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Bacterial nanocellulose as green support of platinum nanoparticles for effective methanol oxidation

Marijana Ponjavic; Sanja Stevanovic; Jasmina Nikodinovic-Runic; Sanja Jeremic; Vladan R. Cosovic; Vesna Maksimovic

Bacterial nanocellulose, BNC, has emerged as a new class of nanomaterials recognized as renewable, biodegradable, biocompatible and material for versatile applications. BNC also proved as a perfect support matrix for metallic nanoparticle synthesis and appeared as suitable alternative for widely used carbon based materials. Following the idea to replace commonly used carbon based materials for platinum supports with the green and sustainable one, BNC appeared as an excellent candidate. Herein, microwave assisted synthesis has been reported for the first time for platinum nanoparticles supported on BNC as green material. Bacterial nanocelullose- platinum catalyst, Pt/BNC, was investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray diffractometry (XRD) and transmission-electron microscopy (TEM) analysis. The obtained results confirmed successful synthesis of new Pt-based catalyst. It was found that Pt/BNC catalyst has high electrocatalytic performance in methanol oxidation reaction. Green/sustainable catalytic system is highly desirable and provided by the elegant microwave assisted synthesis of Pt/BNC will pave the way for a larger scale application and expedite the market penetration of such fuel cells.

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