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Assembling Graphene-Encapsulated Pd/TiO2 Nanosphere with Hierarchical Architecture for High-Performance Visible-Light-Assisted Methanol Electro-Oxidation Material

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posted on 10.10.2019, 14:46 by Bing Zhang, Fan Yang, Hongchen Liu, Linan Yan, Wang Yang, Chong Xu, Shuo Huang, Qi Li, Weijie Bao, Bei Liu, Yongfeng Li
Photoactivated methanol oxidation electrocatalysis attracts broad interest in recent years. Herein, we report the novel reduced graphene oxide encapsulated with a Pd-modified TiO2 nanosphere (PTG) hierarchical composite by the electrostatic assembly strategy. The homodisperse tiny palladium nanoparticles (Pd NPs) on the TiO2 support (Pd/TiO2) ensure more active sites exposed, and graphene encapsulation ensures rapid electron transmission and high light utilization of the PTG material. This tailor-made composite exhibits not only high catalytic activity up to 1052 mA/mg but also good stability due to its distinct hierarchical structure and strong interaction between Pd/TiO2 core and graphene shell. Moreover, detailed characterizations showed that the properties of PTG are related to the particle size and crystal phase of the TiO2 support. The optimal PTG-400-650 (TiO2 support with mixed crystal and particle size of 400 nm) displays 2.0-fold enhancement in catalytic activity under light illumination, which is superior to previously reported TiO2-based photoelectrocatalysts.