Synthesis and Characterization of PtSn/Carbon and Pt 3Sn/Carbon Nanocomposites as Methanol Electrooxidation Catalysts

Frank E. Jones*, Stephen B. Milne, Bogdan Gurau, Eugene S. Smotkin, Stuart R. Stock, C. M. Lukehart

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Two Pt-Sn/vulcan carbon nanocomposites containing nanoclusters of PtSn (niggliite) and Pt 3Sn highly dispersed on a carbon powder support have been prepared using Pt(SnPh 2Cl)(PPh 3) 2(Ph) or {Pt 3[μ-(PPh 2) 2CH 2] 23SnF 3) (μ 3-CO)}[PF 6] as single-source precursors of metal alloy. PtP 2 or Pt metal is also present as a secondary phase. Bimetallic Pt-Sn nanoclusters with an average diameter of 5-8 nm are formed at a total metal loading of ca. 15 wt %. Evaluation of both Pt-Sn/C nanocomposites as electrooxidation catalysts in a direct methanol fuel cell gives fuel cell performances comparable to that expected for Pt-Sn catalysts prepared by more conventional methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-87
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002


  • Bimetallic Nanoparticles
  • Methanol Oxidation
  • Pt-Sn/carbon Nanocomposites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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