Low-Temperature Vapor-Phase Synthesis of Single-Crystalline Gold Nanostructures: Toward Exceptional Electrocatalytic Activity for Methanol Oxidation Reaction

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Au nanostructures (Au NSs) have been considered promising materials for applications in fuel cell catalysis, electrochemistry, and plasmonics. For the fabrication of high-performance Au NS-based electronic or electrochemical devices, Au NSs should have clean surfaces and be directly supported on a substrate without any mediating molecules. Herein, we report the vapor-phase synthesis of Au NSs on a fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate at 120 degrees C and their application to the electrocatalytic methanol oxidation reaction (MOR). By employing AuCl as a precursor, the synthesis temperature for Au NSs was reduced to under 200 degrees C, enabling the direct synthesis of Au NSs on an FTO substrate in the vapor phase. Considering that previously reported vapor-phase synthesis of Au NSs requires a high temperature over 1000 degrees C, this proposed synthetic method is remarkably simple and practical. Moreover, we could selectively synthesize Au nanoparticles (NPs) and nanoplates by adjusting the location of the substrate, and the size of the Au NPs was controllable by changing the reaction temperature. The synthesized Au NSs are a single-crystalline material with clean surfaces that achieved a high methanol oxidation current density of 14.65 mA/cm(2) when intimately supported by an FTO substrate. We anticipate that this novel synthetic method can widen the applicability of vapor-phase synthesized Au NSs for electronic and electrochemical devices.
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MDPI
Issue Date
2019-04
Language
English
Article Type
Article
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NANOMATERIALS, v.9, no.4

ISSN
2079-4991
DOI
10.3390/nano9040595
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/262449
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CH-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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