Optically transparent hydrogen evolution catalysts made from networks of copper-platinum core-shell nanowires

Journal Article

This article reports the fabrication of copper-platinum core-shell nanowires by electroplating platinum onto copper nanowires, and the first demonstration of their use as a transparent, conducting electrocatalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). Cu-Pt core-shell nanowire networks exhibit mass activities up to 8 times higher than carbon-supported Pt nanoparticles for the HER. Electroplating minimizes galvanic replacement, allowing the copper nanowires to retain their conductivity, and eliminating the need for a conductive substrate or overcoat. Cu-Pt core-shell nanowire networks can thus replace more expensive transparent electrodes made from indium tin oxide (ITO) in photoelectrolysis cells and dye sensitized solar cells. Unlike ITO, Cu-Pt core-shell nanowire films retain their conductivity after bending, retain their transmittance during electrochemical reduction, and have consistently high transmittance (>80%) across a wide optical window (300-1800 nm). This journal is © the Partner Organisations 2014.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chen, Z; Ye, S; Wilson, AR; Ha, YC; Wiley, BJ

Published Date

  • January 1, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 7 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 1461 - 1467

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1754-5706

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1754-5692

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1039/c4ee00211c

Citation Source

  • Scopus