Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 315–324 | Cite as

Pt nanoparticles supported on non-carbon titanium chromium nitride nanotubes with high activity and durability for methanol oxidation reaction

  • Xiaoxiang Chen
  • Zhanchang PanEmail author
  • Qiuman Zhou
  • Zhaojie Huang
  • Yanbin XuEmail author
  • Guanghui Hu
  • Shoukun Wu
  • Chun Chen
  • LuHua Lin
  • Yingsheng Lin
Original Paper


A hybrid titanium chromium nitride nanotube (Ti0.95Cr0.05N NT) support was prepared by a facile synthesis procedure and further used as support for Pt nanoparticles (Pt/Ti0.95Cr0.05N NTs). The catalyst was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and nitrogen absorption/desorption, which show that the Pt/Ti0.95Cr0.05N NTs are formed with homogeneous cohesively attached nitride nanotube crystals. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) reveals that the interaction between Ti0.95Cr0.05N NTs and Pt nanoparticles is enhanced due to the Cr element doping. Furthermore, the electrochemical experiments demonstrate that Ti0.95Cr0.05N NT-supported Pt catalyst exhibits enhanced catalytic activity and durability for methanol electrooxidation compared with traditional Pt/C catalyst. The experimental dates indicate that the excellent stability and durability of Pt/Ti0.95Cr0.05N NTs toward methanol electrochemical oxidation might be mainly ascribed to the synergistic effect introduced by Cr doping and the tubular nanostructures. The above results indicate that Ti0.95Cr0.05N NTs as support have a promising future in direct methanol fuel cells.

Graphical abstract

Robust non-carbon Ti0.95Cr0.05N nanotubes with tubular structure used as Pt support are synthesized by a facile method, and the Pt/Ti0.95Cr0.05N NT catalyst exhibits much higher activity and stability than conventional JM Pt/C and Pt/TiN NT catalysts for methanol electrooxidation.


Titanium chromium nitride nanotubes Methanol oxidation reaction Enhanced stability Direct methanol fuel cells 


Funding information

This work was financially supported by the Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong Province, China (No. 2016A030313704) and Science and Technology Planning Project of Guangdong Province, China (No. 2016A010103035, No. 2016B020240003).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiaoxiang Chen
    • 1
  • Zhanchang Pan
    • 1
  • Qiuman Zhou
    • 1
  • Zhaojie Huang
    • 1
  • Yanbin Xu
    • 1
  • Guanghui Hu
    • 1
  • Shoukun Wu
    • 2
  • Chun Chen
    • 2
  • LuHua Lin
    • 2
  • Yingsheng Lin
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Chemical Engineering and Light IndustryGuangdong University of TechnologyGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.Huizhou King Brother Electronic Technology Co., LtdHuizhouChina

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