Calibrating SECCM measurements by means of a nanoelectrode ruler. The intrinsic oxygen reduction activity of PtNi catalyst nanoparticles

Tetteh, E.B. and Löffler, T. and Tarnev, T. and Quast, T. and Wilde, P. and Aiyappa, H.B. and Schumacher, S. and Andronescu, C. and Tilley, R.D. and Chen, X. and Schuhmann, W.

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DOI: 10.1007/s12274-021-3702-7
Published: 2021

Scanning electrochemical cell microscopy (SECCM) is increasingly applied to determine the intrinsic catalytic activity of single electrocatalyst particle. This is especially feasible if the catalyst nanoparticles are large enough that they can be found and counted in post-SECCM scanning electron microscopy images. Evidently, this becomes impossible for very small nanoparticles and hence, a catalytic current measured in one landing zone of the SECCM droplet cannot be correlated to the exact number of catalyst particles. We show, that by introducing a ruler method employing a carbon nanoelectrode decorated with a countable number of the same catalyst particles from which the catalytic activity can be determined, the activity determined using SECCM from many spots can be converted in the intrinsic catalytic activity of a certain number of catalyst nanoparticles.[Figure not available: see fulltext.] © 2021, The Author(s).

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