New strategy to prepare platinum salts by electrochemical methods and subsequent synthesis of platinum nanoparticles

Fu Der Mai, Chung Chin Yu, Yu Chuan Liu, Ting Chu Hsu, Yi Hao Wu

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As shown in the literature, most of Pt nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized from precursors of commercial Pt salts. However, the impurity of the commercial Pt salts is a concerned issue. In this work, we report a new pathway based on electrochemical methods to prepare Pt-containing complexes with high purity in aqueous solutions from bulk Pt substrates. Experimental results indicate that Pt complexes with higher concentration can be obtained in 0.1 N HCl by using square-wave oxidation-reduction cycles (ORCs) under a frequency of 8 Hz with a step potential of 6.3 mV. Moreover, concentrations of other heavy metals of Hg and Cr in 65 ppm Pt complexes-containing solution are just 0.65 and 0.78 ppb, respectively. These Pt complexes were further reduced to Pt NPs by using NaBH 4 and poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) as reducing agent and stabilizer, respectively. The concentration and the particle size of synthesized Pt (1 1 1) NPs are ca. 60 ppm and smaller than 5 nm, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-171
Number of pages5
JournalMaterials Research Bulletin
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012



  • A. Metals
  • B. Chemical synthesis
  • C. Photoelectron spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials

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