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Title: Platinum-catalyzed Nb-doped TiO2 and Nb-doped TiO2 nanotubes for hydrogen generation in proton exchange membrane water electrolyzers
Author: Alcaide Monterrubio, Francisco
Genova-Koleva, Radostina Vasileva
Álvarez, Garbiñe
Grande, Hans-Jürgen
Miguel, Óscar
Cabot Julià, Pere-Lluís
Keywords: Hidrogen
Issue Date: 30-Jan-2020
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Abstract: This paper studies the catalytic activity of Pt deposited onto Nb-doped titania supports toward the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). New catalysts based on Nb-doped TiO2 nanoparticles (nNb-TiO2) and Nb-doped TiO2 nanotubes (nNb-TNTs), with n in the range 3-10 at % (Nb+Ti), were synthesized. The specific surface areas of nNb-TNTs were 250−300 m2g-1, about three times higher than those of nNb-TiO2. X-ray diffraction showed the Nb incorporation into the TiO2 lattice with its consequent lattice expansion. The X-ray photoelectron spectra of Pt deposited onto Nb-doped titania revealed a negative charge accumulation on Pt, thus denoting strong metal-support interaction. The electrochemical characterization in acidic media showed that Pt supported on nNb-TiO2 and nNb-TNTs presented better activity towards the HER than that of Pt deposited onto the un-doped supports and commercial Pt on carbon. The best performance was obtained with a small Nb doping of 3 at %.
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It is part of: International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2020, vol. 45, num. 40, p. 20605-20619
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ISSN: 0360-3199
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