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Nanosized graphene quantum dots were prepared by acid etching of carbon fibers and used as effective substrate supports for platinum nanoparticles which were synthesized by thermolytic reduction of platinum(II) chloride in ethylene glycol. Transmission electron microscopic measurements showed that the resulting nanocomposite (Pt/G) particles exhibited an… (More)
Silver nanoparticles capped by a variety of organic ligands (i.e., 1-hexanethiol, 1-octyne, and 4-trifluoro-methylphenyl fragments) were synthesized by a chemical reduction route, with the resulting nanoparticles denoted as AgSC6, AgHC8, and AgPhCF3, respectively. The nanoparticle structures were characterized by using a variety of techniques including NMR,… (More)
We have developed a general ion-exchange method of preparing a composite of low nanometre size carbide particles with controllable size less than 10 nm on carbon foams. The nanoarchitectures of the carbide nanoparticles on carbon foam are used to load Pt nanoparticles as electrocatalysts which show enhanced activity for the oxygen reduction reaction.
Carbide-based electrocatalysts are superior to traditional carbon-based electrocatalysts, such as the commercial Pt/C electrocatalysts, in terms of their mass activity and stability. Herein, we report a general approach for the preparation of a nanocomposite electrocatalyst of platinum and vanadium carbide nanoparticles that are loaded onto graphitized… (More)