One-pot electrodeposition of cobalt flower-decorated silver nanotrees for oxygen reduction reaction

Yun Bin Cho, Sinyoung Moon, Chongmok Lee, Youngmi Lee

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In this paper, we demonstrate a simple fabrication of bimetallic silver (Ag) and cobalt (Co) nanostructures (AgCo) with various Ag to Co relative contents via electrochemical co-deposition. A series of AgCo catalysts was electrodeposited on glassy carbon (GC) electrodes at −0.57 V vs. SCE in the deposition solutions, containing Ag precursor, Co precursor, Triton X-100, and 0.3 M KNO 3 aqueous solution, with various Ag to Co precursor concentration ratios (1:x, x was varied from 3 to 11). The films, deposited with the total deposition charge of 0.042C, were denoted as Ag 1 Co x . SEM and TEM analyses showed that Ag 1 Co x formed a structure consisted of flower-like Co grown on tree-like Ag backbones while it had more Co flowers with a greater x. The ORR activities were examined in 0.1 M NaOH solution with rotating disk electrode (RDE) voltammetry and Ag 1 Co 7 showed the best catalytic activity. The co-deposition mechanism was further investigated by varying the deposition time of Ag 1 Co 7 . At the early stage of deposition, Ag-tree branches were formed predominantly, followed by the growth of flower-like Co nanostructures on the Ag nanotrees: More Co flowers were produced on Ag backbones with longer deposition time, being attributed to both a less negative reduction potential of Ag + to Ag than Co 2+ to Co and promoted Co 2+ reduction on the initially formed Ag surface. Ag 1 Co 7 electrodeposited for 200 s, consisted of ∼14% Co, showed the greatest ORR catalytic activity which was better or comparable to noble metal Pt.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-274
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Surface Science
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2017

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Funding Information:
This work was financially supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning ( 2014R1A2A2A05003769 for YL) and ( 2014R1A2A2A01005479 for CL).

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  • Bimetallic electrocatalyst
  • Cobalt
  • Nanotree
  • Oxygen reduction reaction
  • Silver


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