Electrocatalytic performance of Ni@Pt core–shell nanoparticles supported on carbon nanotubes for methanol oxidation reaction

Shahid Ali, Ibrahim Khan, Safyan Akram Khan, Manzar Sohail, Riaz Ahmed, Ateeq ur Rehman, Muhammad Shahid Ansari, Mohamed Ali Morsy

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Ni@Pt (Ni-core, Pt-shell) nanoparticles deposited on surface of functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) have been prepared by a modified chemical co-reduction protocol and tested as promising electrocatalyst for methanol oxidation reaction (MOR). To delve comparison, Pt–Ni/MWCNTs (mixed structure) and Pt/MWCNTs have also been synthesized via conventional co-reduction method. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) image demonstrates the open-ends of functionalized MWCNTs. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) image indicates the presence of 5.7 ± 0.9 nm sized well-dispersed Ni@Pt core–shell particles on MWCNTs surface. Z-contrast images have been recorded via scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) using high-angle annular dark-field (HAADF) and annular bright-field (ABF) mode, which confirms the formation of core–shell nanostructures. Cyclic voltammetry results show that mass activities (MA) exhibited by Ni@Pt/MWCNTs (216.7 mA·mg− 1Pt) for MOR in acidic medium are 2.25 and 1.47 times greater than those of Pt/MWCNTs (96.3 mA·mg− 1Pt) and Pt–Ni/MWCNTs (147.9 mA·mg− 1Pt) catalysts respectively. A pretty much similar comparison has been observed for MOR in basic medium. Moreover, chronoamperometric curves shows that Ni@Pt/MWCNTs has substantially better performance as compared to the other electrocatalysts in both acidic and alkaline media.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-25
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Electroanalytical Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Core–shell
  • Cyclic voltammetry
  • Direct methanol fuel cells
  • Methanol oxidation
  • Multi-walled carbon nanotubes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Electrochemistry


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