Au-Ir alloy nanofibers synthesized from Au-Ir/IrO2 composites via thermal hydrogen treatment: Application for glucose oxidation

Areum Yu, Sinyoung Moon, Taehui Kwon, Yun Bin Cho, Myung Hwa Kim, Chongmok Lee, Youngmi Lee

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This paper reports the facile formation of the alloy nanofibers of highly immiscible Au and Ir with diverse composition ratios (denoted as TH2_AuxIr1−x, x = 0.05, 0.10 or 0.33, relative molar content of Au precursor) and the application for direct glucose oxidation. First, the composite nanofibers consisting of Ir/IrO2 fibrous main frames decorated with Au nanoparticles (denoted as Pre_AuxIr1−xOy) were synthesized via electrospinning and calcination. Then, these composites were annealed under H2 gas flowing and successfully transformed to Au-Ir alloy nanofibers along with IrO2 reduction to Ir metal in the Ir/IrO2 fibrous frames. Thermal H2-treatments with varying temperatures and duration times confirmed that Au-Ir alloy production required an unusually low temperature ≥ 90 °C at which Au and Ir were completely alloyed within 1 min. This study suggests that the Au-Ir alloying and IrO2 reduction occur simultaneously and promote each other. TH2_Au0.33Ir0.67, with ∼50.4 % Au atomic %, was found to still have segregated Au phase, indicating the limited solubility (molar ratio of Au/Ir < 1). Alloyed TH2_Au0.10Ir0.90 exhibited high electroactivity for glucose oxidation: a surprisingly low onset potential (<< −0.4 V vs SCE) and greatly enhanced oxidation current levels compared with Pre_Au0.10Ir0.90Oy and pure Au nanoparticles. The high activity of TH2_Au0.10Ir0.90 was attributed to the higher surface area of Au and more favorable formation of catalytically active OHads in the Au-Ir alloy. Current study presents that Au-Ir alloys can be formed under moderate condition via thermal H2-treatment and possess a feasibility for nonenzymatic glucose oxidation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number127822
JournalSensors and Actuators, B: Chemical
StatePublished - 1 May 2020

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning ( NRF-2017R1A2A2A14001137 ) and by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education ( NRF-2018R1A6A1A03025340 ).

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  • Electrocatalysis
  • Electrospinning
  • Glucose oxidation
  • Gold
  • Iridium
  • Nanofibrous alloy


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