Synthesis of spherical copper-platinum nanoparticles by sonoelectrochemistry followed by conversion reaction

Samuel Levi, Valérie Mancier, Céline Rousse, Omar Lozano Garcia, Jorge Humberto Mejia Mendoza, Maribel Guzman, Stéphane Lucas, Patrick Fricoteaux

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Abstract Cu-Pt nanopowders were prepared by sonoelectrochemistry followed by a displacement reaction. The first method provides pure copper particles. In the second method the surface copper atoms are replaced by platinum atoms. The influence of dissolved oxygen during the conversion reaction was also studied. Nanoparticles (NPs) were observed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and their size distribution was determined by centrifugal liquid sedimentation (CLS). The mean diameter of isolated particles was found to be around 8 nm. Their composition was studied by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDXS) and X-Ray photoelectron spectrometry (XPS). These analyses and X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns showed that the particle shell is a solid solution of Cu and Pt. The shell composition is heterogeneous with a richer Pt percentage on its surface.

Original languageEnglish
Article number25322
Pages (from-to)567-574
Number of pages8
JournalElectrochimica Acta
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2015


  • copper
  • dissolved oxygen
  • nanoparticles
  • platinum
  • sonoelectrochemistry

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