Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 43, Issue 22, pp 7250–7253 | Cite as

Synthesis of nanosized Zn2PtO4

  • Per KjellinEmail author
  • Anders E. C. Palmqvist

Platinum and platinum compounds are used in numerous catalysis applications. In the fuel cell field, platinum is the main choice of catalyst material. Platinum forms a significant cost of the fuel cell system, and lots of research effort strives to decrease the platinum amount while preserving the efficiency of the catalyst material. This can be achieved in a number of ways, such as decreasing the particle size of the platinum particles, or by using more efficient platinum alloys. However, recent studies have shown that the platinum catalyst is subject to degradation in the relatively harsh fuel cell environment [1], and smaller particles become more sensitive to degradation due to their higher specific surface area. Platinum alloys, such as Pt–Ru, have shown to be more efficient catalysts, and to be less sensitive to catalyst poisoning, compared to pure platinum [2, 3]. Catalyst poisoning can occur in for example direct methanol fuel cells (DMFC) when methanol leaks through the...


Oxygen Reduction Reaction Direct Methanol Fuel Cell PtCl4 Average Crystal Size Catalyst Poisoning 



The authors thank MISTRA (The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research)/Jungner Centre for financial support, via the programme “Fuel Cells in a Sustainable Society”. A.E.C. Palmqvist thanks the Swedish Research Council for a Senior Researcher grant, and support from the Competence Centre for Catalysis, which is funded by the Swedish Energy Agency and the member companies: AB Volvo, Volvo Car Corporation, Scania CV AB, GM Powertrain Sweden AB, Haldor Topsøe A/S, Perstorp Specialty Chemicals AB and The Swedish Space Agency.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Promimic AB, Stena Center 1BGöteborgSweden
  2. 2.Department of Applied Surface Chemistry, Chemical and Biological EngineeringChalmers University of TechnologyGöteborgSweden
  3. 3.Competence Centre for CatalysisChalmers University of TechnologyGöteborgSweden

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