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Laser Chemistry
Volume 2010, Article ID 143684, 7 pages
Research Article

Carbon Monoxide Oxidation on Nanostructured Pt Thin Films Synthesized by Pulsed Laser Deposition: Insights into the Morphology Effects

1INRS-Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications (EMT), Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), 1650 Boulevard Lionel Boulet, Varennes, QC, J3X 1S2, Canada
2Department of Chemistry, University of Montreal, 6128 Centre-Ville, Montreal QC, H3C 3J7, Canada

Received 23 July 2010; Accepted 25 September 2010

Academic Editor: Yoshizumi Kajii

Copyright © 2010 Fatma Saidani 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.


Nanostructured Pt thin film catalysts of various morphologies have been synthesized by pulsed laser deposition and studied towards enhancing their tolerance to CO poisoning, a reaction of critical issue to liquid fuel cells. It was discovered that Pt film deposited under 5 Torr of He background pressure showed the highest electroactive surface area and the lowest onset potential of CO oxidation demonstrating an enhancement of the CO poisoning resistance. The reason for such enhanced electrocatalytic activity is ascribed to the high roughness of Pt surface. This study further provides a methodology for the proper design of electrocatalysts that might be considered to be developed by the pulsed laser deposition technique.