Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 42, Issue 12, pp 4508–4512 | Cite as

Mesocarbon microbeads supported PtSn catalysts for electrochemical oxidation of ethanol

  • Yuxia Bai
  • Jinfeng Li
  • Xinping QiuEmail author
  • Jianjun Wu
  • Jianshe Wang
  • Jingyu Xi
  • Wentao Zhu
  • Liquan Chen


Mesocarbon microbeads (MCMB) supported PtSn catalysts were prepared by alcohol reduction method and characterized by XRD, FESEM and EDX. XRD results show that the addition of Sn to Pt/MCMB extends the fcc lattice parameters of platinum and the particle size of PtSn/MCMB is about 2.6 nm, smaller than that of Pt/MCMB. The electrode catalytic activity in the electro-oxidation of ethanol was studied by cyclic voltammetry, Tafel plot, electrochemistry impedance spectra (EIS) and chronoamperometry. All the results showed that PtSn/MCMB gave higher catalytic activity for ethanol electro-oxidation than Pt/C (20 wt.% E-TEK).


Saturated Calomel Electrode Electrochemistry Impedance Spectrum Gold Foil Direct Ethanol Fuel Cell Direct Alcohol Fuel Cell 



The authors appreciate the financial support of the State Key Basic Research Program of PRC (2002CB211803) and National Natural Science Foundation of China (90410002).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuxia Bai
    • 1
  • Jinfeng Li
    • 1
  • Xinping Qiu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jianjun Wu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jianshe Wang
    • 1
  • Jingyu Xi
    • 1
  • Wentao Zhu
    • 1
  • Liquan Chen
    • 1
  1. 1.Key Lab of Organic Optoelectronics and Molecular Engineering, Department of ChemistryTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryShijiazhuang CollegeShijiazhuangChina

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