Oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activities were evaluated for clean Pt(111) and Ni/Pt(111) model catalysts fabricated by molecular beam epitaxy. Exposure of clean Pt(111) to 1.0 L CO at 303 K produced linear-bonded and bridge-bonded CO-Pt IR bands at 2093 and 1858 cm- 1. In contrast, 0.3-nm-thick Ni deposited on Pt(111) at 573 K (573 K-Ni0.3 nm/Pt(111)) produced broad IR bands for adsorbed CO at around 2070 cm- 1; the separation of reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) streaks is slightly wider for 573 K-Ni0.3 nm/Pt(111) than for the clean Pt(111). For 823 K-Ni0.3 nm/Pt(111), the separation of the RHEED streaks is the same as that for the Pt(111), and a single sharp IR band due to adsorbed CO is located at 2082 cm- 1. The results suggest that for the 823 K-Ni 0.3 nm/Pt(111), a Pt-enriched outermost surface (Pt-skin) was formed through surface segregation of the substrate Pt atoms. ORR activities for the 573 K- and 823 K-Ni0.3 nm/Pt(111) as determined from linear sweep voltammetry curves were five times and eight times higher than that for clean Pt(111), respectively, demonstrating that Pt-skin generation is crucial for developing highly active electrode catalysts for fuel cells.
- Molecular beam epitaxy
- Oxygen reduction reaction
- Polymer-electrolyte fuel cells
- Pt-Ni surface alloy
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