Highly Branched Metal Alloy Networks with Superior Activities for the Methanol Oxidation Reaction

Xun Cui, Peng Xiao, Jing Wang, Ming Zhou, Wenlong Guo, Yang Yang, Yanjie He, Zewei Wang, Yingkui Yang, Yunhuai Zhang, Zhiqun Lin

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Three-dimensional (3D) interconnected metal alloy nanostructures possess superior catalytic performance owing to their advantageous characteristics, including improved catalytic activity, corrosion resistance, and stability. Hierarchically structured Ni-Cu alloys composed of 3D network-like microscopic branches with nanoscopic dendritic feelers on each branch were crafted by a facile and efficient hydrogen evolution-assisted electrodeposition approach. They were subsequently exploited for methanol electrooxidation in alkaline media. Among three hierarchically structured Ni-Cu alloys with different Ni/Cu ratios (Ni0.25Cu0.75, Ni0.50Cu0.50, and Ni0.75Cu0.25), the Ni0.75Cu0.25 electrode exhibited the fastest electrochemical response and highest electrocatalytic activity toward methanol oxidation. The markedly enhanced performance of Ni0.75Cu0.25 eletrocatalyst can be attributed to its alloyed structure with the proper Ni/Cu ratio and a large number of active sites on the surface of hierarchical structures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4488-4493
Number of pages6
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number16
StatePublished - 10 Apr 2017

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  • Ni-Cu alloy
  • electrocatalysis
  • electrodeposition
  • hierarchical structures
  • methanol oxidation


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