Biotemplated Palladium Catalysts Can Be Stabilized on Different Support Materials

Matthew D. Yates, Bruce E. Logan

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© 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim. Sustainably biotemplated palladium catalysts generated on different carbon-based support materials are examined for durability under electrochemical (oxidative) and mechanical-stress conditions. Biotemplated catalysts on carbon paper under both stresses retain 95% (at 0.6V) of the initial catalytic activity as opposed to 70% for carbon cloth and 60% for graphite. Graphite electrodes retain 95% of initial catalytic activity under a single stress. Using electrodeposited polyaniline (PANI) and polydimethylsiloxane binder increases the current density after the stress tests by 22%, as opposed to a 30% decrease for Nafion. PANI-coated electrodes retain more activity than carbon-paper electrodes under elevated mechanical (94 versus 70%) or increased oxidative (175 versus 62%) stress. Biotemplated catalytic electrodes may be useful alternatives to synthetically produce catalysts for some electrochemical applications. Sustainable electrode fabrication: The biotemplated synthesis of catalytic porous electrodes is a sustainable process and, according to the results of durability tests under electrochemical and mechanical stress, these electrodes (e.g. the Pd/carbon paper electrode shown in the picture) are durable enough to replace catalytic electrodes based on synthetic materials in certain applications.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1867-1873
Number of pages7
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jul 30 2014
Externally publishedYes

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): KUS-I1-003-13
Acknowledgements: The authors would like to acknowledge John Cantolina in the Huck Institutes of Life Sciences for his assistance with the SEM. This research was supported by an award KUS-I1-003-13 from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and by an award DGE-1255832 to M.D.Y. by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Student Fellowship Program.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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