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Insight of holey-graphene in the enhancing of electrocatalytic activity as supporting material.

A new interesting article has been published in Nanotechnology. 2018 Oct 19;29(42):425708. doi: 10.1088/1361-6528/aad7a2. Epub 2018 Aug 2. and titled:

Insight of holey-graphene in the enhancing of electrocatalytic activity as supporting material.

Authors of this article are:

You H, Xuan Y, Zuo Y, Shen F, Han X, Fang J.

A summary of the article is shown below:

An ideal supporting material improves both activity and durability of noble metal nanoparticles in electrocatalytic reactions. Graphene possesses a high transport rate of electrons in-plane, a low cost, and stability, but, the restacking of graphene layers trap noble metal nanoparticles and make them inaccessible to reactants and results in reduced catalytic activity. Here, holey-graphene as the supporting materials for Pt nanoparticle catalysts is deeply investigated in the electrocatalytic reaction of methanol oxidation. The holey-graphene can be scalable to synthesize using our simple method described herein. The holes on the holey-graphene layer promote the access of reactants with Pt nanoparticle catalysts compared with carbon black and graphene when used as supporting materials. Density functional theory calculations and molecule dynamic simulation further explain the function of holey-graphene in the promotion of electrocatalytic activity. Holey-graphene may open extraordinary possibilities as a supporting material for electrocatalysts.

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