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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 275197, 9 pages
Research Article

Platinum(0)-1,3-divinyl-1,1,3,3-tetramethyldisiloxane Complex as a Pt Source for Pt/SnO2 Catalyst

1Institute of Non-Ferrous Metals Division in Poznan, Central Laboratory of Batteries and Cells, 12 Forteczna Street, 61-362 Poznan, Poland
2Poznan Science and Technology Park of Adam Mickiewicz University Foundation, 46 Rubiez Street, 61-612 Poznan, Poland
3Centre of Advanced Technologies Adam Mickiewicz University, 6 Grunwaldzka Street, 60-780 Poznan, Poland

Received 10 January 2014; Revised 13 March 2014; Accepted 27 March 2014; Published 27 April 2014

Academic Editor: Sylwia Mozia

Copyright © 2014 Agnieszka Martyla et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper presents new preparation method of Pt/SnO2, an important catalytic system. Besides of its application as a heterogenic industrial catalyst, it is also used as a catalyst in electrochemical processes, especially in fuel cells. Platinum is commonly used as an anode catalyst in low temperature fuel cells, fuelled with alcohols of low molecular weight such as methanol. Platinum(0)-1,3-divinyl-1,1,3,3-tetramethyldisiloxane complex was used as a precursor of metallic phase. The aim of the research was to obtain a highly active in electrochemical system Pt/SnO2 catalyst with low metal load. Considering small size of Pt crystallites, it should result in high activity of Pt/SnO2 system. The presented method of SnO2 synthesis allows for obtaining support consisting of nanoparticles. The effect of the thermal treatment on activity of Pt/SnO2 gel was demonstrated. The system properties were investigated using TEM, FTIR (ATR), and XRD techniques to describe its thermal structural evolution. The results showed two electrocatalytical activity peaks for drying at a temperature of 430 K and above 650 K.