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Revealing the radial distribution of catalytic Pt atoms in eutectic alloy nanoparticles for efficient water splitting reaction

Project Member(s): Ton-That, C.

Funding or Partner Organisation: The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (Australian Synchrotron Access Program (Beamtime))
The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (Australian Synchrotron Access Program (Beamtime))

Start year: 2024

Summary: The experiment aims to investigate the chemical structure and distribution of platinum (Pt) atoms and other dissolved metals in gallium-based eutectic nanoparticles. These nanoparticles exhibit exceptionally high hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) activities due to the synergistic effects of multiple metallic elements. The proposed measurements (photon-energy-dependent photoemission spectroscopies and XANES) will provide insights into the solvation and chemical structures of Pt, Au and Cu atoms and their dispersibility as well as the electronic structure of the nanoparticles before and after water electrolysis. The data from these measurements will be correlated with microstructural, optical and electrocatalytic characteristics that have been identified.

FOR Codes: Nanotechnology, Surface properties of condensed matter, Expanding knowledge in the physical sciences