One-Pot Synthesis of Dealloyed AuNi Nanodendrite as a Bifunctional Electrocatalyst for Oxygen Reduction and Borohydride Oxidation Reaction

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  • Northwestern Polytechnical University
  • Xidian University


A novel one-pot approach for synthesizing the dealloyed nanomaterials at room temperature is introduced for the first time. In such a synthetic strategy, applying modulated potentials effectively simplifies the traditional dealloying route, which usually requires additional corrosion process to dissolve nonprecious metals. The dealloyed AuNi nanodendrites (AuNi NDs) with tunable composition and uniformly elemental distribution are well developed by the one-pot strategy. Impressively, the as-synthesized AuNi NDs exhibit a higher electrochemically active area and definite improvements in electrocatalytic activity for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and borohydride oxidation reaction (BOR) compared to the commercial Pt/C. In particular, the AuNi NDs are 81 mV more positive in half-wave potential and about 3.1 times higher in specific activity (at 0.85 V) for the ORR than Pt/C, together with excellent stability and methanol tolerance. The superior BOR activity is highly promising compared to the previously reported catalysts. The unique nanodendritic structure with Au-rich surface and bimetallic electronic effect is the main factor to greatly enhance the bifunctional catalytic performance for the AuNi NDs. Furthermore, such a newly developed facile method is of great significance because it is one of the first examples to effectively engineer dealloyed bimetallic nanostructures via the practical and low-cost route for electrocatalytic applications.


Original languageEnglish
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Early online date10 Apr 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Apr 2017


  • AuNi nanodendrites, Bifunctional activities, Dealloyed nanomaterials, Electronic effects, One-pot approaches