Graphene functionalization with metallic Pt nanoparticles: A path to cost-efficient H2 production in microbial electrolysis cells

Pilar Sánchez-Peña, Jordi Rodriguez, David Gabriel, Juan Antonio Baeza, Albert Guisasola*, Mireia Baeza

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Platinum is one of the most widely used catalysts in the cathode of Microbial Electrolysis Cells (MECs) to overcome the relatively slow kinetics of hydrogen evolution, even though it is not economically feasible on a large scale. This work aims at developing, applying, characterizing, and optimizing two novel Pt-functionalized inks with promising charac-teristics: Pt@rGO based on reduced graphene oxide and Pt@Graphitene based on a home-made material named Graphitene, which showed improved performance at a lower cost. The Pt-functionalized materials were deposited on carbon cloth and used as cathode electrode in a single chamber MEC. These materials provided 47% increase in Pt func-tionalization over commercial inks. Moreover, surface areas of 10.76 m(2)/g and 24.40 m(2)/g and electroactive areas of 0.10 cm(2)/cm(2) and 0.16 cm(2)/cm(2) were determined for Pt@Graphitene and Pt@rGO, respectively, a difference caused by structural defects in the case of the Pt@rGO, which slightly improved its performance compared to Pt@Graphitene. Thus, the experimental results reached ca. 0.8 mA/cm(2), a 43% higher intensity than that obtained using conventional commercial inks. (c) 2022 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd on behalf of Hydrogen Energy Publications LLC. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by/4.0/).

Idioma originalEnglish
Pàgines (de-a)15397-15409
Nombre de pàgines13
RevistaInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Volum47
Número34
DOIs
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - 22 d’abr. 2022

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