DETERMINATION OF THE EFFECT OF METALLURGICAL VARIABLES ON THE ELECTROCATALYTIC PROPERTIES AT PtCr ALLOYS.
In this investigation, the effect of alloying on catalysis, especially with respect to oxygen and the ORR, was examined. A series of PtCr alloys allowed four major aspects of alloying to be investigated: (i) Effect of decreasing lattice parameter with increasing Cr content in the Pt terminal solid solution. (ii) Effect of an order/disorder transition. (iii) Difference between intermetallic and solid solution structures. (iv) Effect of dendritic segregation. Results indicated that contrary to the findings of previous investigators, decreased lattice spacing did not correlate with an increase in ORR activity.