Postdoc Fellow of Leopoldina (German National Academy of Sciences)

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  • Nanocomposite Concept for Electrochemical In Situ Preparation of Pt-Au Alloy Nanoparticles for Formic Acid Oxidation JACS AU Du, J., Quinson, J., Zhang, D., Wang, B., Wiberg, G. H., Pittkowski, R. K., Schroeder, J., Simonsen, S. B., Kirkensgaard, J. K., Li, Y., Reichenberger, S., Barcikowski, S., Jensen, K., Arenz, M. 2022; 2 (7): 1757-1768


    Herein, we report a straightforward approach for the in situ preparation of Pt-Au alloy nanoparticles from Pt + xAu/C nanocomposites using monometallic colloidal nanoparticles as starting blocks. Four different compositions with fixed Pt content and varying Pt to Au mass ratios from 1:1 up to 1:7 were prepared as formic acid oxidation reaction (FAOR) catalysts. The study was carried out in a gas diffusion electrode (GDE) setup. It is shown that the presence of Au in the nanocomposites substantially improves the FAOR activity with respect to pure Pt/C, which serves as a reference. The nanocomposite with a mass ratio of 1:5 between Pt and Au displays the best performance during potentiodynamic tests, with the electro-oxidation rates, overpotential, and poisoning resistance being improved simultaneously. By comparison, too low or too high Au contributions in the nanocomposites lead to an unbalanced performance in the FAOR. The combination of operando small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) elemental mapping, and wide-angle X-ray scattering (WAXS) reveals that for the nanocomposite with a 1:5 mass ratio, a conversion between Pt and Au from separate nanoparticles to alloy nanoparticles occurs during continuous potential cycling in formic acid. By comparison, the nanocomposites with lower Au contents, for example, 1:2, exhibit less in situ alloying, and the concomitant performance improvement is less pronounced. On applying identical location transmission electron microscopy (IL-TEM), it is revealed that the in situ alloying is due to Pt dissolution and re-deposition onto Au as well as Pt migration and coalescence with Au nanoparticles.

    View details for DOI 10.1021/jacsau.2c00335

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  • Tracking the Catalyst Layer Depth-Dependent Electrochemical Degradation of a Bimodal Pt/C Fuel Cell Catalyst: A Combined Operando Small- and Wide-Angle X-ray Scattering Study ACS CATALYSIS Schroeder, J., Pittkowski, R. K., Martens, I., Chattot, R., Drnec, J., Quinson, J., Kirkensgaard, J. K., Arenz, M. 2022; 12 (3): 2077-2085
  • Anion Dependent Particle Size Control of Platinum Nanoparticles Synthesized in Ethylene Glycol NANOMATERIALS Schroeder, J., Neumann, S., Quinson, J., Arenz, M., Kunz, S. 2021; 11 (8)


    The polyol synthesis is a well-established method to form so-called "surfactant-free" nanoparticles (NPs). In the present study, the NP size resulting from the thermal reduction of the precursors H2PtCl6, H2Pt(OH)6, or Pt(acac)2 in presence of the bases NaOH or Na(acac) at different concentrations is studied. It is shown that the size control depends more strongly on the nature of the precursor (metal salt) than on the anion present in the base. The latter is surprising as the concentration of the base anion is often an important factor to achieve a size control. The reduction of H2PtCl6 or H2Pt(OH)6 in presence of NaOH and Na(acac) confirm the observation that the NP size is determined by the OH-/Pt molar ratio and expands it to the base anion/Pt molar ratio. In contrast, the reduction of Pt(acac)2 in presence of the bases NaOH (previous reports) or Na(acac) (shown in the present work) leads to larger NPs of ca. 3 nm, independent of the concentration of the base anions. Hence, the anion effect observed here seems to originate predominantly from the nature of the precursor (precursor anion dependence) and only for certain precursors as H2PtCl6 or H2Pt(OH)6 the size control depends on the base anion/Pt molar ratio.

    View details for DOI 10.3390/nano11082092

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  • Surfactant-free colloidal strategies for highly dispersed and active supported IrO2 catalysts: Synthesis and performance evaluation for the oxygen evolution reaction JOURNAL OF CATALYSIS Bizzotto, F., Quinson, J., Schroder, J., Zana, A., Arenz, M. 2021; 401: 54-62
  • Operando SAXS study of a Pt/C fuel cell catalyst with an X-ray laboratory source JOURNAL OF PHYSICS D-APPLIED PHYSICS Schroeder, J., Quinson, J., Kirkensgaard, J. K., Arenz, M. 2021; 54 (29)
  • Insights from In Situ Studies on the Early Stages of Platinum Nanoparticle Formation JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LETTERS Mathiesen, J. K., Quinson, J., Dworzak, A., Vosch, T., Juelsholt, M., Kjaer, E. S., Schroeder, J., Kirkensgaard, J. K., Oezaslan, M., Arenz, M., Jensen, K. O. 2021; 12 (12): 3224-3231


    Understanding the formation of nanomaterials down to the atomic level is key to rational design of advanced materials. Despite their widespread use and intensive study over the years, the detailed formation mechanism of platinum (Pt) nanoparticles remains challenging to explore and rationalize. Here, various in situ characterization techniques, and in particular X-ray total scattering with pair distribution function (PDF) analysis, are used to follow the structural and chemical changes taking place during a surfactant-free synthesis of Pt nanoparticles in alkaline methanol. Polynuclear structures form at the beginning of the synthesis, and Pt-Pt pair distances are identified before any nanoparticles are generated. The structural motifs best describing the species formed change with time, e.g., from [PtCl5-PtCl5] and [PtCl6-Pt2Cl6-PtCl6] to [Pt2Cl10-Pt3Cl8-Pt2Cl10]. The formation of these polynuclear structures with Pt-Pt coordination before the formation of the nanoparticles is suggested to account for the fast nucleation observed in the synthesis.

    View details for DOI 10.1021/acs.jpclett.1c00241

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  • The Gas Diffusion Electrode Setup as Straightforward Testing Device for Proton Exchange Membrane Water Electrolyzer Catalysts JACS AU Schroder, J., Mints, V. A., Bornet, A., Berner, E., Tovini, M., Quinson, J., Wiberg, G. H., Bizzotto, F., El-Sayed, H. A., Arenz, M. 2021; 1 (3): 247-251


    Hydrogen production from renewable resources and its reconversion into electricity are two important pillars toward a more sustainable energy use. The efficiency and viability of these technologies heavily rely on active and stable electrocatalysts. Basic research to develop superior electrocatalysts is commonly performed in conventional electrochemical setups such as a rotating disk electrode (RDE) configuration or H-type electrochemical cells. These experiments are easy to set up; however, there is a large gap to real electrochemical conversion devices such as fuel cells or electrolyzers. To close this gap, gas diffusion electrode (GDE) setups were recently presented as a straightforward technique for testing fuel cell catalysts under more realistic conditions. Here, we demonstrate for the first time a GDE setup for measuring the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) of catalysts for proton exchange membrane water electrolyzers (PEMWEs). Using a commercially available benchmark IrO2 catalyst deposited on a carbon gas diffusion layer (GDL), it is shown that key parameters such as the OER mass activity, the activation energy, and even reasonable estimates of the exchange current density can be extracted in a realistic range of catalyst loadings for PEMWEs. It is furthermore shown that the carbon-based GDL is not only suitable for activity determination but also short-term stability testing. Alternatively, the GDL can be replaced by Ti-based porous transport layers (PTLs) typically used in commercial PEMWEs. Here a simple preparation is shown involving the hot-pressing of a Nafion membrane onto a drop-cast glycerol-based ink on a Ti-PTL.

    View details for DOI 10.1021/jacsau.1c00015

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  • Carbon-Supported Platinum Electrocatalysts Probed in a Gas Diffusion Setup with Alkaline Environment: How Particle Size and Mesoscopic Environment Influence the Degradation Mechanism ACS CATALYSIS Alinejad, S., Quinson, J., Schroder, J., Kirkensgaard, J. K., Arenz, M. 2020; 10 (21): 13040-13049
  • A New Approach to Probe the Degradation of Fuel Cell Catalysts under Realistic Conditions: Combining Tests in a Gas Diffusion Electrode Setup with Small Angle X-ray Scattering JOURNAL OF THE ELECTROCHEMICAL SOCIETY Schroeder, J., Quinson, J., Mathiesen, J. K., Kirkensgaard, J. K., Alinejad, S., Mints, V. A., Jensen, K. O., Arenz, M. 2020; 167 (13)
  • Teaching old precursors new tricks: Fast room temperature synthesis of surfactant-free colloidal platinum nanoparticles JOURNAL OF COLLOID AND INTERFACE SCIENCE Quinson, J., Mathiesen, J. K., Schroder, J., Dworzak, A., Bizzotto, F., Zana, A., Simonsen, S. B., Kuhn, L., Oezaslan, M., Jensen, K. O., Arenz, M. 2020; 577: 319-328


    A fast, simple, instrument-free room temperature synthesis of stable electroactive surfactant-free colloidal Pt nanoparticles in alkaline methanol and methanol-water mixtures is presented. Pair distribution function (PDF) analysis suggests that methoxy substitution of chloride ligands from H2PtCl6 occurs in methanol. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) studies and UV-vis measurements show that solutions of H2PtCl6 in methanol age and are reduced to Pt(II) species over time. These species are ideal precursors to significantly reduce the induction period typically observed in colloidal Pt nanoparticle syntheses as well as the temperature needed to form nanoparticles. The room temperature synthesis presented here allows designing simple in situ studies of the nanoparticle formation. In situ infra-red spectroscopy gives insight into the formation and stabilization mechanism of surfactant-free nanoparticles by CO surface groups. Finally, the surfactant-free nanoparticles ca. 2-3 nm in diameter obtained are shown to be readily active electrocatalysts e.g. for methanol oxidation. The synthesis approach presented bears several advantages to design new studies and new syntheses of surfactant-free colloidal nanomaterials.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jcis.2020.05.078

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  • Visible-Light-Induced Synthesis of " Surfactant-Free" Pt Nanoparticles in Ethylene Glycol as a Synthetic Approach for Mechanistic Studies on Nanoparticle Formation JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C Schroder, J., Neumann, S., Kunz, S. 2020; 124 (39): 21798-21809
  • UV-induced syntheses of surfactant-free precious metal nanoparticles in alkaline methanol and ethanol NANOSCALE ADVANCES Quinson, J., Kacenauskaite, L., Schroeder, J., Simonsen, S. B., Theil Kuhn, L., Vosch, T., Arenz, M. 2020; 2 (6): 2288-2292

    View details for DOI 10.1039/d0na00218f

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  • Testing fuel cell catalysts under more realistic reaction conditions: accelerated stress tests in a gas diffusion electrode setup JOURNAL OF PHYSICS-ENERGY Alinejad, S., Inaba, M., Schroder, J., Du, J., Quinson, J., Zana, A., Arenz, M. 2020; 2 (2)
  • Halide-Induced Leaching of Pt Nanoparticles - Manipulation of Particle Size by Controlled Ostwald Ripening CHEMNANOMAT Neumann, S., Schroeder, J., Bizzotto, F., Arenz, M., Dworzak, A., Oezaslan, M., Baeumer, M., Kunz, S. 2019; 5 (4): 462-471
  • Direct synthesis of H2O2 on PdZn nanoparticles: The impact of electronic modifications and heterogeneity of active sites JOURNAL OF CATALYSIS Wilson, N. M., Schroeder, J., Priyadarshini, P., Bregante, D. T., Kunz, S., Flaherty, D. W. 2018; 368: 261-274