Arvydas Paul Paulikas

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We report the design and synthesis of multimetallic Au/Pt-bimetallic nanoparticles as a highly durable electrocatalyst for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in proton exchange membrane fuel cells. This system was first studied on well-defined Pt and FePt thin films deposited on a Au(111) surface, which has guided the development of novel synthetic routes(More)
Design and synthesis of materials for efficient electrochemical transformation of water to molecular hydrogen and of hydroxyl ions to oxygen in alkaline environments is of paramount importance in reducing energy losses in water-alkali electrolysers. Here, using 3d-M hydr(oxy)oxides, with distinct stoichiometries and morphologies in the hydrogen evolution(More)
Improving the sluggish kinetics for the electrochemical reduction of water to molecular hydrogen in alkaline environments is one key to reducing the high overpotentials and associated energy losses in water-alkali and chlor-alkali electrolyzers. We found that a controlled arrangement of nanometer-scale Ni(OH)(2) clusters on platinum electrode surfaces(More)
The development of hydrogen-based energy sources as viable alternatives to fossil-fuel technologies has revolutionized clean energy production using fuel cells. However, to date, the slow rate of the hydrogen oxidation reaction (HOR) in alkaline environments has hindered advances in alkaline fuel cell systems. Here, we address this by studying the trends in(More)
Advancement in heterogeneous catalysis relies on the capability of altering material structures at the nanoscale, and that is particularly important for the development of highly active electrocatalysts with uncompromised durability. Here, we report the design and synthesis of a Pt-bimetallic catalyst with multilayered Pt-skin surface, which shows superior(More)
PtM alloys (M=Co, Ni, Fe, etc.) have been extensively studied for their use in fuel cells, both in well-defined extended surfaces, as well as in nanoparticles. After the report about exceptional activity of Pt3Ni(111)-skin surface [1a] for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) a lot of efforts have been made to mimic this catalytic behavior at the nanoscale.(More)
Active in alkaline environment: The activity of nickel, silver, and copper catalysts for the electrochemical transformation of water to molecular hydrogen in alkaline solutions was enhanced by modification of the metal surfaces by Ni(OH)(2) (see picture; I = current density and η = overpotential). The hydrogen evolution reaction rate on a Ni electrode(More)
In the present study, we used a surface-science approach to establish a functional link between activity and stability of monometallic oxides during the OER in acidic media. We found that the most active oxides (Au ≪ Pt < Ir < Ru ≪ Os) are, in fact, the least stable (Au ≫ Pt > Ir > Ru ≫ Os) materials. We suggest that the relationships between stability and(More)
In developing cost-effective complex oxide materials for the oxygen evolution reaction, it is critical to establish the missing links between structure and function at the atomic level. The fundamental and practical implications of the relationship on any oxide surface are prerequisite to the design of new stable and active materials. Here we report an(More)
The methods used to improve catalytic activity are well-established, however elucidating the factors that simultaneously control activity and stability is still lacking, especially for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) catalysts. Here, by studying fundamental links between the activity and stability of well-characterized monometallic and bimetallic oxides, we(More)