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Abstract

The electrocatalytic properties of nanoparticles depend on their size, shape and composition. These properties are typically probed by measuring the total electrocatalytic reaction current of a large number of nanoparticles, but this approach is time-consuming and can only measure the average catalytic activity of the nanoparticles under study. However, the identification of new catalysts requires the ability to rapidly measure the properties of nanoparticles synthesized under various conditions and, ideally, to measure the electrocatalytic activity of individual nanoparticles. Here, we show that a plasmonic-based electrochemical current-imaging technique can simultaneously image and quantify the electrocatalytic reactions of an array of 1.6 × 10 5 platinum nanoparticles printed on an electrode surface, which could facilitate high-throughput screening of the catalytic activities of nanoparticles. We also show that the approach can be used to image the electrocatalytic reaction current and measure the cyclic voltammograms of single nanoparticles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)668-672
Number of pages5
JournalNature nanotechnology
Volume7
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 26 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Shan, X., Díez-Pérez, I., Wang, L., Wiktor, P., Gu, Y., Zhang, L., Wang, W., Lu, J., Wang, S., Gong, Q., Li, J., & Tao, N. (2012). Imaging the electrocatalytic activity of single nanoparticles. Nature nanotechnology, 7(10), 668-672. https://doi.org/10.1038/nnano.2012.134