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Wetting induced oxidation of Pt-based nano catalysts revealed by ${{it in situ}}$ high energy resolution X-ray absorption spectroscopy

Cui, Y.-T.*; Harada, Yoshihisa*; Niwa, Hideharu*; Hatanaka, Tatsuya*; Nakamura, Naoki*; Ando, Masaki*; Yoshida, Toshihiko*; Ishii, Kenji*; Matsumura, Daiju   ; Oji, Hiroshi*; Ofuchi, Hironori*; Oshima, Masaharu*

In situ high energy resolution fluorescence detection X-ray absorption spectroscopy (HERFD-XAS) was used to systematically evaluate interactions of H$$_{2}$$O and O$$_{2}$$ adsorbed on Pt and Pt$$_{3}$$Co nanoparticle catalysts in different particle sizes. The systematic increase in oxidation due to adsorption of different species (H$$_{2}$$O adsorption $$<$$ O$$_{2}$$ adsorption $$<$$ O$$_{2}$$ + H$$_{2}$$O coadsorption) suggests that cooperative behavior between O$$_{2}$$ and H$$_{2}$$O adsorptions is responsible for the overpotential induced by hydrated species in fuel cells. From the alloying and particle size effects, it is found that both strength of O$$_{2}$$/H$$_{2}$$O adsorption and their cooperative effect upon coadsorption are responsible for the specific activity of Pt catalysts.

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