Oxygen Reduction Reaction Activities for Pt/Au(hkl) Bimetallic Surfaces Prepared by Molecular Beam Epitaxy

Yuki Iijima, Takayuki Kondo, Yu Takahashi, Yohe Bando, Naoto Todoroki, Toshimasa Wadayama

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We investigated electrochemical properties for the Pt-Au bimetallic surfaces prepared by 0.3-nm-thick Pt depositions on Au(111), (110), and (100) substrates (Pt0.3nmAu(hkl)) by molecular beam epitaxy. The Pt0.3nmAu(111) surface prepared at the substrate temperature of 300 K (300K-Pt/Au(111)) showed a corrugated Pt(111) epitaxial surface on which 3-5 nm size monoatomic height Pt islands are located. Oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity of the surface was enhanced by a factor of ca. 2 relative to that of the clean Pt(111) surface. In contrast, the topmost surfaces of 473K-Pt0.3nmAu(111), 300K-Pt0.3nm/Au(100), and 300K-Pt0.3nm/Au(110) were composed of both Pt and Au atoms, and the ORR activities were lower than those for corresponding clean surfaces. The specific ORR activities for the Pt0.3nm/Au(111) and Pt0.3nm/Au(100) surfaces estimated after recording CV curves of 0.05-1.7 V were enhanced relative to the as-prepared samples, although the activity of the Pt0.3nm/Au(110) surface was slightly decreased by the wide region CV recording. These results suggest that atomic arrangements of surface Pt atoms, particularly the most dense plane of Pt(111), determine the ORR activity enhancement for Pt-Au bimetallic surfaces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)F898-F904
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Electrochemistry


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