We prepared several samples of carbon-nanotube-supported Pt nanoparticles that are potentially promising electrocatalysts for hydrogen fuel cells. Commercially obtained single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) were characterized by Raman Spectroscopy, SEM, TEM, EDS, and XANES. This multi-technique characterization allowed us to quantify the size and composition of metal impurities (Mo, Co) in SWNTs, to choose the best method to remove them, and characterize the effectiveness of their removal. After synthesizing a "nanopaper" (10-20 micrometer thick, free standing sheets of self-assembled SWNTs) we decorated it with Pt nanoparticles by electroless deposition. Formation of Pt nanoparticles was verified by EXAFS, and quantitative information about their size and structure was obtained.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)