid methanol on these catalysts was investigated at room temperature by cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry. The results concluded that some alloy catalysts showed higher catalytic activities and better CO tolerance than the Pt-only catalyst; Pt56Ru44/C have displayed the best electrocatalytic performance among all carbon-supported catalysts.

  19. Electrospun Nb-doped TiO2 nanofiber support for Pt nanoparticles with high electrocatalytic activity and durability

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    Kim, MinJoong; Kwon, ChoRong; Eom, KwangSup; Kim, JiHyun; Cho, EunAe

    2017-01-01

    This study explores a facile method to prepare an efficient and durable support for Pt catalyst of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC). As a candidate, Nb-doped TiO2 (Nb-TiO2) nanofibers are simply fabricated using an electrospinning technique, followed by a heat treatment. Doping Nb into the TiO2 nanofibers leads to a drastic increase in electrical conductivity with doping level of up to 25 at. % (Nb0.25Ti0.75O2). Pt nanoparticles are synthesized on the prepared 25 at. % Nb-doped TiO2-nanofibers (Pt/Nb-TiO2) as well as on a commercial powdered carbon black (Pt/C). The Pt/Nb-TiO2 nanofiber catalyst exhibits similar oxygen reaction reduction (ORR) activity to that of the Pt/C catalyst. However, during an accelerated stress test (AST), the Pt/Nb-TiO2 nanofiber catalyst retained more than 60% of the initial ORR activity while the Pt/C catalyst lost 65% of the initial activity. The excellent durability of the Pt/Nb-TiO2 nanofiber catalyst can be attributed to high corrosion resistance of TiO2 and strong interaction between Pt and TiO2. PMID:28290503

  20. Preparation of IrO2 nanoparticles with SBA-15 template and its supported Pt nanocomposite as bifunctional oxygen catalyst

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    Kong, Fan-Dong; Liu, Jing; Ling, Ai-Xia; Xu, Zhi-Qiang; Wang, Hui-Yun; Kong, Qing-Sheng

    2015-12-01

    In the present work, we report the syntheses of IrO2 nanoparticles with SBA-15 template (s-IrO2), and s-IrO2 supported Pt nanocomposite (Pt/s-IrO2) as bifunctional oxygen catalyst. Physical characterizations including X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy demonstrate that s-IrO2 catalyst has excellent uniformity and regularity in particle shape and much ordered distribution in geometric space, and Pt/s-IrO2 catalyst shows a uniform Pt dispersion on the surface of the s-IrO2 particles. Electrochemical analyses prove that s-IrO2 catalyst possesses superior OER activity at operating potentials; and that Pt/s-IrO2 catalyst, in comparison to Pt/commercial IrO2, has higher ESA value and ORR catalytic performance with a mechanism of four-electron pathway and a high ORR efficiency. And as a bifunctional oxygen catalyst, Pt/s-IrO2 also exhibits more remarkable OER performance than the commercial one. The s-IrO2 nanoparticles will be a promising active component (for OER), and suitable for Pt support (for ORR).

  1. Gold nano-particles (AuNPs) carrying anti-EBV-miR-BART7-3p inhibit growth of EBV-positive nasopharyngeal carcinoma

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    Wang, Jianguo; Lyu, Xiaoming; Chen, Yuxiang; Liu, Jinkun; Cai, Hongbing; Wang, Ying; Li, Xin

    2015-01-01

    Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection is a major etiological factor for nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). Several EBV-encoded BART miRNAs have been associated with viral latency, immune escape, cell survival, cell proliferation and apoptosis. Here, we report that EBV-miR-BART7-3p, an EBV-encoded BART miRNA highly expressed in NPC, was correlated with cell-cycle progression in vitro and increased tumor formation in vivo. This viral miRNA stimulated the PTEN/PI3K/Akt pathway and induced c-Myc and c-Jun. Knockdown of PTEN mimicked EBV-miR-BART7-3p-induced tumorigenic phenotype. Based on these results, we conducted a therapeutic experiment by using gold nano-particles (AuNPs) carrying anti-EBV-miR-BART7-3p. Silencing of EBV-miR-BART7-3p reduced tumor growth in animal model. We conclude that EBV-miR-BART7-3p favors carcinogenesis, representing a potential target for miRNA-based therapy. PMID:25691053

  2. Comparing and Optimizing Nitrate Adsorption from Aqueous Solution Using Fe/Pt Bimetallic Nanoparticles and Anion Exchange Resins

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    Muhammad Daud

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This research work was carried out for the removal of nitrate from raw water for a drinking water supply. Nitrate is a widespread ground water contaminant. Methodology employed in this study included adsorption on metal based nanoparticles and ion exchange using anionic resins. Fe/Pt bimetallic nanoparticles were prepared in the laboratory, by the reduction of their respective salts using sodium borohydride. Scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive spectrometry, and X-ray florescence techniques were utilized for characterization of bimetallic Fe/Pt nanoparticles. Optimum dose, pH, temperature, and contact time were determined for NO3- removal through batch tests, both for metal based nanoparticles and anionic exchange resin. Adsorption data fitted well the Langmuir isotherm and conformed to the pseudofirst-order kinetic model. Results indicated 97% reduction in nitrate by 0.25 mg/L of Fe/Pt nanoparticles at pH 7 and 83% reduction in nitrate was observed using 0.50 mg/L anionic exchange resins at pH 4 and contact time of one hour. Overall, Fe/Pt bimetallic nanoparticles demonstrated greater NO3- removal efficiency due to the small particle size, extremely large surface area (627 m2/g, and high adsorption capacity.

  3. A Study on Reactive Spray Deposition Technology Processing Parameters in the Context of Pt Nanoparticle Formation

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    Roller, Justin M.; Maric, Radenka

    2015-12-01

    Catalytic materials are complex systems in which achieving the desired properties (i.e., activity, selectivity and stability) depends on exploiting the many degrees of freedom in surface and bulk composition, geometry, and defects. Flame aerosol synthesis is a process for producing nanoparticles with ample processing parameter space to tune the desired properties. Flame dynamics inside the reactor are determined by the input process variables such as solubility of precursor in the fuel; solvent boiling point; reactant flow rate and concentration; flow rates of air, fuel and the carrier gas; and the burner geometry. In this study, the processing parameters for reactive spray deposition technology, a flame-based synthesis method, are systematically evaluated to understand the residence times, reactant mixing, and temperature profiles of flames used in the synthesis of Pt nanoparticles. This provides a framework for further study and modeling. The flame temperature and length are also studied as a function of O2 and fuel flow rates.

  4. Studies on the impact of biosynthesized silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) in relation to malaria and filariasis vector control against Anopheles stephensi Liston and Culex quinquefasciatus Say (Diptera: Culicidae).

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    Subarani, Selladurai; Sabhanayakam, Selvi; Kamaraj, Chinnaperumal

    2013-02-01

    Biosynthesized nanoparticles have been achieved using environmentally acceptable plant extract and eco-friendly reducing and capping agents. The present study was based on assessments of the larvicidal activities to determine the efficacies of synthesized silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) using aqueous leaf extract of Vinca rosea (L.) (Apocynaceae) against the larvae of malaria vector Anopheles stephensi Liston and filariasis vector Culex quinquefasciatus Say (Diptera: Culicidae). Larvae were exposed to varying concentrations of aqueous extract of V. rosea and synthesized AgNPs for 24, 48, and 72 h. AgNPs were rapidly synthesized using the leaf extract of V. rosea, and the formation of nanoparticles was observed within 15 min. The results recorded from UV-Vis spectrum, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) support the biosynthesis and characterization of AgNPs. The formation of the AgNPs synthesized from the XRD spectrum compared with the Bragg reflections at 2θ = 29.36, 38.26, 44.51, 63.54, and 77.13° which can be indexed to the (121), (111), (200), (220), and (311) orientations, respectively, confirmed the presence of AgNPs. The FTIR spectra of AgNPs exhibited prominent peaks at the spectra showed sharp and strong absorption band at 3,406.71 to 3,431.90 cm(-1) double in case of NH(2) group of a primary amine (N-H stretch). The presence of the sharp peak at 2,926.54 to 2,925.80 cm(-1) very broad often looks like distorted baseline (O-H carboxylic acids). The band 1,633.26 to 1,625.81 cm(-1) was assigned to C = C alkenes, aromatic ring stretching vibration, respectively. SEM analysis of the synthesized AgNPs clearly showed the clustered and irregular shapes, mostly aggregated and having the size of 120 nm. TEM reveals spherical shape of synthesized AgNPs. Particle size analysis revealed that the size of particles ranges from 25 to 47 nm with average size of 34.61 nm

  5. Magnetic properties of the alloy system Fe-Pt. Bulk materials and nanoparticles; Magnetische Eigenschaften des Legierungssystems Fe-Pt. Volumenmaterialien und Nanopartikel

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    Antoniak, C.

    2007-12-14

    Besides the determination of magnetic properties of epitaxial grown Fe{sub x}Pt{sub 1-x} films like e.g. the magnetic anisotropy, effective magnetisation, exchange length and damping as reference data, wet-chemically synthesised spherical Fe{sub x}Pt{sub 1-x} nanoparticles with different sizes, compositions and crystal structures were examined systematically after the reduction of Fe oxides by a hydrogen plasma treatment. Organic ligands surrounding the particles after the synthesis, were removed as well during this procedure. These ligands prevent the agglomeration of the nanoparticles when deposited onto a substrate, but do not have any measurable effect on the oxide formation under air exposure and do not change the magnetic properties of oxidised nanoparticles within experimental error bars. Static and dynamic magnetic properties were determined using the ferromagnetic resonance technique and themeasurement of the x-ray absorption, especially the analysis of the X-ray circular dichroism. The analysis of the element-specific magnetic moments shows that the effective magnetic spin moment ({mu}{sup eff}{sub s}) of the Fe{sub x}Pt{sub 1-x} nanoparticles is reduced by 20.30% with respect to the one of the corresponding Fe{sub x}Pt{sub 1-x} film due to the inhomogeneous composition within the nanoparticles which was found by the analysis of the extended X-ray absorption fine structure. With decreasing particle size, {mu}{sup eff}{sub s} is further decreasing while the ratio of orbital-to-effective-spin magnetic moment ({mu}{sub l}/{mu}{sup eff}{sub s}) increases. Annealing at 600 C of a sample consisting of Fe{sub 0.50}Pt{sub 0.50} nanoparticles with a mean diameter around 6 nm yields a strong increase of the {mu}{sub l}/{mu}{sup eff}{sub s} ratio at the Fe sites: it reaches a value of about 9% and is as large as the value at the Pt sites. This is accompanied by an enhancement of the coercive field from (36{+-}5) mT to (292{+-}8) mT after annealing that can be

  6. Synthesis and structural, magnetic and electrochemical characterization of PtCo nanoparticles prepared by water-in-oil microemulsion

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    Solla-Gullon, J., E-mail: jose.solla@ua.e [Universidad de Alicante, Instituto de Electroquimica (Spain); Gomez, Elvira; Valles, Elisa [Instituto de Nanociencia y Nanotecnologia de la Universidad de Barcelona (IN2UB), Departamento Quimica Fisica (Spain); Aldaz, Antonio; Feliu, Juan M. [Universidad de Alicante, Instituto de Electroquimica (Spain)

    2010-05-15

    PtCo nanoparticles with homogeneous size (around 3-4 nm) have been synthesized in a water-in-oil microemulsion of water/polyethylenglycol-dodecylether (BRIJ 30)/n-heptane. X-ray diffraction study revealed the formation of a cubic phase with a gradual decrease of the cell parameter with increasing cobalt incorporation in the crystalline lattice of platinum. In relation to their magnetic properties, the PtCo nanoparticles present a superparamagnetic behaviour even after annealing, although higher permeability was induced by the thermal treatment. Finally, the electrocatalytic activity of the particles towards oxalic acid oxidation in H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} was evaluated. The Pt74Co26 nanoparticles showed the highest reactivity for this reaction.

  7. Preparation of Size-tunable, Highly Monodisperse PVP-Protected Pt-nanoparticles by Seed-mediated Growth

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    Koebel, Matthias Michael; Jones, Louis C.; Somorjai, Gabor A.

    2008-04-02

    We demonstrate a preparative method which produces highly-monodisperse Pt-nanoparticles of tunable size without the external addition of seed particles. Hexachloroplatinic acid is dosed slowly to an ethylene glycol solution at 120 C and reduced in the presence of a stabilizing polymer poly-N-vinylpyrollidone (PVP). Slow addition of the Pt-salt first will first lead to the formation of nuclei (seeds) which then grow further to produce larger particles of any desired size between 3 and 8nm. The amount of added hexachloroplatinic acid precursor controls the size of the final nanoparticle product. TEM was used to determine size and morphology and to confirm the crystalline nature of the nanoparticles. Good reproducibility of the technique was demonstrated. Above 7nm, the particle shape and morphology changes suddenly indicating a change in the deposition selectivity of the Pt-precursor from (100) towards (111) crystal faces and breaking up of larger particles into smaller entities.

  8. Formation of Pt-Zn Alloy Nanoparticles by Electron-Beam Irradiation of Wurtzite ZnO in the TEM

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    Lee, Sung Bo; Park, Jucheol; van Aken, Peter A.

    2016-07-01

    As is well documented, platinum nanoparticles, promising for catalysts for fuel cells, exhibit better catalytic activities, when alloyed with Zn. Pre-existing syntheses of Pt-Zn alloy catalysts are composed of a number of complex steps. In this study, we have demonstrated that nanoparticles of Pt-Zn alloys are simply generated by electron-beam irradiation in a transmission electron microscope of a wurtzite ZnO single-crystal specimen. The initial ZnO specimen is considered to have been contaminated by Pt during specimen preparation by focused ion beam milling. The formation of the nanoparticle is explained within the framework of ionization damage (radiolysis) by electron-beam irradiation and accompanying electrostatic charging.

  9. A Multimethod Approach for Investigating Algal Toxicity of Platinum Nanoparticles

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    Sørensen, Sara Nørgaard; Engelbrekt, Christian; Lützhøft, Hans-Christian Holten

    2016-01-01

    The ecotoxicity of platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs) widely used in for example automotive catalytic converters, is largely unknown. This study employs various characterization techniques and toxicity end points to investigate PtNP toxicity toward the green microalgae Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata...

  10. Radiolytic Preparation of Electrocatalysts with Pt-Co and Pt-Sn Nanoparticles for a Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell

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    Sang Kyum Kim

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanosized Pt-Sn/VC and Pt-Co/VC electrocatalysts were prepared by a one-step radiation-induced reduction (30 kGy process using distilled water as the solvent and Vulcan XC72 as the supporting material. While the Pt-Co/VC electrodes were compared with Pt/VC (40 wt%, HiSpec 4000, in terms of their electrocatalytic activity towards the oxidation of H2, the Pt-Co/VC electrodes were evaluated in terms of their activity towards the hydrogen oxidation reaction (HOR and compared with Pt/VC (40 wt%, HiSpec 4000, Pt-Co/VC, and Pt-Sn/VC in a single cell. Additionally, the prepared electrocatalyst samples (Pt-Co/VC and Pt-Sn/VC were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM, scanning electron microscope (SEM, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA, X-ray diffraction (XRD, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, electrochemical surface area (ECSA, and fuel cell polarization performance.

  11. TER-XSW investigation of CoPt{sub 3} nanoparticle films on Si and sapphire substrates

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    Zargham, Ardalan; Schmidt, Thomas; Hildebrand, Radowan; Falta, Jens [Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Bremen (Germany); Gehl, Bernhard; Baeumer, Marcus [Institute of Physical Chemistry, University of Bremen (Germany)

    2008-07-01

    CoPt{sub 3} bimetallic colloidal nanoparticle films on Si and sapphire substrates are investigated concerning the real space distribution of Co and Pt in specifically defined layers above the substrates as well as the structural dependancy on plasma treatments. TER-XSW is considered to be a suitable method for these types of investigation because of its ability of material specification in vertical resolution. It is simultaneously possible to understand the surface morphology by means of XRR.

  12. Formate adsorption on Pt nanoparticles during formic acid electro-oxidation: insights from in situ infrared spectroscopy.

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    McPherson, Ian J; Ash, Philip A; Jacobs, Robert M J; Vincent, Kylie A

    2016-10-18

    Adsorbed formate is observed on a supported Pt nanoparticle for the first time during formic acid electro-oxidation. Bands assigned to OCO stretching and CH bending reveal some OCO but little CH bond weakening on adsorption compared to the free anion. The formate potential dependence is similar to polycrystalline electrodes while adsorbed CO persists up to +1.2 V, 0.5 V higher than on polycrystalline Pt.

  13. Aqueous Phase Glycerol Reforming by PtMo Bimetallic Nano-Particle Catalyst: Product Selectivity and Structural Characterization

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    Stach E. A.; Dietrich, P.J.; Lobo-Lapidus, R.J.; Wu, T.; Sumer, A.; Akatay, M.C.; Fingland, B.R.; Guo, N.; Dumesic, J.A.; Marshall, C.L.; Jellinek, J.; Delgass, W.N.; Ribeiro, F.H.; Miller, J.T.

    2012-03-01

    A carbon supported PtMo aqueous phase reforming catalyst for producing hydrogen from glycerol was characterized by analysis of the reaction products and pathway, TEM, XPS and XAS spectroscopy. Operando X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) indicates the catalyst consists of bimetallic nano-particles with a Pt rich core and a Mo rich surface. XAS of adsorbed CO indicates that approximately 25% of the surface atoms are Pt. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy indicates that there is unreduced and partially reduced Mo oxide (MoO{sub 3} and MoO{sub 2}), and Pt-rich PtMo bimetallic nano-particles. The average size measured by transmission electron microscopy of the fresh PtMo nano-particles is about 2 nm, which increases in size to 5 nm after 30 days of glycerol reforming at 31 bar and 503 K. The catalyst structure differs from the most energetically stable structure predicted by density functional theory (DFT) calculations for metallic Pt and Mo atoms. However, DFT indicates that for nano-particles composed of metallic Pt and Mo oxide, the Mo oxide is at the particle surface. Subsequent reduction would lead to the experimentally observed structure. The aqueous phase reforming reaction products and intermediates are consistent with both C-C and C-OH bond cleavage to generate H{sub 2}/CO{sub 2} or the side product CH{sub 4}. While the H{sub 2} selectivity at low conversion is about 75%, cleavage of C-OH bonds leads to liquid products with saturated carbon atoms. At high conversions (to gas), these will produced additional CH{sub 4} reducing the H{sub 2} yield and selectivity.

  14. One-Step Synthesis of Pt/Graphene Composites from Pt Acid Dissolved Ethanol via Microwave Plasma Spray Pyrolysis

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    Jo, Eun Hee; Chang, Hankwon; Kim, Sun Kyung; Choi, Ji-Hyuk; Park, Su-Ryeon; Lee, Chong Min; Jang, Hee Dong

    2016-09-01

    Pt nanoparticles-laden graphene (Pt/GR) composites were synthesized in the gas phase from a mixture of ethanol and Pt precursor by microwave plasma spray pyrolysis. The morphology of Pt/GR composites has the shape of wrinkled sheets of paper, while Pt nanoparticles (Pt NPs) that are less than 2.6 nm in the mean diameter are uniformly well deposited on the surface of GR sheets stacked in only three layers. The Pt/GR composite prepared with 20 wt% of Pt had the highest specific surface area and electrochemical surface area of up to 402 m2 g-1 and 77 m2 g-1 (Pt), respectively. In addition, the composite showed superior electrocatalytic activity compared with commercial Pt-carbon black. The excellent electrocatalytic activity was attributed to the high specific surface area and electrochemical surface area of the Pt/GR composite directly produced by microwave plasma spray pyrolysis. Thus, it is clearly expected that the Pt/GR composite is a promising material for DMFC catalysts.

  15. Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) biosynthesized using pod extract of Cola nitida enhances antioxidant activity and phytochemical composition of Amaranthus caudatus Linn

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    Azeez, Luqmon; Lateef, Agbaje; Adebisi, Segun A.

    2017-02-01

    This study investigates the influence of different concentrations of AgNPs biologically synthesized using pod extract of Cola nitida on antioxidant activity, phenolic contents, flavonoid contents and compositions of Amaranthus caudatus L. AgNPs of 25, 50, 75, 100 and 150 ppm were utilized in growing A. caudatus while water was used as control. Delayed germination for two days was observed for A. caudatus grown with 150 ppm of AgNPs, while others showed no difference. There were 43.3, 38.7, 26.7 and 6.48% improvements in the 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) antioxidant activity of A. caudatus grown with 25, 50, 75 and 100 ppm of AgNPs, respectively, compared to control. Antioxidant activity of A. caudatus grown with AgNPs reduced with increase in the concentrations of AgNPs. A. caudatus grown with 50 ppm of AgNPs was the most potent with the least IC50 of 0.67 mg/ml. Significant improvements obtained for phenolic and flavonoid contents grown with AgNPs were concentration dependent. Enhancements of 21.9, 68.19, and 1.98% in phenolic contents were achieved in treatments with 25, 50 and 75 ppm AgNPs, respectively, while 32.58, 35.80, and 7.20% improvement in flavonoids were obtained for 25, 50 and 100 ppm treatments, respectively. Kaempferol and quercetin were the most abundant flavonoids in A. caudatus treated with 50 ppm of AgNPs, showing the highest flavonoid composition. This further confirms A. caudatus grown with 50 ppm of AgNPs as the most potent. This study has shown that concentration-dependent AgNPs can be used to boost antioxidant activity and phytochemical contents of vegetables.

  16. Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) biosynthesized using pod extract of Cola nitida enhances antioxidant activity and phytochemical composition of Amaranthus caudatus Linn

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    Azeez, Luqmon; Lateef, Agbaje; Adebisi, Segun A.

    2017-01-01

    This study investigates the influence of different concentrations of AgNPs biologically synthesized using pod extract of Cola nitida on antioxidant activity, phenolic contents, flavonoid contents and compositions of Amaranthus caudatus L. AgNPs of 25, 50, 75, 100 and 150 ppm were utilized in growing A. caudatus while water was used as control. Delayed germination for two days was observed for A. caudatus grown with 150 ppm of AgNPs, while others showed no difference. There were 43.3, 38.7, 26.7 and 6.48% improvements in the 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) antioxidant activity of A. caudatus grown with 25, 50, 75 and 100 ppm of AgNPs, respectively, compared to control. Antioxidant activity of A. caudatus grown with AgNPs reduced with increase in the concentrations of AgNPs. A. caudatus grown with 50 ppm of AgNPs was the most potent with the least IC50 of 0.67 mg/ml. Significant improvements obtained for phenolic and flavonoid contents grown with AgNPs were concentration dependent. Enhancements of 21.9, 68.19, and 1.98% in phenolic contents were achieved in treatments with 25, 50 and 75 ppm AgNPs, respectively, while 32.58, 35.80, and 7.20% improvement in flavonoids were obtained for 25, 50 and 100 ppm treatments, respectively. Kaempferol and quercetin were the most abundant flavonoids in A. caudatus treated with 50 ppm of AgNPs, showing the highest flavonoid composition. This further confirms A. caudatus grown with 50 ppm of AgNPs as the most potent. This study has shown that concentration-dependent AgNPs can be used to boost antioxidant activity and phytochemical contents of vegetables.

  17. Preparation of Pt–GO composites with high-number-density Pt nanoparticles dispersed uniformly on GO nanosheets

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    Nanting Li

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Pt–GO composites with high-number-density Pt nanoparticles dispersed uniformly on GO nanosheets were prepared using ethylene glycol as reducer at 180 °C. The nanoparticles had an average size of 12 nm with corners and edges on their surfaces. The composites had electrochemically active surface area of 31.7 m2 g−1 with a ratio (If/Ir=0.96 of the forward anodic peak current (If to the reverse anodic peak current (Ir in cyclic voltammetry curves, which is much higher than those of the reported Pt nanodendrites/reduced graphene oxide composites.

  18. Effect of the state of distribution of supported Pt nanoparticles on effective Pt utilization in polymer electrolyte fuel cells.

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    Uchida, Makoto; Park, Young-Chul; Kakinuma, Katsuyoshi; Yano, Hiroshi; Tryk, Donald A; Kamino, Takeo; Uchida, Hiroyuki; Watanabe, Masahiro

    2013-07-21

    In polymer electrolyte fuel cells, it is essential to minimize Pt loading, particularly at the cathode, without serious loss of performance. From this point of view, we will report an advanced concept for the design of high performance catalysts and membrane-electrode assemblies (MEAs): first, the evaluation of Pt particle distributions on both the interior and exterior walls of various types of carbon black (CB) particles used as supports with respect to the "effective surface (ES)"; second, control of both size and location of Pt particles by means of a new preparation method (nanocapsule method); and finally, a new evaluation method for the properties of MEAs based on the Pt utilization (UPt), mass activity (MA), and effectiveness of Pt (EfPt), based on the ES concept. The amounts of Pt catalyst particles located in the CB nanopores were directly evaluated using the transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and corresponding three-dimensional images. By use of the nanocapsule method and optimization of the ionomer, increased MA and EfPt values for the MEA were achieved. The improvement in the cathode performance can be attributed to the sharp particle-size distribution for Pt and the highly uniform dispersion on the exterior surface of graphitized carbon black (GCB) supports.

  19. Characterization of Pt@Cu Core@Shell Dendrimer-Encapsulated Nanoparticles Synthesized by Cu Underpotential Deposition

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    E Carino; R Crooks

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    Dendrimer-encapsulated nanoparticles (DENs) containing averages of 55, 147, and 225 Pt atoms immobilized on glassy carbon electrodes served as the electroactive surface for the underpotential deposition (UPD) of a Cu monolayer. This results in formation of core@shell (Pt@Cu) DENs. Evidence for this conclusion comes from cyclic voltammetry, which shows that the Pt core DENs catalyze the hydrogen evolution reaction before Cu UPD, but that after Cu UPD this reaction is inhibited. Results obtained by in situ electrochemical X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) confirm this finding.

  20. Characterization of Pt@Cu core@shell dendrimer-encapsulated nanoparticles synthesized by Cu underpotential deposition.

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    Carino, Emily V; Crooks, Richard M

    2011-04-05

    Dendrimer-encapsulated nanoparticles (DENs) containing averages of 55, 147, and 225 Pt atoms immobilized on glassy carbon electrodes served as the electroactive surface for the underpotential deposition (UPD) of a Cu monolayer. This results in formation of core@shell (Pt@Cu) DENs. Evidence for this conclusion comes from cyclic voltammetry, which shows that the Pt core DENs catalyze the hydrogen evolution reaction before Cu UPD, but that after Cu UPD this reaction is inhibited. Results obtained by in situ electrochemical X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) confirm this finding.

  1. Pt-Pd bimetallic nanoparticles on MWCNTs: catalyst for hydrogen peroxide electrosynthesis

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    Felix-Navarro, R. M., E-mail: moi6salazar@hotmail.com; Beltran-Gastelum, M.; Salazar-Gastelum, M. I.; Silva-Carrillo, C.; Reynoso-Soto, E. A.; Perez-Sicairos, S.; Lin, S. W. [Centro de Graduados e Investigacion, Instituto Tecnologico de Tijuana (Mexico); Paraguay-Delgado, F. [Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados (Mexico); Alonso-Nunez, G. [Centro de Nanociencias y Nanotecnologia (Mexico)

    2013-08-15

    Bimetallic nanoparticles of Pt-Pd were deposited by the microemulsion method on a multiwall carbon nanotube (MWCNTs) to obtain a Pt-Pd/MWCNTs for electrocatalytic reduction of O{sub 2} to H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. The activity and selectivity of the catalyst was determined qualitatively by the rotating disk electrode method in acidic medium. The catalyst was spray-coated onto a reticulated vitreous carbon substrate and quantitatively was tested in bulk electrolysis for 20 min under potentiostatic conditions (0.5 V vs Ag/AgCl) in a 0.5 M H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} electrolyte using dissolved O{sub 2}. The bulk electrolysis experiments show that the Pt-Pd/MWCNTs catalyst is more efficient for H{sub 2}O{sub 2} electrogeneration than a MWCNTs catalyst. Nitrobenzene degradation by electrogenerated H{sub 2}O{sub 2} alone and Electro-Fenton process were also tested. Our results show that both processes decompose nitrobenzene, but the Electro-Fenton process does it more efficiently. The prepared nanoparticulated catalyst shows a great potential in environmental applications.

  2. Pt skin on AuCu intermetallic substrate: a strategy to maximize Pt utilization for fuel cells.

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    Wang, Gongwei; Huang, Bing; Xiao, Li; Ren, Zhandong; Chen, Hao; Wang, Deli; Abruña, Héctor D; Lu, Juntao; Zhuang, Lin

    2014-07-09

    The dependence on Pt catalysts has been a major issue of proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells. Strategies to maximize the Pt utilization in catalysts include two main approaches: to put Pt atoms only at the catalyst surface and to further enhance the surface-specific catalytic activity (SA) of Pt. Thus far there has been no practical design that combines these two features into one single catalyst. Here we report a combined computational and experimental study on the design and implementation of Pt-skin catalysts with significantly improved SA toward the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). Through screening, using density functional theory (DFT) calculations, a Pt-skin structure on AuCu(111) substrate, consisting of 1.5 monolayers of Pt, is found to have an appropriately weakened oxygen affinity, in comparison to that on Pt(111), which would be ideal for ORR catalysis. Such a structure is then realized by substituting the Cu atoms in three surface layers of AuCu intermetallic nanoparticles (AuCu iNPs) with Pt. The resulting Pt-skinned catalyst (denoted as Pt(S)AuCu iNPs) has been characterized in depth using synchrotron XRD, XPS, HRTEM, and HAADF-STEM/EDX, such that the Pt-skin structure is unambiguously identified. The thickness of the Pt skin was determined to be less than two atomic layers. Finally the catalytic activity of Pt(S)AuCu iNPs toward the ORR was measured via rotating disk electrode (RDE) voltammetry through which it was established that the SA was more than 2 times that of a commercial Pt/C catalyst. Taking into account the ultralow Pt loading in Pt(S)AuCu iNPs, the mass-specific catalytic activity (MA) was determined to be 0.56 A/mg(Pt)@0.9 V, a value that is well beyond the DOE 2017 target for ORR catalysts (0.44 A/mg(Pt)@0.9 V). These findings provide a strategic design and a realizable approach to high-performance and Pt-efficient catalysts for fuel cells.

  3. Atomic Layer Deposition of Pt Nanoparticles within the Cages of MIL-101: A Mild and Recyclable Hydrogenation Catalyst

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    Karen Leus

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available We present the in situ synthesis of Pt nanoparticles within MIL-101-Cr (MIL = Materials Institute Lavoisier by means of atomic layer deposition (ALD. The obtained Pt@MIL-101 materials were characterized by means of N2 adsorption and X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD measurements, showing that the structure of the metal organic framework was well preserved during the ALD deposition. X-ray fluorescence (XRF and transmission electron microscopy (TEM analysis confirmed the deposition of highly dispersed Pt nanoparticles with sizes determined by the MIL-101-Cr pore sizes and with an increased Pt loading for an increasing number of ALD cycles. The Pt@MIL-101 material was examined as catalyst in the hydrogenation of different linear and cyclic olefins at room temperature, showing full conversion for each substrate. Moreover, even under solvent free conditions, full conversion of the substrate was observed. A high concentration test has been performed showing that the Pt@MIL-101 is stable for a long reaction time without loss of activity, crystallinity and with very low Pt leaching.

  4. Structural characterization and catalytic activity of Pt dendrimer encapsulated nanoparticles supported over Al2O3 for SCR of NOx.

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    Bae, HyunSook; Rao, Komateedi N; Ha, HeonPhil

    2011-07-01

    Pt/Al2O3 and Pt-Mg/Al2O3 nano composites were successfully prepared by dendrimer templated synthesis route. The obtained dendritic nanoparticles were dispersed in alumina support and they were evaluated for SCR of NOx using methane as reductant. Thermal analysis results of uncalcined samples revealed that the oxygen can accelerate the rate of dendrimer shell decomposition. X-ray diffractograms of 500 degrees C calcined samples disclosed the amorphous nature of materials, whereas 1000 degrees C air calcined samples showed enhanced crystallinity as well as diffraction pattern corresponding to Pt and PtO. HRTEM images of Pt40-G4OH dendritic nanoparticles showed uniform particulate distribution with average particle size of 2.4 nm. The STEM results of 0.5 Pt/Al2O3 sample calcined at 500 degrees C exhibited a wide range of particles between 2 and 20 nm. This indicates the huge segregation of platinum metal particles during impregnation and subsequent calcination. Among the synthesized materials 0.5 wt% Pt/Al2O3 sample showed excellent conversion and selectivity for SCR of NOx.

  5. Halogen poisoning effect of Pt-TiO2 for formaldehyde catalytic oxidation performance at room temperature

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    Zhu, Xiaofeng; Cheng, Bei; Yu, Jiaguo; Ho, Wingkei

    2016-02-01

    Catalytic decomposition of formaldehyde (HCHO) at room temperature is an important method for HCHO removal. Pt-based catalysts are the optimal catalyst for HCHO decomposition at room temperature. However, the stability of this catalyst remains unexplored. In this study, Pt-TiO2 (Pt-P25) catalysts with and without adsorbed halogen ions (including F-, Cl-, Br-, and I-) were prepared through impregnation and ion modification. Pt-TiO2 samples with adsorbed halogen ions exhibited reduced catalytic activity for formaldehyde decomposition at room temperature compared with the Pt-TiO2 sample; the catalytic activity followed the order of F-Pt-P25, Cl-Pt-P25, Br-Pt-P25, and I-Pt-P25. Characterization results (including XRD, TEM, HRTEM, BET, XPS, and metal dispersion) showed that the adsorbed halogen ions can poison Pt nanoparticles (NPs), thereby reducing the HCHO oxidation activity of Pt-TiO2. The poison mechanism is due to the strong adsorption of halogen ions on the surface of Pt NPs. The adsorbed ions form coordination bonds with surface Pt atoms by transferring surplus electrons into the unoccupied 5d orbit of the Pt atom, thereby inhibiting oxygen adsorption and activation of the Pt NP surface. Moreover, deactivation rate increases with increasing diameter of halogen ions. This study provides new insights into the fabrication of high-performance Pt-based catalysts for indoor air purification.

  6. Synthesis and characterization of Pt-Pd nanoparticles with core-shell morphology: Nucleation and overgrowth of the Pd shells on the as-prepared and defined Pt seeds

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    Long, Nguyen Viet, E-mail: nguyenvietlong@yahoo.com [Department of Materials Scienceand Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Gokiso-cho, Showa-ku, Nagoya 466-8555 (Japan); Posts and Telecommunications Institute of Technology, km 10 Nguyen Trai, Hanoi (Viet Nam); Laboratory for Nanotechnology, Vietnam National University at Ho Chi Minh, Linh Trung, Thu Duc, Ho Chi Minh (Viet Nam); Department of Molecular and Material Sciences, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Sciences, 6-1 Kasugakouen, Kasuga, Fukuoka 861-8580 (Japan); Hien, Tong Duy [Laboratory for Nanotechnology, Vietnam National University at Ho Chi Minh, Linh Trung, Thu Duc, Ho Chi Minh (Viet Nam); Asaka, Toru [Department of Materials Scienceand Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Gokiso-cho, Showa-ku, Nagoya 466-8555 (Japan); Ohtaki, Michitaka [Department of Molecular and Material Sciences, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Sciences, 6-1 Kasugakouen, Kasuga, Fukuoka 861-8580 (Japan); Nogami, Masayuki, E-mail: nogami@nitech.ac.jp [Department of Materials Scienceand Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Gokiso-cho, Showa-ku, Nagoya 466-8555 (Japan)

    2011-07-21

    Highlights: > The Pt-Pd core-shell nanoparticles based on the as-prepared Pt cores are synthesized. > Not only the Pt-Pd core-shell nanoparticles are formed, but also the separate formation of Pd nanoparticles as well. > The Pt cores without the morphological changes are protected by the Pd-shell overgrowths. > There are the co-existence of the layer-by-layer and island-on-wetting-layer growth modes of the Pd shells and the latter becomes the favorable overgrowth in the formation of core-shell structures. - Abstract: In the present research, Pt-Pd core-shell nanoparticles based on the as-prepared and defined Pt-seed cores with well-controlled size and morphology were synthesized. Their characterizations were investigated by using UV-vis spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and high resolution (HR)TEM measurements. The high resolution elemental mappings were performed in the operation of high angle annular dark field (HAADF) in conjunction with scanning (S)TEM mode and X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (XEDS). It is found that not only the Pt-Pd core-shell nanoparticles were formed, but also the nucleation, growth, and the separate formation of single Pd nanoparticles as well. Interestingly, the as-prepared Pt cores without the morphological changes were protected by the overgrowths of the Pd shells during the successive reduction of sodium tetrachloropalladate (II) hydrate. There were the co-existence of the Frank-van der Merwe (FM) layer-by-layer and Stranski-Krastanov (SK) island-on-wetting-layer growth modes of the Pd shells on the as-prepared Pt cores. It is predicted that the SK growth became the favorable growth mode in the formation of the Pd shells in the formation Pt-Pd core-shell nanoparticles.

  7. Structure of carbon-supported Pt-Ru nanoparticles and their electrocatalytic behavior for hydrogen oxidation reaction

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    Velazquez, Amado; Centellas, Francesc; Garrido, Jose Antonio; Arias, Conchita; Rodriguez, Rosa Maria; Brillas, Enric; Cabot, Pere-Lluis [Laboratori d' Electroquimica dels Materials i del Medi Ambient, Departament de Quimica Fisica, Universitat de Barcelona, Marti i Franques 1-11, 08028 Barcelona (Spain)

    2010-02-01

    The electrochemical activity towards hydrogen oxidation reaction (HOR) of a high performance carbon-supported Pt-Ru electrocatalyst (HP 20 wt.% 1:1 Pt-Ru alloy on Vulcan XC-72 carbon black) has been studied using the thin-film rotating disk electrode (RDE) technique. The physical properties of the Pt-Ru nanoparticles in the electrocatalyst were previously determined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution TEM, fast Fourier transform (FFT), electron diffraction and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The corresponding compositional and size-shape analyses indicated that nanoparticles generally presented a 3D cubo-octahedral morphology with about 26 at.% Ru in the lattice positions of the face-centred cubic structure of Pt. The kinetics for HOR was studied in a hydrogen-saturated 0.5 M H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} solution using thin-film electrodes prepared by depositing an ink of the electrocatalyst with different Nafion contents in a one-step process on a glassy carbon electrode. A maximum electrochemically active surface area (ECSA) of 119 m{sup 2} g Pt{sup -1} was found for an optimum Nafion composition of the film of about 35 wt.%. The kinetic current density in the absence of mass transfer effects was 21 mA cm{sup -2}. A Tafel slope of 26 mV dec{sup -1}, independent of the rotation rate and Nafion content, was always obtained, evidencing that HOR behaves reversibly. The exchange current density referred to the ECSA of the Pt-Ru nanoparticles was 0.17 mA cm{sup -2}, a similar value to that previously found for analogous inks containing pure Pt nanoparticles. (author)

  8. Self-assembly of mixed Pt and Au nanoparticles on PDDA-functionalized graphene as effective electrocatalysts for formic acid oxidation of fuel cells.

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    Wang, Shuangyin; Wang, Xin; Jiang, San Ping

    2011-04-21

    Pt and Au nanoparticles with controlled Pt : Au molar ratios and PtAu nanoparticle loadings were successfully self-assembled onto poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA)-functionalized graphene (PDDA-G) as highly effective electrocatalysts for formic acid oxidation in direct formic acid fuel cells (DFAFCs). The simultaneously assembled Pt and Au nanoparticles on PDDA-G showed superb electrocatalytic activity for HCOOH oxidation, and the current density associated with the preferred dehydrogenation pathway for the direct formation of CO(2) through HCOOH oxidation on a Pt(1)Au(8)/PDDA-G (i.e., a Pt : Au ratio of 1 : 8) is 32 times higher than on monometallic Pt/PDDA-G. The main function of the Au in the mixed Pt and Au nanoparticles on PDDA-G is to facilitate the first electron transfer from HCOOH to HCOO(ads) and the effective spillover of HCOO(ads) from Au to Pt nanoparticles, where HCOO(ads) is further oxidized to CO(2). The Pt : Au molar ratio and PtAu nanoparticle loading on PDDA-G supports are the two critical factors to achieve excellent electrocatalytic activity of PtAu/PDDA-G catalysts for the HCOOH oxidation reactions.

  9. Eco-friendly synthesis of TiO2, Au and Pt doped TiO2 nanoparticles for dye sensitized solar cell applications and evaluation of toxicity

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    Gopinath, K.; Kumaraguru, S.; Bhakyaraj, K.; Thirumal, S.; Arumugam, A.

    2016-04-01

    Driven by the demand of pure TiO2, Au and Pt doped TiO2 NPs were successfully synthesized using Terminalia arjuna bark extract. The eco-friendly synthesized NPs were characterized by UV-Vis-DRS, ATR-FT-IR, PL, XRD, Raman, SEM with EDX and TEM analysis. The synthesized NPs were investigation for dye sensitized solar cell applications. UV-Vis-Diffused Reflectance Spectra clearly showed that the expected TiO2 inter band absorption below 306 nm, incorporation of gold shows surface plasma resonant (SPR) near 555 nm and platinum incorporated TiO2 NPs shows absorbance at 460 nm. The energy conversion efficiency for Au doped TiO2 NPs when compared to pure and Pt doped TiO2 NPs. In addition to that, Au noble metal present TiO2 matrix and an improve open-circuit voltage (Voc) of DSSC. Synthesized NPs was evaluated into antibacterial and antifungal activities by disk diffusion method. It is observed that NPs have not shown any activities in all tested bacterial and fungal strains. In this eco-friendly synthesis method to provide non toxic and environmental friendly nanomaterials can be used for solar energy device application.

  10. Gold Nanoparticles Inhibit Matrix Metalloproteases without Cytotoxicity.

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    Hashimoto, M; Sasaki, J I; Yamaguchi, S; Kawai, K; Kawakami, H; Iwasaki, Y; Imazato, S

    2015-08-01

    Nanoparticles (NPs) are currently the focus of considerable attention for dental applications; however, their biological effects have not been fully elucidated. The long-term, slow release of matrix metalloproteases (MMPs) digests collagen fibrils within resin-dentin bonds. Therefore, MMP inhibitors can prolong the durability of resin-dentin bonds. However, there have been few reports evaluating the combined effect of MMP inhibition and the cytotoxic effects of NPs for dentin bonding. The aim of this study was to evaluate MMP inhibition and cytotoxic responses to gold (AuNPs) and platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs) stabilized by polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) in cultured murine macrophages (RAW264) by using MMP inhibition assays, measuring cell viability and inflammatory responses (quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction [RT-qPCR]), and conducting a micromorphological analysis by fluorescence and transmission electron microscopy. Cultured RAW264 cells were exposed to metal NPs at various concentrations (1, 10, 100, and 400 µg/mL). AuNPs and PtNPs markedly inhibited MMP-8 and MMP-9 activity. Although PtNPs were cytotoxic at high concentrations (100 and 400 µg/mL), no cytotoxic effects were observed for AuNPs at any concentration. Transmission electron microscopy images showed a significant nonrandom intercellular distribution for AuNPs and PtNPs, which were mostly observed to be localized in lysosomes but not in the nucleus. RT-qPCR analysis demonstrated inflammatory responses were not induced in RAW264 cells by AuNPs or PtNPs. The cytotoxicity of nanoparticles might depend on the core metal composition and arise from a "Trojan horse" effect; thus, MMP inhibition could be attributed to the surface charge of PVP, which forms the outer coating of NPs. The negative charge of the surface coating of PVP binds to Zn(2+) from the active center of MMPs by chelate binding and results in MMP inhibition. In summary, AuNPs are attractive NPs that effectively

  11. Facile and green synthesis of phytochemicals capped platinum nanoparticles and in vitro their superior antibacterial activity.

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    Tahir, Kamran; Nazir, Sadia; Ahmad, Aftab; Li, Baoshan; Khan, Arif Ullah; Khan, Zia Ul Haq; Khan, Faheem Ullah; Khan, Qudrat Ullah; Khan, Abrar; Rahman, Aziz Ur

    2017-01-01

    The increase in the severe infectious diseases and resistance of the majority of the bacterial pathogens to the available drug is a serious problem now a day. In order to overcome this problem it is necessary to develop new therapeutic agents which are non-toxic and more effective to inhibit these microbial pathogens. For this purpose the plant extract of highly active medicinal plant, Taraxacum laevigatum was used for the synthesis of platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs) to enhance its bio-activities. The surface plasmon resonance peak appeared at 283nm clearly represent the formation of PtNPs. The results illustrate that the bio-synthesized PtNPs were uniformly dispersed, small sized (2-7nm) and spherical in shape. The green synthesized PtNPs were characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, XRD, TEM, SEM, EDX, DLS and FTIR. These nanoparticles were tested against gram positive bacteria (Bacillus subtilis) and gram negative bacteria (Pseudomonas aeruginosa). The bio-synthesized PtNPs were examined to be more effective against both of the bacteria. The results showed, that the zone of inhibition of PtNPs against P. aeruginosa was 15 (±0.5) mm and B. subtilis was 18 (±0.8) mm. The most significant outcome of this examination is that PtNPs exhibited strong antibacterial activity against P. aeruginosa and B. subtilis which have strong defensive system against several antibiotics. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Self-assemble nanoparticles based on polypeptides containing C-terminal luminescent Pt-cysteine complex

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    Vlakh, E. G.; Grachova, E. V.; Zhukovsky, D. D.; Hubina, A. V.; Mikhailova, A. S.; Shakirova, J. R.; Sharoyko, V. V.; Tunik, S. P.; Tennikova, T. B.

    2017-01-01

    The growing attention to the luminescent nanocarriers is strongly stimulated by their potential application as drug delivery systems and by the necessity to monitor their distribution in cells and tissues. In this communication we report on the synthesis of amphiphilic polypeptides bearing C-terminal phosphorescent label together with preparation of nanoparticles using the polypeptides obtained. The approach suggested is based on a unique and highly technological process where the new phosphorescent Pt-cysteine complex serves as initiator of the ring-opening polymerization of α-amino acid N-carboxyanhydrides to obtain the polypeptides bearing intact the platinum chromophore covalently bound to the polymer chain. It was established that the luminescent label retains unchanged its emission characteristics not only in the polypeptides but also in more complicated nanoaggregates such as the polymer derived amphiphilic block-copolymers and self-assembled nanoparticles. The phosphorescent nanoparticles display no cytotoxicity and hemolytic activity in the tested range of concentrations and easily internalize into living cells that makes possible in vivo cell visualization, including prospective application in time resolved imaging and drug delivery monitoring. PMID:28155880

  13. Self-assemble nanoparticles based on polypeptides containing C-terminal luminescent Pt-cysteine complex

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    Vlakh, E. G.; Grachova, E. V.; Zhukovsky, D. D.; Hubina, A. V.; Mikhailova, A. S.; Shakirova, J. R.; Sharoyko, V. V.; Tunik, S. P.; Tennikova, T. B.

    2017-02-01

    The growing attention to the luminescent nanocarriers is strongly stimulated by their potential application as drug delivery systems and by the necessity to monitor their distribution in cells and tissues. In this communication we report on the synthesis of amphiphilic polypeptides bearing C-terminal phosphorescent label together with preparation of nanoparticles using the polypeptides obtained. The approach suggested is based on a unique and highly technological process where the new phosphorescent Pt-cysteine complex serves as initiator of the ring-opening polymerization of α-amino acid N-carboxyanhydrides to obtain the polypeptides bearing intact the platinum chromophore covalently bound to the polymer chain. It was established that the luminescent label retains unchanged its emission characteristics not only in the polypeptides but also in more complicated nanoaggregates such as the polymer derived amphiphilic block-copolymers and self-assembled nanoparticles. The phosphorescent nanoparticles display no cytotoxicity and hemolytic activity in the tested range of concentrations and easily internalize into living cells that makes possible in vivo cell visualization, including prospective application in time resolved imaging and drug delivery monitoring.

  14. CO tolerant PtRu-MoO{sub x} nanoparticles supported on carbon nanofibers for direct methanol fuel cells

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    Tsiouvaras, N.; Pena, M.A.; Fierro, J.L.G. [Instituto de Catalisis y Petroleoquimica, CSIC, Marie Curie 2, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Martinez-Huerta, M.V. [Instituto de Catalisis y Petroleoquimica, CSIC, Marie Curie 2, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Facultad de Quimicas, Universidad de La Laguna, Astrofisico Francisco Sanchez s/n, 38071, La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Moliner, R.; Lazaro, M.J. [Instituto de Carboquimica, CSIC, Miguel Luesma Castan 4, 50018 Zaragoza (Spain); Rodriguez, J.L.; Pastor, E. [Facultad de Quimicas, Universidad de La Laguna, Astrofisico Francisco Sanchez s/n, 38071, La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain)

    2009-01-15

    Novel nanostructured catalysts based on PtRu-MoO{sub x} nanoparticles supported on carbon nanofibers have been investigated for CO and methanol electrooxidation. Carbon nanofibers are prepared by thermocatalytic decomposition of methane (NF), and functionalized with HNO{sub 3} (NF.F). Electrocatalysts are obtained using a two-step procedure: (1) Pt and Ru are incorporated on the carbon substrates (Vulcan XC 72R, NF and NF.F), and (2) Mo is loaded on the PtRu/C samples. Differential electrochemical mass spectrometry (DEMS) analyses establish that the incorporation of Mo increases significantly the CO tolerance than respective binary counterparts. The nature of the carbon support affects considerably the stabilization of MoO{sub x} nanoparticles and also the performance in methanol electrooxidation. Accordingly, a significant increase of methanol oxidation is obtained in PtRu-MoO{sub x} nanoparticles supported on non-functionalized carbon nanofiber, in parallel with a large reduction of the Pt amount in comparison with binary counterparts and commercial catalyst. (author)

  15. Bimetallic nanoparticles for arsenic detection.

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    Moghimi, Nafiseh; Mohapatra, Mamata; Leung, Kam Tong

    2015-06-02

    Effective and sensitive monitoring of heavy metal ions, particularly arsenic, in drinking water is very important to risk management of public health. Arsenic is one of the most serious natural pollutants in soil and water in more than 70 countries in the world. The need for very sensitive sensors to detect ultralow amounts of arsenic has attracted great research interest. Here, bimetallic FePt, FeAu, FePd, and AuPt nanoparticles (NPs) are electrochemically deposited on the Si(100) substrate, and their electrochemical properties are studied for As(III) detection. We show that trace amounts of As(III) in neutral pH could be determined by using anodic stripping voltammetry. The synergistic effect of alloying with Fe leads to better performance for Fe-noble metal NPs (Au, Pt, and Pd) than pristine noble metal NPs (without Fe alloying). Limit of detection and linear range are obtained for FePt, FeAu, and FePd NPs. The best performance is found for FePt NPs with a limit of detection of 0.8 ppb and a sensitivity of 0.42 μA ppb(-1). The selectivity of the sensor has also been tested in the presence of a large amount of Cu(II), as the most detrimental interferer ion for As detection. The bimetallic NPs therefore promise to be an effective, high-performance electrochemical sensor for the detection of ultratrace quantities of arsenic.

  16. pH dependent catalytic activities of platinum nanoparticles with respect to the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide and scavenging of superoxide and singlet oxygen

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    Liu, Yi; Wu, Haohao; Li, Meng; Yin, Jun-Jie; Nie, Zhihong

    2014-09-01

    Recently, platinum (Pt) nanoparticles (NPs) have received increasing attention in the field of catalysis and medicine due to their excellent catalytic activity. To rationally design Pt NPs for these applications, it is crucial to understand the mechanisms underlying their catalytic and biological activities. This article describes a systematic study on the Pt NP-catalyzed decomposition of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and scavenging of superoxide (O2&z.rad;-) and singlet oxygen (1O2) over a physiologically relevant pH range of 1.12-10.96. We demonstrated that the catalytic activities of Pt NPs can be modulated by the pH value of the environment. Our results suggest that Pt NPs possess peroxidase-like activity of decomposing H2O2 into &z.rad;OH under acidic conditions, but catalase-like activity of producing H2O and O2 under neutral and alkaline conditions. In addition, Pt NPs exhibit significant superoxide dismutase-like activity of scavenging O2&z.rad;- under neutral conditions, but not under acidic conditions. The 1O2 scavenging ability of Pt NPs increases with the increase in the pH of the environment. The study will provide useful guidance for designing Pt NPs with desired catalytic and biological properties.Recently, platinum (Pt) nanoparticles (NPs) have received increasing attention in the field of catalysis and medicine due to their excellent catalytic activity. To rationally design Pt NPs for these applications, it is crucial to understand the mechanisms underlying their catalytic and biological activities. This article describes a systematic study on the Pt NP-catalyzed decomposition of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and scavenging of superoxide (O2&z.rad;-) and singlet oxygen (1O2) over a physiologically relevant pH range of 1.12-10.96. We demonstrated that the catalytic activities of Pt NPs can be modulated by the pH value of the environment. Our results suggest that Pt NPs possess peroxidase-like activity of decomposing H2O2 into &z.rad;OH under acidic conditions

  17. Structural assembly effects of Pt nanoparticle-carbon nanotube-polyaniline nanocomposites on the enhancement of biohydrogen fuel cell performance

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    Hoa, Le Quynh, E-mail: hoa@p.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp [Department of Applied Physics, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, 2-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan); Sugano, Yasuhito; Yoshikawa, Hiroyuki; Saito, Masato [Department of Applied Physics, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, 2-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan); Tamiya, Eiichi, E-mail: tamiya@ap.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp [Department of Applied Physics, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, 2-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan)

    2011-11-30

    Graphical abstract: - Abstract: In this work, we designed various polyaniline (PANI) nanocomposites with platinum (Pt) nanoparticle-decorated multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), employed them as anodic catalysts, and studied their structural assembly effects with regard to enhancing biohydrogen fuel cell performance. Of two proposed structures, the PANI/Pt/MWCNTs multilayer nanocomposites showed superior electrocatalytic activities in the hydrogen oxidation reaction and in fuel cell power density relative to the Pt/MWCNTs-PANI core-shell design. These enhancements were attributed to the active interface formed between the Pt nanoparticles and polyaniline nanofibers, where the higher electronic and ionic conductivities of the thin PANI nanofiber layers in contact with Pt active sites were better than with the PANI bound Pt/MWCNTs. We also investigated the change in the electronic state of the composites and the charge-transfer rate caused by varying the structural assembly. Finally, the role of each catalyst component was examined to understand its individual effect on fuel cell performance and to understand its structural assembly effect on enhanced power density.

  18. Structural and magnetic properties of FePt nanoparticles from the gas phase; Strukturelle und magnetische Eigenschaften von FePt-Nanopartikeln aus der Gasphase

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    Dmitrieva, O.

    2007-09-21

    In this work, we present the structural and magnetic characterization of FePt nanoparticles. The nanoparticles with mean size of about 6 nm were prepared by sputtering in the gas and subsequent inert gas condensation. The particles are annealed in the furnace during their flight prior to deposition on a substrate. The aim of this work is to prepare magnetically hard FePt nanoparticles in the L1{sub 0}-ordered phase. The structure of the particles was investigated by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, and the investigations were supported by contrast simulations. The morphology of the particles varies with the sputter-gas pressure and with the annealing temperature. At a pressure of 0.5 mbar, the FePt-nanoparticles are multiply-twinned with an icosahedral structure and exhibit no formation of the L1{sub 0}-ordered phase. At a higher pressure of 1 mbar and an annealing temperature of 1000 C, the particles are partially single-crystalline. About 36 % of the particles are found to be in the L1{sub 0}-ordered state as was estimated by statistical counting supported by simulations. In order to activate the volume diffusion in the particles and to stabilize the formation of the L1{sub 0}-ordered state, the addition of nitrogen was used during the sputtering phase. In this phase, atomic nitrogen is incorporated interstitially into the structure of the primary particles. After annealing nitrogen effuses out of the particles and, thereby, increases the volume diffusion of the Fe and Pt atoms. The incorporation of nitrogen atoms during nucleation and their effusion at an annealing temperature of 1000 C was verified by electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). Structural investigations on particles prepared in the presence of nitrogen shows that most of the particles are single-crystalline and about 70 % of them are L1{sub 0}-ordered. Detailed structural analysis of the nanoparticles was done by the exit wave

  19. Defect Kinetics and Magnetic Studies of Ion-Irradiated FePt Nanoparticles

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    Seetala, Naidu V.

    2009-03-01

    We have used 300 keV Al+-irradiation and 1 MeV proton-irradiation to obtain vacancy-migration enhanced phase transformation of FePt nanoparticles at lower temperatures (˜200° C). SRIM-2006 computer code was used to estimate the irradiation parameters and the defect concentrations. Low temperature annealing showed promising results, but further annealing at higher temperatures gave detrimental effects due to lattice strain produced by larger defect clusters. These effects are more prominent in proton-irradiation and the effects of vacancy clusters seem to remain stronger even at higher temperatures. The magnetization results indicate dissociation of vacancy clusters above 600° C. The magnetization studies of 700° C and 800° C annealed particles aged for one year at room temperature showed defect strain release over time.

  20. Interaction of the Mu-cyclohexadienyl radical with metallic (Au, Pt) nanoparticles in mesoporous silica

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    Xiao, J.; Arseneau, D. J.; Bridges, M. D.; Cortie, D.; Cottrell, S. P.; Dehn, M.; Fleming, D. G.; Kelly, J.; Kiefl, R. F.; MacFarlane, W. A.; MacLachlan, M.; McKenzie, I.

    2014-12-01

    μSR and ALCR techniques have been used to investigate the structure and dynamics of the Mu-cyclohexadienyl radical interacting with Au and Pt metal nanoparticles (MNPs) supported in mesoporous silica (SBA-15). Surprisingly, coherent precession signals are observed and the isotropic hyperfine coupling constants are almost the same in loaded and unloaded samples, implying that the electronic structure of MuC6H6 is only weakly perturbed by the presence of the MNPs. We propose the observed radicals are shielded from the metallic surfaces by a benzene coating on the MNPs. The Δ1 resonance is observable in MNP-loaded samples at higher temperatures than in the unloaded SBA-15. This is attributed to stronger binding of MuC6H6 to the benzene coated MNPs.

  1. 石墨烯负载Pt-Co纳米粒子及其在氧化还原反应中的应用%Preparation of graphene-supported Pt-Co nanoparticles and their use in oxygen reduction reactions

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    马延文; 刘忠儒; 王博琳; 朱磊; 杨建平; 李兴鳌

    2012-01-01

    采用微波-乙二醇方法还原氧化石墨烯和Pt(v)、Co(Ⅱ)粒子混合物,再经300℃H2还原,制备了石墨烯负载Pt-Co合金催化剂(Pt-Co/G).利用透射电镜、X-射线能谱、X-射线衍射和光电子能谱对所制催化剂进行表征.Pt-Co合金的粒径为3nm~8 nm,均匀地分散在石墨烯片上.与单金属的Pt/G和商品化的Pt/C催化剂相比,所制合金化的Pt-Co/G催化剂对氧还原反应展现出高的催化活性和可比拟的稳定性,显示了其在燃料电池中的应用潜力.%Electrocatalysts of graphene-supported Pt-Co alloy nanoparticles (Pt-Co/G) were prepared by a simultaneous reduction of mixtures of graphene oxide and Pt(Ⅳ),Co(Ⅱ) ions with ethylene glycol assisted by a microwave and further H2 treatment at 300 ℃.As-prepared Pt-Co/G catalysts were characterized by transmission electron microscopy,energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry,X-ray diffraction,and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.The Pt-Co binary alloy nanoparticles with a size of 3-8 nm were homogeneously dispersed on the graphene.Compared with the monometallic Pt/ G and commercial Pt/C catalysts,the Pt-Co/G catalysts have a high stability and increased electrocatalytic activity that is conducive for the oxygen reduction reaction,suggesting their potential application in fuel cells.

  2. Facile assembly of tetragonal Pt clusters on graphene oxide for enhanced nonlinear optical properties

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    Zheng, Chan; Li, Yubing; Huang, Li; Li, Wei; Chen, Wenzhe

    2015-11-01

    A facile method to assemble tetragonal Pt clusters on the surface of graphene oxide (Pt-cluster/GO) using anatase TiO2 as a template is proposed. The morphology and structure of Pt-cluster/GO were investigated, revealing that tetragonal Pt clusters with a diameter of 20-50 nm composed of 2-3 nm Pt nanoparticles (NPs) were homogenously decorated on the surface of GO. The nonlinear optical properties were characterized by the open-aperture Z-scan technique in the nanosecond regime using a laser with wavelength of 532 nm. The as-prepared Pt-cluster/GO hybrid was found to show strong optical limiting (OL) effects for nanosecond laser pulses at 532 nm, and the OL performance is superior to that of carbon nanotubes, a benchmark optical limiter. Furthermore, the Z-scan results showed that the OL performance of the Pt-cluster/GO hybrid is superior to that of GO and the Pt-NP/GO hybrid. The OL behavior of the metal/GO composite nanostructure can be effectively tailored by altering the aggregation means of metal NPs. Scattering measurements suggested that nonlinear scattering (NLS) played an important role in the observed OL behavior in the Pt-cluster/GO hybrid. The OL properties of the Pt-cluster/GO hybrid are attributed to the reverse saturable absorption in the GO sheet and NLS in the metal NPs.

  3. “Single-” and “multi-core” FePt nanoparticles: from controlled synthesis via zwitterionic and silica bio-functionalization to MRI applications

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    Kostevšek, Nina, E-mail: nina.kostevsek@ijs.si; Šturm, Sašo [Jožef Stefan Institute, Department for Nanostructured Materials (Slovenia); Serša, Igor; Sepe, Ana [Jožef Stefan Institute, Department for Condensed Matter Physics (Slovenia); Bloemen, Maarten; Verbiest, Thierry [KU Leuven, Department of Chemistry (Belgium); Kobe, Spomenka; Žužek Rožman, Kristina [Jožef Stefan Institute, Department for Nanostructured Materials (Slovenia)

    2015-12-15

    The value of the magnetization has a strong influence on the performance of nanoparticles that act as the contrast agent material for MRI. In this article, we describe processing routes for the synthesis of FePt nanoparticles of different sizes, which, as a result, exhibit different magnetization values. “Single-core” FePt nanoparticles of different sizes (3–15 nm) were prepared via one-step or two-step synthesis, with the latter exhibiting twice the magnetization (m{sub (1.5T)} = 14.5 emu/g) of the nanoparticles formed via the one-step synthesis (m{sub (1.5T)} < 8 emu/g). Furthermore, we propose the synthesis of “multi-core” FePt nanoparticles by changing the ratio between the two surfactants (oleylamine and oleic acid). The step from smaller “single-core” FePt nanoparticles towards the larger, “multi-core” FePt nanoparticles (>20 nm) leads to an increase in the magnetization m{sub (1.5T)} from 8 to 19.5 emu/g, without exceeding the superparamagnetic limit. Stable water suspensions were prepared using two different approaches: (a) functionalization with a biocompatible, zwitterionic, catechol ligand, which was used on the FePt nanoparticles for the first time, and (b) coating with SiO{sub 2} shells of various thicknesses. These FePt-based nanostructures, the catechol- and SiO{sub 2}-coated “single-core” and “multi-core” FePt nanoparticles, were investigated in terms of the relaxation rates. The higher r{sub 2} values obtained for the “multi-core” FePt nanoparticles compared to that for the “single-core” ones indicate the superiority of the “multi-core” FePt nanoparticles as T{sub 2} contrast agents. Furthermore, it was shown that the SiO{sub 2} coating reduces the r{sub 1} and r{sub 2} relaxation values for both the “single-core” and “multi-core” FePt nanoparticles. The high r{sub 2}/r{sub 1} ratios obtained in our study put FePt nanoparticles near the top of the list of candidate materials for use in MRI

  4. Low content Pt nanoparticles anchored on N-doped reduced graphene oxide with high and stable electrocatalytic activity for oxygen reduction reaction

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    Li, Zeyu; Gao, Qiuming; Zhang, Hang; Tian, Weiqian; Tan, Yanli; Qian, Weiwei; Liu, Zhengping

    2017-01-01

    A novel kind of Pt/N-rGO hybrid possessing of low content 5.31 wt.% Pt anchored on the surface of nitrogen doped reduced graphene oxide (N-rGO) evenly was prepared. The Pt has uniformed 2.8 nm diameter and exposed (111) crystal planes; meanwhile, the N works as the bridge between Pt and rGO with the Pt-N and N-C chemical bonds in Pt/N-rGO. The Pt/N-rGO material has a very high electrocatalytic activity in oxygen reduction reaction with the mass catalytic activity more than 1.5 times of the commercial Pt/C due to the synergistic catalytic effect of both N-doped carbon matrix and Pt nanoparticles. Moreover, the Pt/N-rGO exhibits an excellent stability with hardly loss (only 0.4%) after accelerated durability tests of 5000 cycles based on the stable Pt-N-C chemical bonds in Pt/N-rGO, which can prevent the detachment, dissolution, migration and aggregation of Pt nanoparticles on the matrix during the long-term cycling. PMID:28233857

  5. Low content Pt nanoparticles anchored on N-doped reduced graphene oxide with high and stable electrocatalytic activity for oxygen reduction reaction

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    Li, Zeyu; Gao, Qiuming; Zhang, Hang; Tian, Weiqian; Tan, Yanli; Qian, Weiwei; Liu, Zhengping

    2017-02-01

    A novel kind of Pt/N-rGO hybrid possessing of low content 5.31 wt.% Pt anchored on the surface of nitrogen doped reduced graphene oxide (N-rGO) evenly was prepared. The Pt has uniformed 2.8 nm diameter and exposed (111) crystal planes; meanwhile, the N works as the bridge between Pt and rGO with the Pt-N and N-C chemical bonds in Pt/N-rGO. The Pt/N-rGO material has a very high electrocatalytic activity in oxygen reduction reaction with the mass catalytic activity more than 1.5 times of the commercial Pt/C due to the synergistic catalytic effect of both N-doped carbon matrix and Pt nanoparticles. Moreover, the Pt/N-rGO exhibits an excellent stability with hardly loss (only 0.4%) after accelerated durability tests of 5000 cycles based on the stable Pt-N-C chemical bonds in Pt/N-rGO, which can prevent the detachment, dissolution, migration and aggregation of Pt nanoparticles on the matrix during the long-term cycling.

  6. High-temperature catalytic reforming of n-hexane over supported and core-shell Pt nanoparticle catalysts: role of oxide-metal interface and thermal stability.

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    An, Kwangjin; Zhang, Qiao; Alayoglu, Selim; Musselwhite, Nathan; Shin, Jae-Youn; Somorjai, Gabor A

    2014-08-13

    Designing catalysts with high thermal stability and resistance to deactivation while simultaneously maintaining their catalytic activity and selectivity is of key importance in high-temperature reforming reactions. We prepared Pt nanoparticle catalysts supported on either mesoporous SiO2 or TiO2. Sandwich-type Pt core@shell catalysts (SiO2@Pt@SiO2 and SiO2@Pt@TiO2) were also synthesized from Pt nanoparticles deposited on SiO2 spheres, which were encapsulated by either mesoporous SiO2 or TiO2 shells. n-Hexane reforming was carried out over these four catalysts at 240-500 °C with a hexane/H2 ratio of 1:5 to investigate thermal stability and the role of the support. For the production of high-octane gasoline, branched C6 isomers are more highly desired than other cyclic, aromatic, and cracking products. Over Pt/TiO2 catalyst, production of 2-methylpentane and 3-methylpentane via isomerization was increased selectively up to 420 °C by charge transfer at Pt-TiO2 interfaces, as compared to Pt/SiO2. When thermal stability was compared between supported catalysts and sandwich-type core@shell catalysts, the Pt/SiO2 catalyst suffered sintering above 400 °C, whereas the SiO2@Pt@SiO2 catalyst preserved the Pt nanoparticle size and shape up to 500 °C. The SiO2@Pt@TiO2 catalyst led to Pt nanoparticle sintering due to incomplete protection of the TiO2 shells during the reaction at 500 °C. Interestingly, over the Pt/TiO2 catalyst, the average size of Pt nanoparticles was maintained even after 500 °C without sintering. In situ ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy demonstrated that the Pt/TiO2 catalyst did not exhibit TiO2 overgrowth on the Pt surface or deactivation by Pt sintering up to 600 °C. The extraordinarily high stability of the Pt/TiO2 catalyst promoted high reaction rates (2.0 μmol · g(-1) · s(-1)), which was 8 times greater than other catalysts and high isomer selectivity (53.0% of C6 isomers at 440 °C). By the strong metal-support interaction

  7. New Synthesis of Pt-Ru Nanoparticles on Surface Modified Carbon Vulcane XC-72 as an Effective Catalyst for Direct Methanol Fuel Cell

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    Ahmad; Nozad; Golikand; Sajjad; Sadaghat; Sharehjini; Mohammad; Yari

    2007-01-01

    1 Results Pt-Ru nanoparticles are synthesised on the surface oxidized carbon Vulcane XC-72 as catalyst support by chemically anchoring Pt and Ru onto the surface of modified carbon vulcane XC-72 (by refluxing in 70% HNO3 at 120 ℃ for 12 h to introduce surface functional groups) .The nanoparticles of Pt and Ru are synthesized by reduction of H2PtCl6 and K4Ru(CN)6 with sodium borohydride in a 5.5 buffer solution of sodium citrate,the complexation of citrate with metal ions is beneficial to the formati...

  8. Magnetic heating properties and neutron activation of tungsten-oxide coated biocompatible FePt core-shell nanoparticles.

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    Seemann, K M; Luysberg, M; Révay, Z; Kudejova, P; Sanz, B; Cassinelli, N; Loidl, A; Ilicic, K; Multhoff, G; Schmid, T E

    2015-01-10

    Magnetic nanoparticles are highly desirable for biomedical research and treatment of cancer especially when combined with hyperthermia. The efficacy of nanoparticle-based therapies could be improved by generating radioactive nanoparticles with a convenient decay time and which simultaneously have the capability to be used for locally confined heating. The core-shell morphology of such novel nanoparticles presented in this work involves a polysilico-tungstate molecule of the polyoxometalate family as a precursor coating material, which transforms into an amorphous tungsten oxide coating upon annealing of the FePt core-shell nanoparticles. The content of tungsten atoms in the nanoparticle shell is neutron activated using cold neutrons at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRMII) neutron facility and thereby transformed into the radioisotope W-187. The sizeable natural abundance of 28% for the W-186 precursor isotope, a radiopharmaceutically advantageous gamma-beta ratio of γβ≈30% and a range of approximately 1mm in biological tissue for the 1.3MeV β-radiation are promising features of the nanoparticles' potential for cancer therapy. Moreover, a high temperature annealing treatment enhances the magnetic moment of nanoparticles in such a way that a magnetic heating effect of several degrees Celsius in liquid suspension - a prerequisite for hyperthermia treatment of cancer - was observed. A rise in temperature of approximately 3°C in aqueous suspension is shown for a moderate nanoparticle concentration of 0.5mg/ml after 15min in an 831kHz high-frequency alternating magnetic field of 250Gauss field strength (25mT). The biocompatibility based on a low cytotoxicity in the non-neutron-activated state in combination with the hydrophilic nature of the tungsten oxide shell makes the coated magnetic FePt nanoparticles ideal candidates for advanced radiopharmaceutical applications.

  9. Behavior of oxidized platinum nanoparticles on an aligned carbon nanotube forest

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    Matsuda, Keita; Norimatsu, Wataru; Arai, Shigeo; Kusunoki, Michiko

    2016-10-01

    We observed and analyzed the behavior of platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs) supported on aligned-carbon nanotubes (CNTs) at high temperatures by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscope observations. We found that the PtNPs moved toward the inner-side along each CNT on which they were deposited. The mechanism of this behavior is related to the redox reaction of Pt with the carbon atoms in the CNT. We also performed in-situ observation of this process at a high temperature using an environmental transmission electron microscope under an oxygen atmosphere. We found that the PtNPs penetrated down into a high-density aligned CNT forest along the tube axis and that the PtNPs changed their shape to fit the structure of the CNTs during their movement.

  10. Heterogenized Bimetallic Pd-Pt-Fe3O4 Nanoflakes as Extremely Robust, Magnetically Recyclable Catalysts for Chemoselective Nitroarene Reduction.

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    Byun, Sangmoon; Song, Yeami; Kim, B Moon

    2016-06-15

    A very simple synthesis of bimetallic Pd-Pt-Fe3O4 nanoflake-shaped alloy nanoparticles (NPs) for cascade catalytic reactions such as dehydrogenation of ammonia-borane (AB) followed by the reduction of nitro compounds (R-NO2) to anilines or alkylamines (R-NH2) in methanol at ambient temperature is described. The Pd-Pt-Fe3O4 NPs were easily prepared via a solution phase hydrothermal method involving the simple one-pot coreduction of potassium tetrachloroplatinate (II) and palladium chloride (II) in polyvinylpyrrolidone with subsequent deposition on commercially available Fe3O4 NPs. The bimetallic Pd-Pt alloy NPs decorated on Fe3O4 NPs provide a unique synergistic effect for the catalysis of cascade dehydrogenation/reduction. Various nitroarene derivatives were reduced to anilines with very specific chemoselectivity in the presence of other reducible functional groups. The bimetallic Pd-Pt-Fe3O4 NPs provide a unique synergistic effect for the catalysis of cascade dehydrogenation/reduction. The nitro reduction proceeded in 5 min with nearly quantitative conversions and yields. Furthermore, the magnetically recyclable nanocatalysts were readily separated using an external magnet and reused up to 250 times without any loss of catalytic activity. A larger scale (10 mmol) reaction was also successfully performed with >99% yield. This efficient, recyclable Pd-Pt-Fe3O4 NPs system can therefore be repetitively utilized for the reduction of various nitro-containing compounds.

  11. The size effect of titania-supported Pt nanoparticles on the electrocatalytic activity towards methanol oxidation reaction primarily via the bifunctional mechanism

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    Ting, Chao-Cheng; Liu, Chung-Hsuan; Tai, Chun-Yen; Hsu, Shih-Chieh; Chao, Chih-Shuan; Pan, Fu-Ming

    2015-04-01

    We prepared Pt nanoparticles of different particle sizes by plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD) on the native oxide surface layer of Ti thin films, and investigated the Pt particle size effect on the electrocatalytic activity towards methanol oxidation reaction (MOR) in acidic media. The average Pt nanoparticles size ranges from 3 nm to 7 nm depending on the number of the PEALD reaction cycles. The electronic interaction between Pt nanoparticles and the TiO2 support is insignificant according to x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses, suggesting that the influence of the Pt particle size on the electrocatalytic activity can be mainly described by the bifunctional mechanism. From cyclic voltammetry measurements, Pt particles of smaller size have a better CO tolerance in MOR. We proposed the reaction steps for the electrooxidation of CO adspecies on Pt nanoparticles on the basis of the bifunctional mechanism. The electrode with Pt nanoparticles of ∼5 nm in size shows the best electrocatalytic performance in terms of CO tolerance and electrochemical stability.

  12. A low-temperature synthesis of electrochemical active Pt nanoparticles and thin films by atomic layer deposition on Si(111) and glassy carbon surfaces

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    Liu, Rui [Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States); Han, Lihao [Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States); Photovoltaic Materials and Devices (PVMD) Laboratory, Delft University of Technology, P.O. Box 5031, GA Delft 2600 (Netherlands); Huang, Zhuangqun; Ferrer, Ivonne M. [Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States); Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 210 Noyes Laboratory 127-72, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States); Smets, Arno H.M.; Zeman, Miro [Photovoltaic Materials and Devices (PVMD) Laboratory, Delft University of Technology, P.O. Box 5031, GA Delft 2600 (Netherlands); Brunschwig, Bruce S., E-mail: bsb@caltech.edu [Beckman Institute, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States); Lewis, Nathan S., E-mail: nslewis@caltech.edu [Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States); Beckman Institute, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States); Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 210 Noyes Laboratory 127-72, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States); Kavli Nanoscience Institute, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States)

    2015-07-01

    Atomic layer deposition (ALD) was used to deposit nanoparticles and thin films of Pt onto etched p-type Si(111) wafers and glassy carbon discs. Using precursors of MeCpPtMe{sub 3} and ozone and a temperature window of 200–300 °C, the growth rate was 80–110 pm/cycle. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used to analyze the composition, structure, morphology, and thickness of the ALD-grown Pt nanoparticle films. The catalytic activity of the ALD-grown Pt for the hydrogen evolution reaction was shown to be equivalent to that of e-beam evaporated Pt on glassy carbon electrode. - Highlights: • Pure Pt films were grown by atomic layer deposition (ALD) using MeCpPtMe3 and ozone. • ALD-grown Pt thin films had high growth rates of 110 pm/cycle. • ALD-grown Pt films were electrocatalytic for hydrogen evolution from water. • Electrocatalytic activity of the ALD Pt films was equivalent to e-beam deposited Pt. • No carbon species were detected in the ALD-grown Pt films.

  13. NPS career forward

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    McLay, Deidre

    2014-01-01

    "NPS provided a critical link in my career from warfighting operator to strategic thinker and reasoner. I found the education at NPS to be superior in every respect, and I enrolled in as many classes as was physically possible during my time there so that I could take advantage of the expertise and resources that were available. My NPS education, as well as the Strategic Group XIX fellowship formulated many of the current initiatives for my Joint UAS Concepts team." US Navy (USN) author

  14. Tunable thermodynamic stability of Au-CuPt core-shell trimetallic nanoparticles by controlling the alloy composition: insights from atomistic simulations.

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    Huang, Rao; Shao, Gui-Fang; Wen, Yu-Hua; Sun, Shi-Gang

    2014-11-07

    A microscopic understanding of the thermal stability of metallic core-shell nanoparticles is of importance for their synthesis and ultimately application in catalysis. In this article, molecular dynamics simulations have been employed to investigate the thermodynamic evolution of Au-CuPt core-shell trimetallic nanoparticles with various Cu/Pt ratios during heating processes. Our results show that the thermodynamic stability of these nanoparticles is remarkably enhanced upon rising Pt compositions in the CuPt shell. The melting of all the nanoparticles initiates at surface and gradually spreads into the core. Due to the lattice mismatch among Au, Cu and Pt, stacking faults have been observed in the shell and their numbers are associated with the Cu/Pt ratios. With the increasing temperature, they have reduced continuously for the Cu-dominated shell while more stacking faults have been produced for the Pt-dominated shell because of the significantly different thermal expansion coefficients of the three metals. Beyond the overall melting, all nanoparticles transform into a trimetallic mixing alloy coated by an Au-dominated surface. This work provides a fundamental perspective on the thermodynamic behaviors of trimetallic, even multimetallic, nanoparticles at the atomistic level, indicating that controlling the alloy composition is an effective strategy to realize tunable thermal stability of metallic nanocatalysts.

  15. Electrooxidation of ethanol on platinum nanoparticles supported by ZrO2 nanotube matrix as a new highly active electrode

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    Ordikhani-Seyedlar, R.; Hosseini, M. G.; Daneshvari-Esfahlan, V.

    2017-08-01

    Platinum nanoparticles/ZrO2 nanotubes/Zr electrode (Pt-NPs/ZrO2-NTs/Zr) was fabricated by electroplating of platinum nanoparticles (Pt-NPs) on the ZrO2 nanotube arrays. ZrO2-NTs were prepared by anodizing in an electrolyte containing dimethylformamide (DMF), glycerol and ammonium fluoride (NH4F). The morphology and structure of ZrO2-NTs and Pt-NPs/ZrO2-NTs/Zr electrodes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). The results indicated that ZrO2-NTs involve individual tubes with the diameter of 50-90 nm. In addition, Pt-NPs were homogeneously deposited on the surface of ZrO2-NTs with the size range of 10-20 nm. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) and chronoamperometry (CA) methods were used to study the electro-catalytic properties of Pt-NPs/ZrO2-NTs/Zr and flat Pt electrodes for ethanol oxidation. Experiments revealed the Pt-NPs/ZrO2-NTs/Zr electrode to have higher electro catalytic activity and better stability for ethanol oxidation when compared to flat Pt electrode.

  16. Synthesis and photocatalytic activity of Pt-ZnO hybrid nanocomposite by solution plasma technology

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    Hu, Xiulan; Xu, QiuCheng; Ge, Chao; Su, Nan; Zhang, Jianbo; Huang, Huihong; Zhu, Shoufeng; Xu, Yanqiu; Cheng, Jiexu

    2017-01-01

    In this paper, Pt-ZnO hybrid nanocomposites were prepared by solution plasma technology. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and energy dispersive x-ray analysis (EDX) were used to verify their chemical composition. The size and morphology of the Pt-ZnO hybrid nanocomposites were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). These results indicate that about 2-3 nm Pt nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized and dispersed on the pyramid-like ZnO (20-60 nm) surface. Photodegradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) demonstrates that the Pt (5 wt%)-ZnO hybrid nanocomposite has better photocatalytic activity than commercial P25 because Pt NPs restrain the photogenerated electron/hole recombination and increase the catalyst activity.

  17. Synthesis and photocatalytic activity of Pt-ZnO hybrid nanocomposite by solution plasma technology.

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    Hu, Xiulan; Xu, QiuCheng; Ge, Chao; Su, Nan; Zhang, Jianbo; Huang, Huihong; Zhu, Shoufeng; Xu, Yanqiu; Cheng, Jiexu

    2017-01-27

    In this paper, Pt-ZnO hybrid nanocomposites were prepared by solution plasma technology. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and energy dispersive x-ray analysis (EDX) were used to verify their chemical composition. The size and morphology of the Pt-ZnO hybrid nanocomposites were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). These results indicate that about 2-3 nm Pt nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized and dispersed on the pyramid-like ZnO (20-60 nm) surface. Photodegradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) demonstrates that the Pt (5 wt%)-ZnO hybrid nanocomposite has better photocatalytic activity than commercial P25 because Pt NPs restrain the photogenerated electron/hole recombination and increase the catalyst activity.

  18. Enhanced electrocatalytic activity of the Au-electrodeposited Pt nanoparticles-coated conducting oxide for the quantum dot-sensitized solar cells

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    Yoon, Yeung-Pil; Kim, Jae-Hong; Kang, Soon-Hyung; Kim, Hyunsoo; Choi, Chel-Jong; Kim, Kyong-Kook; Ahn, Kwang-Soon

    2014-08-01

    Au was electrodeposited potentiostatically at 0.3 V for 5 min on nanoporous Pt nanoparticle-coated F-doped SnO2 (FTO/Pt) substrates. For comparison, Au-electrodeposited FTO (FTO/Au) and Au-uncoated FTO/Pt were prepared. FTO/Au showed large-sized Au clusters dispersed sparsely over FTO, which resulted in lower electrocatalytic activity than FTO/Pt. In contrast, FTO/Pt exhibited poor stability unlike FTO/Au due to poisoning by the adsorption of sulfur species. The Au-electrodeposited FTO/Pt (FTO/Pt/Au) consisted of small Au clusters deposited over the entire area of Pt due to the effective Au nucleation provided by nanoporous metallic Pt. FTO/Pt/Au exhibited enhanced electrocatalytic activity and excellent stability because the small Au particles well-dispersed over the nanoporous metallic Pt network provided numerous electrochemical reaction sites, and the Pt surface was not exposed to the electrolyte. When FTO/Pt/Au was used as the counter electrode (CE) of a quantum dot-sensitized solar cell, the significantly enhanced electrocatalytic activity of the FTO/Pt/Au CE facilitated the reduction reaction of Sn2- + 2e- (CE) → Sn-12- + S2- at the CE/electrolyte interface, resulting in a significantly hindered recombination reaction, Sn2- + 2e- (TiO2 in the photoanode) → Sn-12- + S2-, and significantly improved overall energy conversion efficiency.

  19. Hexagonal-to-cubic phase transformation in composite thin films induced by FePt nanoparticles located at PS/PEO interfaces.

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    Aissou, Karim; Fleury, Guillaume; Pecastaings, Gilles; Alnasser, Thomas; Mornet, Stéphane; Goglio, Graziella; Hadziioannou, Georges

    2011-12-06

    The organization process of asymmetric poly(styrene-block-ethylene oxide) (PS-b-PEO) copolymer thin films blended with FePt nanoparticles is studied. In a first step, it is shown that FePt nanoparticles stabilized by oleic acid ligands are distributed within the PS matrix phase, whereas the same particles partially covered with short dopamine-terminated-methoxy poly(ethylene oxide) (mPEO-Dopa) are located at PS/PEO interfaces. The swelling of PS domains, induced by FePt_oleic acid nanoparticles during the solvent annealing process, results in formation of a disordered microstructure in comparison to the well-organized hexagonally close-packed (HCP) cylinder phase formed in the neat PS-b-PEO copolymer. The evolution of the microstructure of PS-b-PEO/FePt_mPEO-Dopa composite has been investigated for different solvent annealing treatments. Under high-humidity conditions during the vapor annealing process, the addition of FePt nanoparticles results in formation of spheres in the film split into terraces. The upper and lower terraces are occupied by spheres organized in an unusual square and HCP phases, respectively. Under low-humidity conditions, undulated PEO cylinders oriented parallel to substrate are formed in the presence of FePt nanoparticles. In this case, we observe that most of the nanoparticles accumulate within the core of topological defects, which induces a low nanoparticle concentration at the PS/PEO interfaces and so stabilizes an intermediate undulated cylinder phase.

  20. Recording-media-related morphology and magnetic properties of crystalline CoPt{sub 3} and CoPt{sub 3}-Au core-shell nanoparticles synthesized via reverse microemulsion

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    Bahmanrokh, Ghazaleh, E-mail: ghazalehbahmanrokh@yahoo.com; Hashim, Mansor; Matori, Khamirul Amin; Kanagesan, Samikannu; Sabbaghizadeh, Rahim; Ezzad Shafie, Mohd Shamsul [Materials Synthesis and Characterization Laboratory, Institute of Advanced Technology, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia); Navasery, Manizheh; Soltani, Nayereh [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM, Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia); Vaziri, Parisa [Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2014-09-07

    A comparative experimental study of the magnetic properties of CoPt{sub 3} and CoPt{sub 3}/Au nanoparticles as well as a detailed study of the structural properties of the samples by X-ray diffraction, Transmission electron microscopy, and vibrating sample magnetometer is presented in this work. In addition, the effect of particle size on the structure and magnetic properties of nanoparticles prepared by microemulsion is studied. The correlation between particle size, crystallinity, and magnetization was studied as well. CoPt nanoparticles have been studied intensively over the last decade because of their increased magnetic anisotropy in the ordered phase that can be interesting for high density magnetic recording. A significant high coercivity for as-prepared CoPt{sub 3} and CoPt{sub 3}-Au nanoparticles was obtained at room temperature and enhanced after annealing. The focused aim of our study is to obtain high coercivity at room temperature that follows the Curie-Weiss law. This indicates an interacting system in which the nanoparticles behave like single domain ferromagnetic materials in the particle size range of 8 to 35 nm. In addition, the interaction increases by cooling the samples to low temperature around 15 K. Temperature dependence 1/M graph was obtained to investigate the behavior of nanoparticles at low temperature and shows the best fit with Curie-Weis mode.

  1. An opening route to the design of cathode materials for fuel cells based on PtCo nanoparticles

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    Hernandez-Fernandez, Patricia [Departamento de Quimica-Fisica Aplicada, Electroquimica, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Campus Cantoblanco (Spain); Rojas, Sergio; De la Fuente, Jose Luis Gomez; Terreros, Pilar; Pena, Miguel Antonio; Garcia-Fierro, Jose Luis [Instituto de Catalisis y Petroleoquimica C.S.I.C., C/Marie Curie 2, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Ocon, Pilar [Departamento de Quimica-Fisica Aplicada, Electroquimica, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Campus Cantoblanco (Spain)

    2007-11-30

    The performance of PtCo/C electrocatalysts in the oxygen reduction reaction is enhanced after thermal treatment in hydrogen. In fact, the intrinsic activity (per gram of Pt) of PtCo/C electrocatalyst after the adequate treatment is far superior to that of the commercial sample. The PtCo nanoparticles were prepared from the water-in-oil microemulsion technique. The total metal loading of the catalyst was 30 wt%, and two reduction temperatures, 300 and 875 C, were studied. Electrochemical measurements were carried out using the rotating disk electrode method in 0.5 M H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} at room temperature, while the Pt real surface area was determined by CO stripping voltammetry. Analyses from XPS and TPR revealed that the amount of Co and Pt reduced species as well as the particle size (XRD), increased with the thermal treatment. Results derived from the electrochemical analyses were in agreement with those obtained in a H{sub 2}/O{sub 2} single cell. These results demonstrate the important role of the cobalt as well as the reduction temperature and atmosphere, and open new ways for the design of improved bimetallic catalyst. (author)

  2. Proton conductive Pt-Co nanoparticles anchoring on citric acid functionalized graphene for efficient oxygen reduction reaction

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    Zhao, Yige; Liu, Jingjun; Wu, Yijun; Wang, Feng

    2017-08-01

    Designing highly efficient electro-catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) has been regarded as a demanding task in the development of renewable energy sources. However, little attention has been paid on improving Pt-based catalysts by promoting proton transfer from the electrolyte solutions to the catalyst layer at the cathode. Herein, we design proton conductive Pt-Co alloy nanoparticles anchoring on citric acid functionalized graphene (Pt-Co/CA-G) catalysts for efficient ORR. The facile modification approach for graphene can introduce oxygenated functional groups on the graphene surface to promote proton transfer as well as keeping the high electron conductivity without destroying the graphene original structure. The electrochemical results show that the Pt-Co/CA-G catalyst exhibits more excellent ORR activity and stability than the commercial Pt/C catalyst, which can be attributed to its improved proton transfer ability. The fast proton transfer comes from the hydrogen-bonding networks formed by the interaction between the oxygenated functional groups and water molecules. This work provides not only a novel and simple approach to modify graphene but also an effective strategy to improve Pt-based catalysts for the ORR.

  3. Microwave irradiation for the facile synthesis of transition-metal nanoparticles (NPs) in ionic liquids (ILs) from metal-carbonyl precursors and Ru-, Rh-, and Ir-NP/IL dispersions as biphasic liquid-liquid hydrogenation nanocatalysts for cyclohexene.

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    Vollmer, Christian; Redel, Engelbert; Abu-Shandi, Khalid; Thomann, Ralf; Manyar, Haresh; Hardacre, Christopher; Janiak, Christoph

    2010-03-22

    Stable chromium, molybdenum, tungsten, manganese, rhenium, ruthenium, osmium, cobalt, rhodium, and iridium metal nanoparticles (M-NPs) have been reproducibly obtained by facile, rapid (3 min), and energy-saving 10 W microwave irradiation (MWI) under an argon atmosphere from their metal-carbonyl precursors [M(x)(CO)(y)] in the ionic liquid (IL) 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([BMIm][BF(4)]). This MWI synthesis is compared to UV-photolytic (1000 W, 15 min) or conventional thermal decomposition (180-250 degrees C, 6-12 h) of [M(x)(CO)(y)] in ILs. The MWI-obtained nanoparticles have a very small (IL dispersions (characterization by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), transmission electron diffraction (TED), and dynamic light scattering (DLS)). The ruthenium, rhodium, or iridium nanoparticle/IL dispersions are highly active and easily recyclable catalysts for the biphasic liquid-liquid hydrogenation of cyclohexene to cyclohexane with activities of up to 522 (mol product) (mol Ru)(-1) h(-1) and 884 (mol product) (mol Rh)(-1) h(-1) and give almost quantitative conversion within 2 h at 10 bar H(2) and 90 degrees C. Catalyst poisoning experiments with CS(2) (0.05 equiv per Ru) suggest a heterogeneous surface catalysis of Ru-NPs.

  4. Dynamics of electrocatalytic oxidation of ethylene glycol, methanol and formic acid at MWCNT platform electrochemically modified with Pt/Ru nanoparticles

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    Maxakato, NW

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Comparative electrocatalytic behavior of functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (fMWCNTs) electrodecorated with Pt/Ru nanoparticles towards the oxidation of methanol (MeOH), ethylene glycol (EG) and formic acid (FA) has been investigated...

  5. Effects triggered by platinum nanoparticles on primary keratinocytes.

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    Konieczny, Piotr; Goralczyk, Anna Grazyna; Szmyd, Radoslaw; Skalniak, Lukasz; Koziel, Joanna; Filon, Francesca Larese; Crosera, Matteo; Cierniak, Agnieszka; Zuba-Surma, Ewa K; Borowczyk, Julia; Laczna, Eliza; Drukala, Justyna; Pyza, Elzbieta; Semik, Danuta; Woznicka, Olga; Klein, Andrzej; Jura, Jolanta

    2013-01-01

    The platinum (Pt)-group elements (PGEs) represent a new kind of environmental pollutant and a new hazard for human health. Since their introduction as vehicle-exhaust catalysts, their emissions into the environment have grown considerably compared with their low natural concentration in the earth crust. PGE emissions from vehicle catalysts can be also in the form of nanometer-sized particles (Pt nanoparticles [PtNPs]). These elements, both in their metallic form or as ions solubilized in biological media, are now recognized as potent allergens and sensitizers. Human skin is always exposed to toxic particles; therefore, in the present study we addressed the question of whether polyvinylpyrrolidone-coated PtNPs may have any negative effects on skin cells, including predominantly epidermal keratinocytes. In this study, PtNPs of two sizes were used: 5.8 nm and 57 nm, in concentrations of 6.25, 12.5, and 25 μg/mL. Both types of NPs were protected with polyvinylpyrrolidone. Primary keratinocytes were treated for 24 and 48 hours, then cytotoxicity, genotoxicity, morphology, metabolic activity, and changes in the activation of signaling pathways were investigated in PtNP-treated cells. We found that PtNPs trigger toxic effects on primary keratinocytes, decreasing cell metabolism, but these changes have no effects on cell viability or migration. Moreover, smaller NPs exhibited more deleterious effect on DNA stability than the big ones. Analyzing activation of caspases, we found changes in activity of caspase 9 and caspase 3/7 triggered mainly by smaller NPs. Changes were not so significant in the case of larger nanoparticles. Importantly, we found that PtNPs have antibacterial properties, as is the case with silver NPs (AgNPs). In comparison to our previous study regarding the effects of AgNPs on cell biology, we found that PtNPs do not exhibit such deleterious effects on primary keratinocytes as AgNPs and that they also can be used as potential antibacterial agents

  6. Synthesis of hollow and nanoporous gold/platinum alloy nanoparticles and their electrocatalytic activity for formic acid oxidation.

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    Lee, Doori; Jang, Ho Young; Hong, Soonchang; Park, Sungho

    2012-12-15

    In this work, hollow Au/Pt alloy nanoparticles (NPs) with porous surfaces were synthesized in a two-step procedure. In the first step, tri-component Ag/Au/Pt alloy NPs were synthesized through the galvanic replacement reaction between Ag NPs and aqueous solutions containing a mixture of HAuCl(4) and H(2)PtCl(4). In the second step, the Ag component was selectively dealloyed with nitric acid (HNO(3)), resulting in hollow di-component Au/Pt alloy NPs with a porous surface morphology. The atomic ratio of Au to Pt in the NPs was easily tunable by controlling the molar ratio of the precursor solution (HAuCl(4) and H(2)PtCl(6)). Hollow, porous Au/Pt alloy NPs showed enhanced catalytic activity toward formic acid electrooxidation compared to the analogous pure Pt NPs. This improved activity can be attributable to the suppression of CO poisoning via the "ensemble" effect. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Nanoscale compositional changes and modification of the surface reactivity of Pt{sub 3}Co/C nanoparticles during proton-exchange membrane fuel cell operation

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    Dubau, L. [Laboratoire d' Electrochimie et de Physico-chimie des Materiaux et des Interfaces, UMR 5631 CNRS/Grenoble Universite, 1130 rue de la piscine, BP75, 38402 Saint Martin d' Heres Cedex (France); Maillard, F., E-mail: frederic.maillard@lepmi.grenoble-inp.f [Laboratoire d' Electrochimie et de Physico-chimie des Materiaux et des Interfaces, UMR 5631 CNRS/Grenoble Universite, 1130 rue de la piscine, BP75, 38402 Saint Martin d' Heres Cedex (France); Chatenet, M. [Laboratoire d' Electrochimie et de Physico-chimie des Materiaux et des Interfaces, UMR 5631 CNRS/Grenoble Universite, 1130 rue de la piscine, BP75, 38402 Saint Martin d' Heres Cedex (France); Andre, J.; Rossinot, E. [Axane, 2 rue de Clemenciere, BP 15, 38360 Sassenage (France)

    2010-12-30

    This study bridges the structure/composition of Pt-Co/C nanoparticles with their surface reactivity and their electrocatalytic activity. We show that Pt{sub 3}Co/C nanoparticles are not stable during PEMFC operation (H{sub 2}/air; j = 0.6 A cm{sup -2}, T = 70 {sup o}C) but suffer compositional changes at the nanoscale. In the first hours of operation, the dissolution of Co atoms at their surface yields to the formation of a Pt-enriched shell covering a Pt-Co alloy core ('Pt-skeleton') and increases the affinity of the surface to oxygenated and hydrogenated species. This structure does not ensure stability in PEMFC conditions but is rather a first step towards the formation of 'Pt-shell/Pt-Co alloy core' structures with depleted Co content. In these operating conditions, the Pt-Co/C specific activity for the ORR varies linearly with the fraction of Co alloyed to Pt present in the core and is severely depreciated (ca. -50%) after 1124 h of operation. This is attributed to: (i) the decrease of both the strain and the ligand effect of Co atoms contained in the core (ii) the changes in the surface structure of the electrocatalyst (formation of a multilayer-thick Pt shell) and (iii) the relaxation of the Pt surface atoms.

  8. Activity descriptor identification for oxygen reduction on platinum-based bimetallic nanoparticles: in situ observation of the linear composition-strain-activity relationship.

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    Jia, Qingying; Liang, Wentao; Bates, Michael K; Mani, Prasanna; Lee, Wendy; Mukerjee, Sanjeev

    2015-01-27

    Despite recent progress in developing active and durable oxygen reduction catalysts with reduced Pt content, lack of elegant bottom-up synthesis procedures with knowledge over the control of atomic arrangement and morphology of the Pt-alloy catalysts still hinders fuel cell commercialization. To follow a less empirical synthesis path for improved Pt-based catalysts, it is essential to correlate catalytic performance to properties that can be easily controlled and measured experimentally. Herein, using Pt-Co alloy nanoparticles (NPs) with varying atomic composition as an example, we show that the atomic distribution of Pt-based bimetallic NPs under operating conditions is strongly dependent on the initial atomic ratio by employing microscopic and in situ spectroscopic techniques. The PtxCo/C NPs with high Co content possess a Co concentration gradient such that Co is concentrated in the core and gradually depletes in the near-surface region, whereas the PtxCo/C NPs with low Co content possess a relatively uniform distribution of Co with low Co population in the near-surface region. Despite their different atomic structure, the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity of PtxCo/C and Pt/C NPs is linearly related to the bulk average Pt-Pt bond length (RPt-Pt). The RPt-Pt is further shown to contract linearly with the increase in Co/Pt composition. These linear correlations together demonstrate that (i) the improved ORR activity of PtxCo/C NPs over pure Pt NPs originates predominantly from the compressive strain and (ii) the RPt-Pt is a valid strain descriptor that bridges the activity and atomic composition of Pt-based bimetallic NPs.

  9. Formic acid electro-oxidation on carbon supported Pd{sub x}Pt{sub 1-x} (0 {>=} x {>=} 1) nanoparticles synthesized via modified polyol method

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    Baranova, Elena A., E-mail: elena.baranova@uottawa.c [Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Ottawa, 161 Louis-Pasteur St., Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N5 (Canada); Miles, Neil [Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Ottawa, 161 Louis-Pasteur St., Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N5 (Canada); Mercier, Patrick H.J.; Le Page, Yvon; Patarachao, Bussaraporn [Institute for Chemical Process and Environmental Technology, National Research Council Canada, 1200 Montreal Rd., Ottawa, ON, K1A 0R6 (Canada)

    2010-11-30

    Carbon supported nanoparticle catalysts of Pd{sub x}Pt{sub 1-x} (0 {>=} x {>=} 1) were synthesized using a modified polyol method and poly(N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone) (PVP) as a stabilizer. Resulting nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), cyclic voltammetry (CV) and chronoamperommetry (CA) study for formic acid electro-oxidation. Surface composition of the synthesized nanoparticles found from XPS revealed the Pt surface segregation even for the Pd-rich compositions. It is suggested that the surface segregation behavior in PdPt nanoparticles supported on carbon may be influenced, in addition to the difference in Pd and Pt surface energies, by particle size and particle interaction with the support. According to CA, the carbon supported Pd nanoparticles show the highest initial activity towards formic acid electro-oxidation at the potential of 0.3 V (RHE), due to the promotion of the direct dehydrogenation mechanism. However its stability is quite poor resulting in the fast deactivation of the Pd surface. Addition of Pt considerably improves the steady-state activity of Pd in 12 h CA experiment. CA measurements show that the most active catalyst is Pd{sub 0.5}Pt{sub 0.5} of 4 nm size, which displays narrow size distribution and Pd to Pt surface atomic ratio of 27-73.

  10. Ru-decorated Pt nanoparticles on N-doped multi-walled carbon nanotubes by atomic layer deposition for direct methanol fuel cells

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    Johansson, Anne-Charlotte Elisabeth Birgitta; Yang, R.B.; Haugshøj, K.B.

    2013-01-01

    (methylcyclopentadienyl)platinum MeCpPtMe3, bis(ethylcyclopentadienyl)ruthenium Ru(EtCp)2 and O2 as the precursors. Catalysts with 5, 10 and 20 ALD Ru cycles grown onto the CNT-supported ALD Pt nanoparticles (150 cycles) were prepared and tested towards the electro-oxidation of CO and methanol, using cyclic voltammetry...

  11. 聚乙烯亚胺功能化碳纳米管负载铂@金核壳纳米粒子的过氧化氢传感器%A Hydrogen Peroxide Sensor Based on Pt@Au Nanoparticles Loading to Polyethyleneimine Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes

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    汪维维; 裘宇; 张少鹏; 李嘉伟; 卢小泉; 刘秀辉

    2014-01-01

    实验以聚乙烯亚胺(PEI)功能化的多壁碳纳米管( MWNTs)作为生长基质,电沉积金纳米粒子(AuNPs)作为晶种,采用种子介导生长法在玻碳电极(GCE)上生长铂纳米粒子(PtNPs),以此制备了一种新型的过氧化氢(H2 O2)传感器。利用电化学方法和冷场发射扫描电镜(FESEM)对此修饰电极(Pt@ Au/ PEI-MWNTs/ GCE)进行了表征。示差脉冲实验表明,该电极对 H2 O2有优异的电催化效果,在9.2×10-8~2.1×10-3 mol/ L 范围内 H2 O2的浓度与电流响应呈线性关系,线性相关系数0.9994,检出限3.1×10-8 mol/ L(S/ N=3)。%A novel hydrogen peroxide sensor was fabricated by the seed-mediated growth method. First, polyethyleneimine(PEI) functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes(MWNTs) were used as growth scaffold on the glass carbon electrode ( GCE). Then, Au nanoparticles were electrodeposited uniformly as seeds. Finally, Pt nanoparticles ( PtNPs ) grew on Au nanoparticles to form Pt @ Au core-shell structure nanocomposite. A new type of electrochemical sensor based on Pt @ Au / PEI-MWNTs nanocomposites for detection of hydrogen peroxide was developed, and the designed Pt@ Au / PEI-MWNTs/ GCE was characterized by electrochemical methods and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). The Differential pulse experimental results showed that the modified electrode exhibited excellent electrocatalytic activity towards the reduction of H2 O2 with the wide linear range from 9. 2 ×10-8 mol/ L to 1. 3 ×10-3 mol/ L. The correlation coefficient was 0. 9994 and the low detection limit was 3. 1×10-8 mol/ L at the signal-to-noise of 3.

  12. Electrocatalytic (Bio)Nanostructures Based on Polymer-Grafted Platinum Nanoparticles for Analytical Purpose.

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    Gal, François; Challier, Lylian; Cousin, Fabrice; Perez, Henri; Noel, Vincent; Carrot, Geraldine

    2016-06-15

    Functionalized platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs) possess electrocatalytic properties toward H2O2 oxidation, which are of great interest for the construction of electrochemical oxidoreductase-based sensors. In this context, we have shown that polymer-grafted PtNPs could efficiently be used as building bricks for electroactive structures. In the present work, we prepared different 2D-nanostructures based on these elementary bricks, followed by the subsequent grafting of enzymes. The aim was to provide well-defined architectures to establish a correlation between their electrocatalytic properties and the arrangement of building bricks. Two different nanostructures have been elaborated via the smart combination of surface initiated-atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP), functionalized PtNPs (Br-PtNPs) and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique. The first nanostructure (A) has been elaborated from LB films of poly(methacrylic acid)-grafted PtNPs (PMAA-PtNPs). The second nanostructure (B) consisted in the elaboration of polymer brushes (PMAA brushes) from Br-PtNPs LB films. In both systems, grafting of the glucose oxidase (GOx) has been performed directly to nanostructures, via peptide bonding. Structural features of nanostructures have been carefully characterized (compression isotherms, neutron reflectivity, and profilometry) and correlated to their electrocatalytic properties toward H2O2 oxidation or glucose sensing.

  13. Asymmetric silica encapsulation toward colloidal Janus nanoparticles: a concave nanoreactor for template-synthesis of an electocatalytic hollow Pt nanodendrite

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    Koo, Jung Hun; Kim, Daun; Kim, Jin Goo; Jeong, Hwakyeung; Kim, Jongwon; Lee, In Su

    2016-07-01

    A novel reverse microemulsion strategy was developed to asymmetrically encapsulate metal-oxide nanoparticles in silica by exploiting the self-catalytic growth of aminosilane-containing silica at a single surface site. This strategy produced various colloidal Janus nanoparticles, including Au/Fe3O4@asy-SiO2, which were converted to an Au-containing silica nanosphere, Au@con-SiO2, by reductive Fe3O4 dissolution. The use of Au@con-SiO2 as a metal-growing nanoreactor allowed the templated synthesis of various noble-metal nanocrystals, including a hollow dendritic Pt nanoshell which exhibits significantly better electrocatalytic activities for the oxygen reduction reaction than commercial Pt/C catalysts.A novel reverse microemulsion strategy was developed to asymmetrically encapsulate metal-oxide nanoparticles in silica by exploiting the self-catalytic growth of aminosilane-containing silica at a single surface site. This strategy produced various colloidal Janus nanoparticles, including Au/Fe3O4@asy-SiO2, which were converted to an Au-containing silica nanosphere, Au@con-SiO2, by reductive Fe3O4 dissolution. The use of Au@con-SiO2 as a metal-growing nanoreactor allowed the templated synthesis of various noble-metal nanocrystals, including a hollow dendritic Pt nanoshell which exhibits significantly better electrocatalytic activities for the oxygen reduction reaction than commercial Pt/C catalysts. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr03557d

  14. Direct synthesis of L1{sub 0} FePt nanoparticles within carbon nanotubes by wet chemical procedure

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    Capobianchi, A; Laureti, S; Fiorani, D [Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Istituto di Struttura della Materia (ISM), Rome (Italy); Foglia, S [Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie, Rome (Italy); Palange, E, E-mail: aldo.capobianchi@ism.cnr.i [Universita degli Studi dell' Aquila, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica e dell' Informazione, L' Aquila (Italy)

    2010-12-01

    This paper reports on the low temperature synthesis of L1{sub 0} iron-platinum (FePt) particles within multiwall carbon nanotubes using a novel wet chemical method that allows the filling of the nanotube cavity keeping clean its external wall. In the proposed procedure, nanotubes are filled with a precursor salt of hexaaquairon(II) hexachloroplatinate, ([Fe(H{sub 2}O){sub 6}][PtCl{sub 6}]) and nanoparticles of the magnetically hard phase are directly obtained by heating at 400 {sup 0}C in a reductive atmosphere. The advantage of such a precursor, allowing one to obtain at low temperature the L1{sub 0} phase without passing through the soft fcc phase, is due to its structure, where the Fe and Pt atoms are arranged in alternating planes, as in the fct FePt structure. Morphological, structural and magnetic properties of the filled nanotubes have been investigated by transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction and magnetization measurements. The results show the coexistence of nanoparticles in the superparamagnetic and blocked state, depending on the temperature, due to the particle size distribution.

  15. Co@Pt Core@Shell nanoparticles encapsulated in porous carbon derived from zeolitic imidazolate framework 67 for oxygen electroreduction in alkaline media

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    Wang, Likai; Tang, Zhenghua; Yan, Wei; Wang, Qiannan; Yang, Hongyu; Chen, Shaowei

    2017-03-01

    Nanocomposites based on Co@Pt core@shell nanoparticles encapsulated in nitrogen-doped porous carbons were prepared as a new type of high-performance electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). Controlled pyrolysis of zeolitic imidazolate framework 67 (ZIF-67) led to the formation of Co nanoparticles encapsulated in nitrogen-doped porous carbon (Co-NC), which underwent galvanic replacement reactions with K2PtCl4 forming Co@Pt core@shell nanoparticles. The surface microstructure and composition of the resulting Co@Pt-NC nanocomposite were examined by electron microscopic as well as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) measurements. With the Co@Pt particles encapsulated in nitrogen-doped porous carbon, the hybrids exhibited a high specific surface area and abundant catalytically active sites for ORR. Electrochemically, the specific activity and mass activity of the Co@Pt-NC composite at +0.85 V (0.145 mA cm-2 and 71.9 A g-1) were superior to those of commercial Pt/C (0.123 mA cm-2 and 38.4 A g-1). Furthermore, the Co@Pt-NC composite also exhibited remarkably higher durability and more robust tolerance against methanol crossover than commercial Pt/C.

  16. Synthesis of Fe3O4/Pt Nanoparticles Decorated Carbon Nanotubes and Their Use as Magnetically Recyclable Catalysts

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    Hongkun He

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available We report a facile approach to prepare Fe3O4/Pt nanoparticles decorated carbon nanotubes (CNTs. The superparamagnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles with average size of 4∼5 nm were loaded on the surfaces of carboxyl groups functionalized CNTs via a high-temperature solution-phase hydrolysis method from the raw material of FeCl3. The synthesis process of magnetic CNTs is green and readily scalable. The loading amounts of Fe3O4 nanopartilces and the magnetizations of the resulting magnetic CNTs show good tunability. The Pt nanopaticles with average size of 2.5 nm were deposited on the magnetic CNTs through a solution-based method. It is demonstrated that the Fe3O4/Pt nanoparticles decorated CNTs have high catalytic activity in the reduction reaction of 4-nitrophenol and can be readily recycled by a magnet and reused in the next reactions with high efficiencies for at least fifteen successive cycles. The novel CNTs-supported magnetically recyclable catalysts are promising in heterogeneous catalysis applications.

  17. Size-Controlled Synthesis of Sub-10 nm PtNi3 Alloy Nanoparticles and their Unusual Volcano-Shaped Size Effect on ORR Electrocatalysis.

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    Gan, Lin; Rudi, Stefan; Cui, Chunhua; Heggen, Marc; Strasser, Peter

    2016-06-01

    Dealloyed Pt bimetallic core-shell catalysts derived from low-Pt bimetallic alloy nanoparticles (e.g, PtNi3 ) have recently shown unprecedented activity and stability on the cathodic oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) under realistic fuel cell conditions and become today's catalyst of choice for commercialization of automobile fuel cells. A critical step toward this breakthrough is to control their particle size below a critical value (≈10 nm) to suppress nanoporosity formation and hence reduce significant base metal (e.g., Ni) leaching under the corrosive ORR condition. Fine size control of the sub-10 nm PtNi3 nanoparticles and understanding their size dependent ORR electrocatalysis are crucial to further improve their ORR activity and stability yet still remain unexplored. A robust synthetic approach is presented here for size-controlled PtNi3 nanoparticles between 3 and 10 nm while keeping a constant particle composition and their size-selected growth mechanism is studied comprehensively. This enables us to address their size-dependent ORR activities and stabilities for the first time. Contrary to the previously established monotonic increase of ORR specific activity and stability with increasing particle size on Pt and Pt-rich bimetallic nanoparticles, the Pt-poor PtNi3 nanoparticles exhibit an unusual "volcano-shaped" size dependence, showing the highest ORR activity and stability at the particle sizes between 6 and 8 nm due to their highest Ni retention during long-term catalyst aging. The results of this study provide important practical guidelines for the size selection of the low Pt bimetallic ORR electrocatalysts with further improved durably high activity.

  18. The Next Generation of Platinum Drugs: Targeted Pt(II) Agents, Nanoparticle Delivery, and Pt(IV) Prodrugs.

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    Johnstone, Timothy C; Suntharalingam, Kogularamanan; Lippard, Stephen J

    2016-03-09

    The platinum drugs, cisplatin, carboplatin, and oxaliplatin, prevail in the treatment of cancer, but new platinum agents have been very slow to enter the clinic. Recently, however, there has been a surge of activity, based on a great deal of mechanistic information, aimed at developing nonclassical platinum complexes that operate via mechanisms of action distinct from those of the approved drugs. The use of nanodelivery devices has also grown, and many different strategies have been explored to incorporate platinum warheads into nanomedicine constructs. In this Review, we discuss these efforts to create the next generation of platinum anticancer drugs. The introduction provides the reader with a brief overview of the use, development, and mechanism of action of the approved platinum drugs to provide the context in which more recent research has flourished. We then describe approaches that explore nonclassical platinum(II) complexes with trans geometry or with a monofunctional coordination mode, polynuclear platinum(II) compounds, platinum(IV) prodrugs, dual-threat agents, and photoactivatable platinum(IV) complexes. Nanoparticles designed to deliver platinum(IV) complexes will also be discussed, including carbon nanotubes, carbon nanoparticles, gold nanoparticles, quantum dots, upconversion nanoparticles, and polymeric micelles. Additional nanoformulations, including supramolecular self-assembled structures, proteins, peptides, metal-organic frameworks, and coordination polymers, will then be described. Finally, the significant clinical progress made by nanoparticle formulations of platinum(II) agents will be reviewed. We anticipate that such a synthesis of disparate research efforts will not only help to generate new drug development ideas and strategies, but also will reflect our optimism that the next generation of approved platinum cancer drugs is about to arrive.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of FePt nanoparticles by high energy ball milling with and without surfactant

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    Velasco, V., E-mail: vvjimeno@fis.ucm.es [Instituto de Magnetismo Aplicado, UCM-ADIF-CSIC, 28230 Las Rozas (Spain); Martinez, A.; Recio, J. [Instituto de Magnetismo Aplicado, UCM-ADIF-CSIC, 28230 Las Rozas (Spain); Hernando, A.; Crespo, P. [Instituto de Magnetismo Aplicado, UCM-ADIF-CSIC, 28230 Las Rozas (Spain); Dpto. de Fisica de Materiales, UCM, 28040 Madrid (Spain)

    2012-09-25

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fe and Pt powders in the presence of surfactants don't alloyed by HEBM technique. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer FePt alloys obtained by dry milling exhibit particle sizes of around 10 {mu}m. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer FePt alloys obtained by dry milling exhibit soft magnetic behavior. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A thermal treatment induces a phase transformation from FCC to FCT. - Abstract: FePt nanoparticles were prepared by high energy ball milling (HEBM) in two different ways. In the first one, elemental powders were mixed and milled whereas in the second one the milling was performed in the presence of oleyl amine and oleic acid as surfactants and hexane as a solvent. X-ray diffraction shows that when the milling is performed in dry conditions, Fe and Pt are alloyed after 5 h, whereas in the wet milling procedure alloying does not take place. In the first case, the diffraction pattern corresponds to the disordered FCC phase. This behavior is also corroborated by the evolution of the magnetic characteristics. In the case of the alloy obtained in dry conditions, the powder was heat treated in order to induce the transformation to the ordered phase. Coercivities of 2.5 kOe are obtained after 650 Degree-Sign C for 2 h.

  20. Environmental transmission electron microscopy investigations of Pt-Fe2O3 nanoparticles for nucleating carbon nanotubes

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    He, Maoshuai; Jin, Hua; Zhang, Lili

    2016-01-01

    Elucidating the evolution of bimetallic catalyst for nucleating carbon nanotube has been challenging. In this work, acorn-like Pt-Fe2O3 nanoparticles are developed for the growth of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) by chemical vapor deposition. Using in situ environmental transmission...... electron microscopy, restructuring of the acorn-like Pt-Fe2O3 nanoparticles at reaction conditions is investigated. Upon heating to reaction temperature, ε-Fe2O3 is converted to β-Fe2O3, which can be subsequently reduced to metallic Fe once introducing CO. As Pt promotes the carburization of Fe, part...

  1. Switching-off toluene formation in the solvent-free oxidation of benzyl alcohol using supported trimetallic Au-Pd-Pt nanoparticles.

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    He, Qian; Miedziak, Peter J; Kesavan, Lokesh; Dimitratos, Nikolaos; Sankar, Meenakshisundaram; Lopez-Sanchez, Jose Antonio; Forde, Michael M; Edwards, Jennifer K; Knight, David W; Taylor, Stuart H; Kiely, Christopher J; Hutchings, Graham J

    2013-01-01

    Trimetallic Au-Pd-Pt nanoparticles have been supported on activated carbon by the sol-immobilisation method. They are found to be highly active and selective catalysts for the solvent-free aerobic oxidation of benzyl alcohol. The addition of Pt promotes the selectivity to the desired product benzaldehyde at the expense of toluene formation. Detailed aberration corrected STEM-XEDS analysis confirmed that the supported particles are indeed Au-Pd-Pt ternary alloys, but also identified composition fluctuations from particle-to-particle which vary systematically with nanoparticle size.

  2. Electroactivity of high performance unsupported Pt-Ru nanoparticles in the presence of hydrogen and carbon monoxide

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    Velazquez-Palenzuela, Amado; Cabot, Pere-Lluis; Centellas, Francesc; Garrido, Jose Antonio; Arias, Conchita; Rodriguez, Rosa Maria; Brillas, Enric [Laboratori d' Electroquimica dels Materials i del Medi Ambient, Departament de Quimica Fisica, Universitat de Barcelona, Marti i Franques 1-11, 08028 Barcelona (Spain)

    2010-10-15

    The electrochemical activity of high performance unsupported (1:1) Pt-Ru electrocatalyst in the presence of hydrogen and carbon monoxide has been studied using the thin-film rotating disk electrode (RDE) technique. The kinetic parameters of these reactions were determined in H{sub 2}- and CO-saturated 0.5 M H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} solutions by means of cyclic voltammetry, including CO stripping, and RDE voltammetry. Pt-Ru/Nafion inks were prepared in one step with different Nafion mass fractions, allowing determining the ionomer influence in electrocatalytic response and obtaining the kinetic current density in absence of mass-transfer effects, being 41 and 12 mA cm{sup 2} (geometrical area), for H{sub 2} and CO oxidation, respectively. These values correspond to mass activities of 1.37 and 0.40 A mg{sub Pt}{sup 1} and to specific activities of 1.52 and 0.44 mA cm{sub Pt}{sup 2}. The Tafel analysis confirmed that hydrogen oxidation was a two-electron reversible reaction, while CO oxidation exhibited an irreversible behavior with a charge-transfer coefficient of 0.42. The kinetic results for CO oxidation are in agreement with the bifunctional theory, in which the reaction between Pt-CO and Ru-OH is the rate-determining step. The exchange current density for hydrogen reaction was 0.28 mA cm{sup 2} (active surface area), thus showing similar kinetics to those found for carbon-supported Pt and Pt-Ru electrocatalyst nanoparticles. (author)

  3. Halogen poisoning effect of Pt-TiO{sub 2} for formaldehyde catalytic oxidation performance at room temperature

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    Zhu, Xiaofeng; Cheng, Bei [State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Material Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, Luoshi Road 122#, Wuhan 430070 (China); Yu, Jiaguo, E-mail: jiaguoyu@yahoo.com [State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Material Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, Luoshi Road 122#, Wuhan 430070 (China); Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589 (Saudi Arabia); Ho, Wingkei, E-mail: keithho@ied.edu.hk [Department of Science and Environmental Studies and Centre for Education in Environmental Sustainability, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Tai Po, N.T. Hong Kong (China)

    2016-02-28

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The Pt-TiO{sub 2} catalyst is deactivated by adsorption of halogen ions. • The halogen poison is mainly attributed to the active site blocking of the Pt surface. • Halogen ions and Pt form Pt−X coordination bonds. • Large halogen diameter exhibits severe poisoning effect. - Abstract: Catalytic decomposition of formaldehyde (HCHO) at room temperature is an important method for HCHO removal. Pt-based catalysts are the optimal catalyst for HCHO decomposition at room temperature. However, the stability of this catalyst remains unexplored. In this study, Pt-TiO{sub 2} (Pt-P25) catalysts with and without adsorbed halogen ions (including F{sup −}, Cl{sup −}, Br{sup −}, and I{sup −}) were prepared through impregnation and ion modification. Pt-TiO{sub 2} samples with adsorbed halogen ions exhibited reduced catalytic activity for formaldehyde decomposition at room temperature compared with the Pt-TiO{sub 2} sample; the catalytic activity followed the order of F-Pt-P25, Cl-Pt-P25, Br-Pt-P25, and I-Pt-P25. Characterization results (including XRD, TEM, HRTEM, BET, XPS, and metal dispersion) showed that the adsorbed halogen ions can poison Pt nanoparticles (NPs), thereby reducing the HCHO oxidation activity of Pt-TiO{sub 2}. The poison mechanism is due to the strong adsorption of halogen ions on the surface of Pt NPs. The adsorbed ions form coordination bonds with surface Pt atoms by transferring surplus electrons into the unoccupied 5d orbit of the Pt atom, thereby inhibiting oxygen adsorption and activation of the Pt NP surface. Moreover, deactivation rate increases with increasing diameter of halogen ions. This study provides new insights into the fabrication of high-performance Pt-based catalysts for indoor air purification.

  4. Heterostructured Au/Pd-M (M = Au, Pd, Pt) nanoparticles with compartmentalized composition, morphology, and electrocatalytic activity

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    Lutz, Patrick S.; Bae, In-Tae; Maye, Mathew M.

    2015-09-01

    The synthesis, processing, and galvanic exchange of three heterostructured nanoparticle systems is described. The surface accessibility and redox potential of a Au/Pd-Ag dumbbell nanoparticle, where a Au/Pd core/shell region, and a silver region make up the domains, was used to prepare the new nanostructures with controlled composition, morphology, and microstructure. Results indicate that the silver domain was particularly susceptible to galvanic displacement, and was exchanged to Au/Pd-M (M = Au, Pd, Pt). Interestingly, the dumbbell morphology remained after exchange, and the silver region was transformed to hollow, parachute, or concentric domains respectively. The morphology and microstructure change was visualized via TEM and HRTEM, and the composition changes were probed via STEM-EDS imaging and XPS. The electrocatalytic activity of the Au/Pd-M towards methanol oxidation was studied, with results indicating that the Au/Pd-Pt nanoparticles had high activity attributed to the porous nature of the platinum domains.The synthesis, processing, and galvanic exchange of three heterostructured nanoparticle systems is described. The surface accessibility and redox potential of a Au/Pd-Ag dumbbell nanoparticle, where a Au/Pd core/shell region, and a silver region make up the domains, was used to prepare the new nanostructures with controlled composition, morphology, and microstructure. Results indicate that the silver domain was particularly susceptible to galvanic displacement, and was exchanged to Au/Pd-M (M = Au, Pd, Pt). Interestingly, the dumbbell morphology remained after exchange, and the silver region was transformed to hollow, parachute, or concentric domains respectively. The morphology and microstructure change was visualized via TEM and HRTEM, and the composition changes were probed via STEM-EDS imaging and XPS. The electrocatalytic activity of the Au/Pd-M towards methanol oxidation was studied, with results indicating that the Au/Pd-Pt nanoparticles had

  5. Novel platinum–palladium bimetallic nanoparticles synthesized by Dioscorea bulbifera: anticancer and antioxidant activities

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    Ghosh, Sougata; Nitnavare, Rahul; Dewle, Ankush; Tomar, Geetanjali B; Chippalkatti, Rohan; More, Piyush; Kitture, Rohini; Kale, Sangeeta; Bellare, Jayesh; Chopade, Balu A

    2015-01-01

    Medicinal plants serve as rich sources of diverse bioactive phytochemicals that might even take part in bioreduction and stabilization of phytogenic nanoparticles with immense therapeutic properties. Herein, we report for the first time the rapid efficient synthesis of novel platinum–palladium bimetallic nanoparticles (Pt–PdNPs) along with individual platinum (PtNPs) and palladium (PdNPs) nanoparticles using a medicinal plant, Dioscorea bulbifera tuber extract (DBTE). High-resolution transmission electron microscopy revealed monodispersed PtNPs of size 2–5 nm, while PdNPs and Pt–PdNPs between 10 and 25 nm. Energy dispersive spectroscopy analysis confirmed 30.88%±1.73% elemental Pt and 68.96%±1.48% elemental Pd in the bimetallic nanoparticles. Fourier transform infrared spectra indicated strong peaks at 3,373 cm−1, attributed to hydroxyl group of polyphenolic compounds in DBTE that might play a key role in bioreduction in addition to the sharp peaks at 2,937, 1,647, 1,518, and 1,024 cm−1, associated with C–H stretching, N–H bending in primary amines, N–O stretching in nitro group, and C–C stretch, respectively. Anticancer activity against HeLa cells showed that Pt–PdNPs exhibited more pronounced cell death of 74.25% compared to individual PtNPs (12.6%) or PdNPs (33.15%). Further, Pt–PdNPs showed an enhanced scavenging activity against 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl, superoxide, nitric oxide, and hydroxyl radicals. PMID:26719690

  6. In Vivo Neural Recording and Electrochemical Performance of Microelectrode Arrays Modified by Rough-Surfaced AuPt Alloy Nanoparticles with Nanoporosity

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    Zongya Zhao

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available In order to reduce the impedance and improve in vivo neural recording performance of our developed Michigan type silicon electrodes, rough-surfaced AuPt alloy nanoparticles with nanoporosity were deposited on gold microelectrode sites through electro-co-deposition of Au-Pt-Cu alloy nanoparticles, followed by chemical dealloying Cu. The AuPt alloy nanoparticles modified gold microelectrode sites were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS, cyclic voltammetry (CV and in vivo neural recording experiment. The SEM images showed that the prepared AuPt alloy nanoparticles exhibited cauliflower-like shapes and possessed very rough surfaces with many different sizes of pores. Average impedance of rough-surfaced AuPt alloy nanoparticles modified sites was 0.23 MΩ at 1 kHz, which was only 4.7% of that of bare gold microelectrode sites (4.9 MΩ, and corresponding in vitro background noise in the range of 1 Hz to 7500 Hz decreased to 7.5 μ V rms from 34.1 μ V rms at bare gold microelectrode sites. Spontaneous spike signal recording was used to evaluate in vivo neural recording performance of modified microelectrode sites, and results showed that rough-surfaced AuPt alloy nanoparticles modified microelectrode sites exhibited higher average spike signal-to-noise ratio (SNR of 4.8 in lateral globus pallidus (GPe due to lower background noise compared to control microelectrodes. Electro-co-deposition of Au-Pt-Cu alloy nanoparticles combined with chemical dealloying Cu was a convenient way for increasing the effective surface area of microelectrode sites, which could reduce electrode impedance and improve the quality of in vivo spike signal recording.

  7. Tuning the Photoelectrocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution of Pt-Decorated Silicon Photocathodes by the Temperature and Time of Electroless Pt Deposition.

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    Fabre, Bruno; Li, Gaozeng; Gouttefangeas, Francis; Joanny, Loic; Loget, Gabriel

    2016-11-15

    The electroless deposition of Pt nanoparticles (NPs) on hydrogen-terminated silicon (H-Si) surfaces is studied as a function of the temperature and the immersion time. It is demonstrated that isolated Pt structures can be produced at all investigated temperatures (between 22 and 75 °C) for short deposition times, typically within 1-10 min if the temperature is 45 °C or less than 5 min at 75 °C. For longer times, dendritic metal structures start to grow, ultimately leading to highly rough interconnected Pt networks. Upon increasing the temperature from 22 to 75 °C and for an immersion time of 5 min, the average size of the observed Pt NPs monotonously increases from 120 to 250 nm, and their number density calculated using scanning electron microscopy decreases from (4.5 ± 1.0) × 10(8) to (2.0 ± 0.5) × 10(8) Pt NPs cm(-2). The impact of both the morphology and the distribution of the Pt NPs on the photoelectrocatalytic activity of the resulting metallized photocathodes is then analyzed. Pt deposited at 45 °C for 5 min yields photocathodes with the best electrocatalytic activity for the hydrogen evolution reaction. Under illumination at 33 mW cm(-2), this optimized photoelectrode shows a fill factor of 45%, an efficiency (η) of 9.7%, and a short-circuit current density (|Jsc|) at 0 V versus a reversible hydrogen electrode of 15.5 mA cm(-2).

  8. The effect of antimony-tin and indium-tin oxide supports on the catalytic activity of Pt nanoparticles for ammonia electro-oxidation

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    Silva, Júlio César M. [Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Centre for Catalysis Research and Innovation (CCRI), University of Ottawa, 161 Louis-Pasteur, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5 (Canada); Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares, IPEN/CNEN-SP, Av. Prof. Lineu Prestes, 2242 Cidade Universitária, CEP 05508-900, São Paulo, SP (Brazil); Piasentin, Ricardo M.; Spinacé, Estevam V.; Neto, Almir O. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares, IPEN/CNEN-SP, Av. Prof. Lineu Prestes, 2242 Cidade Universitária, CEP 05508-900, São Paulo, SP (Brazil); Baranova, Elena A., E-mail: elena.baranova@uottawa.ca [Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Centre for Catalysis Research and Innovation (CCRI), University of Ottawa, 161 Louis-Pasteur, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5 (Canada)

    2016-09-01

    Platinum nanoparticles supported on carbon (Pt/C) and carbon with addition of ITO (Pt/C-ITO (In{sub 2}O{sub 3}){sub 9}·(SnO{sub 2}){sub 1}) and ATO (Pt/C-ATO (SnO{sub 2}){sub 9}·(Sb{sub 2}O{sub 5}){sub 1}) oxides were prepared by sodium borohydride reduction method and used for ammonia electro-oxidation reaction (AmER) in alkaline media. The effect of the supports on the catalytic activity of Pt for AmER was investigated using electrochemical (cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry) and direct ammonia fuel cell (DAFC) experiments. X-ray diffraction (XRD) showed Pt peaks attributed to the face-centered cubic (fcc) structure, as well as peaks characteristic of In{sub 2}O{sub 3} in ITO support and cassiterite SnO{sub 2} phase of ATO support. According to transmission electron micrographs the mean particles sizes of Pt over carbon were 5.4, 4.9 and 4.7 nm for Pt/C, Pt/C-ATO and Pt/C-ITO, respectively. Pt/C-ITO catalysts showed the highest catalytic activity for ammonia electrooxidation in both electrochemical and fuel cell experiments. We attributed this to the presence of In{sub 2}O{sub 3} phase in ITO, which provides oxygenated or hydroxide species at lower potentials resulting in the removal of poisonous intermediate, i.e., atomic nitrogen (N{sub ads}) and promotion of ammonia electro-oxidation. - Highlights: • Oxide support effect on the catalytic activity of Pt towards ammonia electro-oxidation. • Direct ammonia fuel cell (DAFC) performance using Pt over different supports as anode. • Pt/C-ITO shows better catalytic activity for ammonia oxidation than Pt/C and Pt/C-ATO.

  9. Metal nanostructures with complex surface morphology: The case of supported lumpy Pd and Pt nanoparticles produced by laser processing of metal films

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    Ruffino, F.; Maugeri, P.; Cacciato, G.; Zimbone, M.; Grimaldi, M. G.

    2016-09-01

    In this work we report on the formation of lumpy Pd and Pt nanoparticles on fluorine-doped tin oxide/glass (FTO/glass) substrate by a laser-based approach. In general, complex-surface morphology metal nanoparticles can be used in several technological applications exploiting the peculiarities of their physical properties as modulated by nanoscale morphology. For example plasmonic metal nanoparticles presenting a lumpy morphology (i.e. larger particles coated on the surface by smaller particles) can be used in plasmonic solar cell devices providing broadband scattering enhancement over the smooth nanoparticles leading, so, to the increase of the device efficiency. However, the use of plasmonic lumpy nanoparticles remains largely unexplored due to the lack of simply, versatile, low-cost and high-throughput methods for the controllable production of such nanostructures. Starting from these considerations, we report on the observation that nanoscale-thick Pd and Pt films (17.6 and 27.9 nm, 12.1 and 19.5 nm, respectively) deposited on FTO/glass surface irradiated by nanosecond pulsed laser at fluences E in the 0.5-1.5 J/cm2 range, produce Pd and Pt lumpy nanoparticles on the FTO surface. In addition, using scanning electron microscopy analyses, we report on the observation that starting from each metal film of fixed thickness h, the fraction F of lumpy nanoparticles increases with the laser fluence E and saturates at the higher fluences. For each fixed fluence, F was found higher starting from the Pt films (at each starting film thickness h) with respect to the Pd films. For each fixed metal and fluence, F was found to be higher decreasing the starting thickness of the deposited film. To explain the formation of the lumpy Pd and Pt nanoparticles and the behavior of F as a function of E and h both for Pd and Pt, the thermodynamic behavior of the Pd and Pt films and nanoparticles due to the interaction with the nanosecond laser is discussed. In particular, the

  10. Modeling the local potential at Pt nanoparticles in polymer electrolyte membranes.

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    Eslamibidgoli, Mohammad Javad; Melchy, Pierre-Éric Alix; Eikerling, Michael H

    2015-04-21

    We present a physical-analytical model for the potential distribution at Pt nanodeposits in a polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM). Experimental studies have shown that solid deposits of Pt in PEM play a dual role in radical-initiated membrane degradation. Surface reactions at Pt particles could facilitate the formation as well as the scavenging of ionomer-attacking radical species. The net radical balance depends on local equilibrium conditions at Pt nanodeposits in the PEM, specifically, their equivalent local electrode potential. Our approach utilizes a continuum description of crossover fluxes of reactant gases, coupled with the kinetics of electrochemical surface reactions at Pt nanodeposits to calculate the potential distribution. The local potential is a function of the PEM structure and composition, which is determined by PEM thickness, concentrations of H2 and O2, as well as the size and density distribution of Pt particles. Model results compare well with experimental data for the potential distribution in PEMs.

  11. NPS TINYSCOPE Program Management

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    2010-09-01

    orbit and the rotation of the Earth and Moon . The planets will also perturb the orbits with Jupiter and Venus acting as the primary sources...4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE NPS TINYSCOPE Program Management 6. AUTHOR( S ) Christopher Gordon Turner 5. FUNDING NUMBERS 7. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION...NAME( S ) AND ADDRESS(ES) Naval Postgraduate School Monterey, CA 93943-5000 8. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION REPORT NUMBER 9. SPONSORING /MONITORING

  12. Preparation of the Pt nanoparticles decorated poly(N-acetylaniline)/MWNTs nanocomposite and its electrocatalytic oxidation toward formaldehyde

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    Jiang Chunming; Chen Hui; Yu Cheng; Zhang Song; Liu Baohong [Department of Chemistry, Fudan University, Shanghai, 200433 (China); Kong Jilie [Department of Chemistry, Fudan University, Shanghai, 200433 (China); Institutes of Biomedical Science, Fudan University, Shanghai, 200433 (China); Research Center for Analysis and Measurement, Fudan University, Shanghai, 200433 (China)], E-mail: jlkong@fudan.edu.cn

    2009-01-01

    In this work, a novel 3D nanocomposite is presented, which is consisted of poly(N-acetylaniline) (PAANI)/multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) nanorods (in which the inner layer was comprised of MWNTs and the outer layer was PAANI, forming a core-shell structure) and the decorated Pt nanoparticles. Electrochemical techniques (such as electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS)), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) are used to characterize the nanocomposite. The resulting Pt/PAANI/MWNTs nanocomposite can be served as a higher efficient catalyst for the electrochemical oxidation of formaldehyde at 0.41 V with the catalytic current of 0.73 mA, which was accompanied with about 45 mV potential negative shifts and two-fold increase in peak current comparison to the Pt/PAANI. These results reveal that the Pt/PAANI/MWNTs nanocomposite film is quite promising in the fuel cell applications.

  13. Novel galactosylated biodegradable nanoparticles for hepatocyte-delivery of oridonin.

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    Wang, Ying; Liu, Xinquan; Liu, Guangpu; Guo, Hejian; Li, Caiyun; Zhang, Yongchun; Zhang, Fang; Zhao, Zhongxi; Cheng, Huiling

    2016-04-11

    Nanoparticles based on the newly synthesized copolymers of linear PLGA blocked with two TPGS ends and galactosylated TPGS were successfully constructed as carriers of oridonin for liver-targeting. The novel copolymers were characterized by (1)H-NMR and TGA. The drug-loaded nanoparticles were prepared by a nanoprecipitation technique and characterized in terms of physicochemical properties, such as particle size, zeta potential, morphology, encapsulation efficiency, in vitro drug release behavior and physical state of the entrapped drug. The ORI-Gal-PT NPs were found to have the highest antitumor efficacy in comparison with the oridonin solution and non-galactosylated nanoparticles and induced a higher apoptotic rate of tumor cells. The targeting nanoparticles could enhance the therapeutic effect of oridonin by increasing uptake of the nanoparticles through asialoglycoprotein receptor-mediated endocytosis. The ORI-Gal-PT NPs system could be a highly promising drug delivery system to be used in liver cancer therapy.

  14. Gyroscopic behavior exhibited by the optical Kerr effect in bimetallic Au-Pt nanoparticles suspended in ethanol

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    Fernández-Valdés, D.; Torres-Torres, C.; Martínez-González, C. L.; Trejo-Valdez, M.; Hernández-Gómez, L. H.; Torres-Martínez, R.

    2016-07-01

    The modification in the third-order nonlinear optical response exhibited by rotating bimetallic Au-Pt nanoparticles in an ethanol solution was analyzed. The samples were prepared by a sol-gel processing route. The anisotropy associated to the elemental composition of the nanoparticles was confirmed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy measurements. The size of the nanoparticles varies in the range from 9 to 13 nm, with an average size of 11 nm. Changes in the spatial orientation of the nanomaterials automatically generated a variation in their plasmonic response evaluated by UV-Vis spectroscopy. A two-wave mixing experiment was conducted to explore an induced birefringence at 532 nm wavelength with nanosecond pulses interacting with the samples. A strong optical Kerr effect was identified to be the main responsible effect for the third-order nonlinear optical phenomenon exhibited by the nanoparticles. It was estimated that the rotation of inhomogeneous nanostructures can provide a remarkable change in the participation of different surface plasmon resonances, if they correspond to multimetallic nanoparticles. Potential applications for developing low-dimensional gyroscopic systems can be contemplated.

  15. Confined-space alloying of nanoparticles for the synthesis of efficient PtNi fuel-cell catalysts.

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    Baldizzone, Claudio; Mezzavilla, Stefano; Carvalho, Hudson W P; Meier, Josef Christian; Schuppert, Anna K; Heggen, Marc; Galeano, Carolina; Grunwaldt, Jan-Dierk; Schüth, Ferdi; Mayrhofer, Karl J J

    2014-12-15

    The efficiency of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells is strongly depending on the electrocatalyst performance, that is, its activity and stability. We have designed a catalyst material that combines both, the high activity for the decisive cathodic oxygen reduction reaction associated with nanoscale Pt alloys, and the excellent durability of an advanced nanostructured support. Owing to the high specific activity and large active surface area, the catalyst shows extraordinary mass activity values of 1.0 A mgPt(-1). Moreover, the material retains its initial active surface area and intrinsic activity during an extended accelerated aging test within the typical operation range. This excellent performance is achieved by confined-space alloying of the nanoparticles in a controlled manner in the pores of the support.

  16. FePt nanoparticle formation with lower phase transition temperature by single shot plasma focus ion irradiation

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    Lin, J. J.; Roshan, M. V.; Pan, Z. Y.; Verma, R.; Lee, P.; Springham, S. V.; Tan, T. L.; Rawat, R. S.

    2008-07-01

    Uniform FePt nanoparticles were synthesized through nanostructuring of pulsed laser deposited FePt thin films by single shot H+ ion irradiation using a plasma focus device. The annealing temperature required for phase transition from low Ku face-centred cubic to high Ku face-centred tetragonal, for ion irradiated samples, is simultaneously lowered down to 400 °C. The energetic H+ ion irradiation significantly reduces the activation energy for atomic ordering by increasing the number of vacancies. The advantage of using a plasma focus device is that it can achieve nanostructuring in much shorter time, in single shot ion exposure with pulse duration of typically about a few hundreds of nanoseconds, as compared with much longer duration required by continuous ion sources.

  17. Monodisperse Pt Nanoparticles Assembled on Reduced Graphene Oxide: Highly Efficient and Reusable Catalyst for Methanol Oxidation and Dehydrocoupling of Dimethylamine-Borane (DMAB).

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    Yildiz, Yunus; Erken, Esma; Pamuk, Handan; Sert, Hakan; Sen, Fatih

    2016-06-01

    Herein, monodisperse platinum (0) nanocatalyst assembled on reduced graphene oxide (Pt(0)@RGO) was easily and reproducibly prepared by the double solvent reduction method at room temperature. Pt(0)@RGO was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron microscopy (XPS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) measurements that verify the formation of monodisperse Pt (0) nanoparticles on RGO. The catalytic and electrocatalytic performances of Pt(0) @ RGO in terms of activity, isolability and reusability were investigated for both methanol oxidation and the dehydrocoupling of dimethylamine-borane (DMAB) in which Pt(0)@RGO was found to be highly active and reusable heterogeneous catalyst even at room temperature. The prepared nanoparticles can also electrocatalyze methanol oxidation with very high electrochemical activities (5.64 A/cm2 at 0.58 V for methanol). The activation energy (Ea), activation enthalpy (ΔH#), and activation entropy (ΔS#) for DMAB dehydrogenation were calculated to be 59.33 kJ mol(-1), 56.79 kJ mol(-1) and -151.68 J mol(-1) K(-1), respectively. The exceptional stability of new Pt(0) @ RGO nanoparticles towards agglomeration, leaching and CO poisoning allow these particles to be recycled and reused in the catalysis of DMAB dehydrogenation and methanol oxidation. After four subsequent reaction and recovery cycles, Pt(0) @ RGO retained ≥ 75% activity towards the complete dehydrogenation of DMAB.

  18. The effect of Pt nanoparticles loading on H{sub 2} sensing properties of flame-spray-made SnO{sub 2} sensing films

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    Liewhiran, Chaikarn, E-mail: chaikarn_l@yahoo.com [Department of Physics and Materials Science, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50202 (Thailand); Materials Science Research Center, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50202 (Thailand); Tamaekong, Nittaya [Program in Materials Science, Faculty of Science, Maejo University, Chiang Mai 50290 (Thailand); Tuantranont, Adisorn; Wisitsoraat, Anurat [Nanoelectronics and MEMS Laboratory, National Electronics and Computer Technology Center, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120 (Thailand); Phanichphant, Sukon [Materials Science Research Center, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50202 (Thailand)

    2014-10-15

    SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles loaded with 0.2–2 wt% Pt have successfully been synthesized in a single step by flame spray pyrolysis (FSP) and investigated for gas sensing towards hydrogen (H{sub 2}). According to characterization results by X-ray diffraction, nitrogen adsorption, scanning/high resolution-transmission electron microscopy and analyses based on Hume-Rothery rules using atomic radii, crystal structure, electronegativities, and valency/oxidation states of Pt and Sn, it is conclusive that Pt is not solute in SnO{sub 2} crystal but forms nanoparticles loaded on SnO{sub 2} surface. H{sub 2} gas sensing was studied at 200–10,000 ppm and 150–350 °C in dry air. It was found that H{sub 2} response was enhanced by more than one order of magnitude with a small Pt loading concentration of 0.2 wt% but further increase of Pt loading amount resulted in deteriorated H{sub 2}-sensing performance. The optimal SnO{sub 2} sensing film (0.2 wt% Pt-loaded SnO{sub 2}, 20 μm in thickness) showed an optimum H{sub 2} response of ∼150.2 at 10,000 ppm and very short response time in a few seconds at a low optimal operating temperature of 200 °C. In addition, the response tended to increase linearly and the response times decreased drastically with increasing H{sub 2} concentration. Moreover, the selectivity against carbon monoxide (CO) and acetylene (C{sub 2}H{sub 2}) gases was also found to be considerably improved with the small amount of Pt loading. The H{sub 2} response dependence on Pt concentration can be explained based on the spillover mechanism, which is highly effective only when Pt catalyst is well-dispersed at the low Pt loading concentration of 0.2 wt%. - Highlights: • Pt/SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles were prepared in a single step by flame spray pyrolysis. • Pt loading on SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles at low level of 0.2 wt% gives optimal H{sub 2} response. • 0.2 wt% Pt/SnO{sub 2} sensor exhibits a low optimum operating temperature of 200 °C. • H

  19. Carbon-Pt nanoparticles modified TiO2 nanotubes for simultaneous detection of dopamine and uric acid.

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    Mahshid, Sara; Luo, Shenglian; Yang, Lixia; Mahshid, Sahar Sadat; Askari, Masoud; Dolati, Abolghasem; Cai, Qingyun

    2011-08-01

    The present work describes sensing application of modified TiO2 nanotubes having carbon-Pt nanoparticles for simultaneous detection of dopamine and uric acid. The TiO2 nanotubes electrode was prepared using anodizing method, followed by electrodeposition of Pt nanoparticles onto the tubes. Carbon was deposited by decomposition of polyethylene glycol in a tube furnace to improve the conductivity. The C-Pt-TiO2 nanotubes modified electrode was characterized by cyclic voltammetry and differential pulse voltammetry methods. The modified electrode displayed high sensitivity towards the oxidation of dopamine and uric acid in a phosphate buffer solution (pH 7.00). The electro-oxidation currents of dopamine and uric acid were linearly related to the concentration over a wide range of 3.5 x 10(-8) M to 1 x 10(-5) M and 1 x 10(-7) M to 3 x 10(-5) M respectively. The limit of detection was determined as 2 x 10(-10) M for dopamine at signal-to-noise ratio of 3. The interference of uric acid was also investigated. Electro-oxidation currents of dopamine in the presence of fix amount of uric acid represented a linear behaviour towards successive addition of dopamine in range of 1 x 10(-7) M to 1 x 10(-5) M. Furthermore, in a solution containing dopamine, uric acid and ascorbic acid the overlapped oxidation peaks of dopamine and ascorbic acid could be easily separated by using C-Pt-TiO2 nanotubes modified electrode.

  20. Simultaneous electrochemical detection of ascorbic acid, dopamine and uric acid based on graphene anchored with Pd-Pt nanoparticles.

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    Yan, Jun; Liu, Shi; Zhang, Zhenqin; He, Guangwu; Zhou, Ping; Liang, Haiying; Tian, Lulu; Zhou, Xuemin; Jiang, Huijun

    2013-11-01

    Pd-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles anchored on functionalized reduced graphene oxide (RGO) nanomaterials were synthesized via a one-step in situ reduction process, in which Pt and Pd ions were first attached to poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA) functionalized graphene oxide (GO) sheets, and then the encased metal ions and GO were subjected to simultaneous reduction by ethylene glycol. The as-prepared Pd3Pt1/PDDA-RGO nanocomposites were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Raman spectroscopy and electrochemical methods. In addition, an electrochemical sensor based on the graphene nanocomposites was fabricated for the simultaneous detection of ascorbic acid (AA), dopamine (DA) and uric acid (UA) in their ternary mixture. Three well-separated voltammetric peaks along with remarkable increasing electro-oxidation currents were obtained in differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) measurements. Under the optimized conditions, there were linear relationships between the peak currents and the concentrations in the range of 40-1200 μM for AA, 4-200 μM for DA and 4-400 μM for UA, with the limit of detection (LOD) (based on S/N=3) of 0.61, 0.04 and 0.10 μM for AA, DA and UA, respectively. This improved electrochemical performance can be attributed to the synergistic effect of metallic nanoparticles and RGO and the combination of the bimetallic nanoparticles. Furthermore, the practical electroanalytical utility of the sensor was demonstrated by the determination of AA, DA and together with UA in human urine and blood serum samples with satisfactory results. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Tuning the Chemoselective Hydrogenation of Nitrostyrenes Catalyzed by Ionic Liquid-Supported Platinum Nanoparticles

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    Beier, Matthias Josef; Andanson, Jean-Michel; Baiker, Alfons

    2012-01-01

    Pt nanoparticles (NPs) in the range of 1.7–3.4 nm were synthesized in an ionic liquid (IL). Subsequent immobilization on various solid supports (silica, alumina, titania, carbon nanotubes (CNTs)) in some cases proved to be beneficial. These catalysts exhibited excellent performance in the chemose......Pt nanoparticles (NPs) in the range of 1.7–3.4 nm were synthesized in an ionic liquid (IL). Subsequent immobilization on various solid supports (silica, alumina, titania, carbon nanotubes (CNTs)) in some cases proved to be beneficial. These catalysts exhibited excellent performance...

  2. Layer-by-layer nanoparticles co-loading gemcitabine and platinum (IV prodrugs for synergistic combination therapy of lung cancer

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    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available Rongrong Zhang, Yun Ru, Yiping Gao, Jinyin Li, Shilong Mao Department of Pharmacy, Shanghai Xuhui District Central Hospital, Zhongshan Hospital Affiliated to Fudan University Xuhui Hospital, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China Purpose: Cisplatin plus gemcitabine (GEM is a standard regimen for the first-line treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer. The aim of this study was to prepare biocompatible and biodegradable polymeric prodrugs and construct nanoparticles (NPs with layer-by-layer (LbL technique. Methods: Platinum (Pt (IV complex with a carboxyl group was conjugated to the amino group of chitosan (CH, resulting in a CH-Pt conjugation with positive charge. GEM with amino group was conjugated to the carboxyl group of hyaluronic acid (HA, resulting in a HA-GEM conjugation with negative charge. Novel LbL NPs consisting of the CH-Pt core and the HA-GEM layer, named as HA-GEM/CH-Pt NPs, were constructed. The physicochemical properties of the HA-GEM/CH-Pt NPs were investigated. In vitro cytotoxicity against human non-small lung cancer cells (NCl-H460 cells was investigated, and in vivo antitumor efficiency was evaluated on mice bearing NCl-H460 cells xenografts. Results: HA-GEM/CH-Pt NPs have a size of about 187 nm, a zeta potential value of -21 mV and high drug encapsulation efficiency of 90%. The drug release of HA-GEM/CH-Pt NPs exhibited a sustained behavior. HA-GEM/CH-Pt NPs could significantly enhance in vitro cytotoxicity and in vivo antitumor effect against lung cancer animal model compared to the single-drug-loaded NPs and free drug solutions. Conclusion: The results demonstrated that the HA-GEM/CH-Pt NPs might be a promising system for the synergetic treatment of lung carcinoma. Keywords: lung cancer, combination chemotherapy, cisplatin, gemcitabine, layer-by-layer technology

  3. PtNi nanoparticles embedded in porous silica microspheres as highly active catalysts for p-nitrophenol hydrogenation to p-aminophenol

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    HUIJUAN GUAN; CONG CHAO; YANJIE LU; HUISHAN SHANG; YAFEI ZHAO; SIGUO YUAN; BING ZHANG

    2016-09-01

    Supported Pt-based alloy nanoparticles have attracted greater attention in catalysis due to their high activity, reduced cost, and easy recycling in chemical reactions. In this work, mesoporous SiO₂ microspheres were employed as support to immobilize PtNi alloy nanocatalysts with different mass ratios of Pt and Ni (1:0, 3:1, 1:1, 1:3 and 0:1) by a facile in situ one-step reduction in the absence of any capping agent. SEM, EDS, TEM, FTIR, XRD, ICP-AES, XPS and nitrogen adsorption/desorption analysis were employed to systematically investigate the morphology and structure of the obtained SiO2 microspheres and SiO₂/PtNi nanocatalysts. Results show that uniform PtNi nanoparticles can be homogeneously and firmly embedded into the surface of SiO₂ microspheres. When the as-prepared SiO₂/PtNi nanocatalysts were used in the reduction process of pnitrophenol to p-aminophenol, the nanocatalyst with Pt and Ni mass ratio of 1:3 showed the highest catalytic activity (TOF of 5.35 × 10¹⁸ molecules·g⁻¹·s⁻¹) and could transform p-nitrophenol to p-aminophenol completely within 5 min. The SiO₂/PtNi nanocatalyst can also maintain high catalytic activity in the fourth cycle, implying its excellent stability during catalysis.

  4. 1.7 nm Platinum Nanoparticles: Synthesis with Glucose Starch, Characterization and Catalysis

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    Engelbrekt, Christian; Sørensen, Karsten Holm; Lubcke, T.

    2010-01-01

    Monodisperse platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs) were synthesized by a green recipe. Glucose serves as a reducing agent and starch as a stabilization agent to protect the freshly formed PtNP cores in buffered aqueous solutions. Among the ten buffers studied, 2-(N-morpholino)ethanesulfonic acid (MES......, respectively. The estimated total diameter of the core with a starch coating layer is 5.8-6.0 nm, based on thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The synthesis reaction is simple, environmentally friendly, highly reproducible, and easy to scale up. The PtNPs were characterized electrochemically and show high...

  5. Thermodynamic considerations and computer simulations on the formation of core-shell nanoparticles under electrochemical conditions.

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    Oviedo, O A; Leiva, E P M; Mariscal, M M

    2008-06-28

    We report on thermodynamic modeling and computer simulations on the electrochemical generation of metallic and bimetallic nanoparticles (NPs) by means of quenched molecular dynamics (QMD). The present results suggest that the spontaneous formation of core-shell NPs depends on several factors, i.e. size and shape of the core, chemical composition of the system, and under-/oversaturation conditions. Homo- and heteroatomic prototypical systems were considered. The former systems were Au and Pt. The latter were Ag(core)/Au(shell), Pt(core)/Au(shell), Au(core)/Ag(shell) and Au(core)/Pt(shell).

  6. Effect of using polyimide capillaries during thermal experiments on the particle size distribution of supported Pt nanoparticles

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    Gámez-Mendoza, Liliana; Resto, Oscar; Martínez-Iñesta, María

    2015-09-20

    Kapton HN-type polyimide capillaries are commonly used as sample holders for transmission X-ray experiments at temperatures below 673 K because of their thermal stability, high X-ray transmittance and low cost. Using high-angle annular dark field scanning high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and thermogravimetric analysis, this work shows that using polyimide capillaries leads to the overgrowth of supported Pt nanoparticles during reduction at temperatures below the glass transition temperature (Tg= 658 K) owing to an outgassing of water from the polyimide. Quartz capillaries were also studied and this overgrowth was not observed.

  7. Nanostructure Pt Electrode Obtained via Self-assembly of Nanoparticles on Conductive Oxide-coated Glass Substrate

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    WANG, Wei-Bo(王维波); LUO, Zhen(罗臻); XIAO, Xu-Rui(肖绪瑞); LIN, Yuan(林原)

    2004-01-01

    Self-assembly of platinum nanoparticles were applied to fabrication of counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells on conductive oxide-coated glass substrate. The present Pt electrode exhibits high exchange current density of 220 mA/cm2, which is comparable to those prepared by electrodeposition, magnetron sputtering or thermal decomposition of platinum chloride. After analysis by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), it was found that the catalyst was structurally characterized as nanosized platinum metal clusters and was continuously arranged on electrode surface. The present nanostructure electrode had high electrocatalytic activity for the reduction of iodine in organic solution.

  8. Reproducible fabrication of stable small nano Pt with high activity for sensor applications

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    Ye, Pingping; Guo, Xiaoyu; Liu, Guiting; Chen, Huifen; Pan, Yuxia; Wen, Ying; Yang, Haifeng

    2013-07-01

    Pt nanoparticles with an average size of 2-3 nm in diameter were reproducibly synthesized by reduction of H2PtCl6 solution containing inositol hexaphosphate (IP6) as the stabilizing agent. Single crystals with Pt(111) faces of the resulting cubic nanoparticles were revealed by the electron diffraction pattern. The PtNPs-IP6 nanoparticles were used to modify an electrode as a nonenzymatic sensor for H2O2 detection, exhibiting a fast response and high sensitivity. A low detection limit of 2.0 × 10-7 M (S/N = 3) with two linear ranges between 2.4 × 10-7 and 1.3 × 10-3 M (R2 = 0.9987) and between 1.3 × 10-3 and 1.3 × 10-2 M (R2 = 0.9980) was achieved. The attractive electrochemical performance of PtNPs-IP6 enables it to be employed as a promising material for the development of Pt-based analytical systems and other applications.

  9. Preparation of MgO supported platinum nanoparticle catalyst using toluene dispersed platinum sol

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    Seth, Jhumur; Nepak, Devadutta; Chaudhari, Vijay R.; Prasad, Bhagavatula L. V.

    2017-10-01

    An effective way of anchoring Pt nanoparticles on MgO using toluene dispersed platinum nanoparticles (Pt-NPs) as one of the ingredient is demonstrated. The usage of particles dispersed in toluene allows the retention of size and size distribution of preformed Pt-NPs even after deposition on MgO support with high active surface area, which is crucial for heterogeneous catalysis. The catalyst thus prepared, displayed selective hydrogenation of cinnamaldehyde to cinnamyl alcohol with high turn on frequency (TOF - 105 h-1) with respect to the total Pt content. We attribute this efficient catalytic performance to the uniform distribution and deposition of Pt on the active MgO support and its better accessible surface as evidenced by the cyclic-voltammetry results.

  10. Effect of nanoparticle (Pd, Pd/Pt, Ni deposition on high temperature hydrogenation of Ti-V alloys in gaseous flow containing CO

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    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available The hydrogenation properties of Ti-V hydrides coated with nanoparticles have been studied in gaseous mixtures of argon and hydrogen with and without additions of 1% CO. Nanoparticles of Pd, Ni, and co-deposited Pd/Pt with particle sizes of ~30–60 nm were formed by electroless deposition on the hydride surfaces. The alloy resistance to CO could be significantly improved by particle deposition. Large amounts of hydrogen were absorbed in a CO-containing gas when Ni and Pd/Pt deposition had been applied, while pure Pd deposition had no positive effect. Ni was found to have a stronger effect than those of Pd/Pt and Pd, possibly because of the size effect of Ni nanoparticles.

  11. Electrochemical pulsed deposition of platinum nanoparticles on indium tin oxide/polyethylene terephthalate as a flexible counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Wei, Yu-Hsuan; Chen, Chih-Sheng [Department of Materials Engineering, Ming Chi University of Technology, New Taipei City 24301, Taiwan (China); Ma, Chen-Chi M. [Department of Chemical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan (China); Tsai, Chuen-Horng [Department of Engineering and System Science, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan (China); Hsieh, Chien-Kuo, E-mail: jack_hsieh@mail.mcut.edu.tw [Department of Materials Engineering, Ming Chi University of Technology, New Taipei City 24301, Taiwan (China)

    2014-11-03

    In this study, a pulsed-mode electrochemical deposition (Pulse-ECD) technique was employed to deposit platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs) on the indium tin oxide/polyethylene terephthalate (ITO/PET) substrate as a flexible counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The characteristic properties of the Pulse-ECD PtNPs were prepared and compared to the traditional (electron beam) Pt film. The surface morphologies of the PtNPs were examined by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and the atomic force microscope (AFM). The FE-SEM results showed that our PtNPs were deposited uniformly on the ITO/PET flexible substrates via the Pulse-ECD technique. The AFM results indicated that the surface roughness of the pulsed PtNPs influenced the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of DSSCs, due to the high specific surface area of PtNPs which enhanced the catalytic activities for the reduction (I{sub 3}{sup −} to I{sup −}) of redox electrolyte. In combination with a N719 dye-sensitized TiO{sub 2} working electrode and an iodine-based electrolyte,