Dr. Cabrera’s team and colleagues from University of Alicante in Spain developed cubic Pt nanoparticles synthesis using w/o microemulsion in acid aqueous phase

04/30/ 2014

In collaboration with Professors Juan M. Feliu, Dr. Jose Solla and Dr. Francisco Vidal-Iglesia in the Institute of Electrochemistry, University of Alicante in Spain, Professor Cabrera’s team achieved a significant breakthrough in the synthesis of Pt nanocubes with high density of Pt(100) facets.

The work, published recently in JACS, provides a facile method to synthesize cubic Pt nanoparticles. The newly developed method makes the production of shape-controlled nanoparticles scalable, and large quantities of controlled shape Pt nanoparticles can be prepared as electrocatalysts for ammonia oxidation reaction in Direct Ammonia Alkaline Fuel Cells (DAAFC) due to the sensitivity of the ammonia oxidation reaction to the structure of Pt nanoparticles with cubic orientation and Pt(100) facets.

The first author, Roberto A. Martínez Rodríguez, is a graduate student in Professor Cabrera’s lab. Let’s congratulate to their fruitful collaborations with Professor Feliu’s group!

Roberto A. Martínez Rodríguez (middle) with Dr. Jose Solla (left) and Dr. Francisco Vidal-Iglesias (right) in Spain

For details, pls refer to

Synthesis of Pt Nanoparticles in Water-in-Oil Microemulsion: Effect of HCl on Their Surface Structure

Roberto A. Mart??nez-Rodr??guez, Francisco J. Vidal-Iglesias, José Solla-Gullón, Carlos R. Cabrera, and Juan M. Feliu

J. Am. Chem. Soc.2014136 (4), pp 1280–1283
Publication Date (Web): January 14, 2014 (Communication)