Formation of nanoporous Cu-Ag by dealloying Mg-Cu-Y-Ag amorphous alloys and its electrocatalyst oxidation property

J. I. Hyun, K. H. Kong, W. C. Kim, W. T. Kim, D. H. Kim

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The supersaturated Cu-Ag bimetallic nanoporous structure has been fabricated by dealloying of Mg65Cu25-xY10Agx (x = 0, 2, 4, 8) amorphous alloys and its electrocatalytic property for sodium borohydride (NaBH4) oxidation has been evaluated. In order to increase solid solubility of Ag into Cu, the dealloying process is proceeded in higher concentration sulfuric acid aqueous solution for shorter immersion time. When Mg65Cu25-xY10Agx amorphous alloys are dealloyed in 1.0 M solution for 30 s, the Cu-Ag bimetallic nanoporous structure in the form of solid solution is successfully obtained due to extended solid solubility in nm scale grain structure. Electrochemical oxidation of NaBH4 at Cu-(Ag) electrodes is studied in a mixture solution of 2.0 M NaOH and 0.1 M NaBH4. The electrocatalytic property of nanoporous Cu-Ag bimetallic electrodes is higher than that of Cu monometallic electrode. The electrode dealloyed from Mg65Cu21Y10Ag4 amorphous alloy exhibits the highest electrocatalytic property.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106488
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jul

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation by the Ministry of Science, ICT (Information & Communication Technology) and Future Planning, Korea ( 2016R1A2B2013838 ).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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