Skip to Content
Find More Like This
Return to Search

Platinum- and Platinum Alloy-Coated Palladium and Palladium Alloy Particles and Uses Thereof

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Contact BNL About This Technology

	Schematic cross-section of a palladium nanoparticle coated with a monolayer of platinum</p>

Schematic cross-section of a palladium nanoparticle coated with a monolayer of platinum

Technology Marketing Summary

Platinum is an excellent catalyst for many reactions. However, it is also very expensive. The catalytic activity per gram of platinum can be increased by using a particle composite consisting of an atomically thin layer of the metal on a palladium alloy particle. When used as an electrocatalyst for the oxygen reduction reaction, this structure exhibits up to twenty times the platinum mass catalytic activity of commercially available platinum/carbon electrocatalysts. These structures can be used in fuel cells and other electrocatalytic or heterogeneous catalytic applications.


A particle composite is made of a palladium alloy particle coated with an atomically thin layer of platinum. The layer may be a sub-monolayer up to about three monolayers thick. The palladium alloy may be homogeneous or heterogeneous. The mass catalytic activity for platinum in these composites for electrocatalysis of the oxygen reduction reaction is about 0.57 A/mg at 0.9 V. Stability in a fuel cell environment has been demonstrated for more than 3,000 hours. After 100,000 cycles the reactivity is reduced by only about 37%.


The platinum/palladium alloy particle composite offers high catalytic activity at lower cost than bulk platinum/carbon catalysts.

Applications and Industries

Fuel cell catalysts; replacement for platinum/carbon catalysts and electrocatalysts; heterogeneous catalysis.

More Information

Sasaki, et al., “Core-Protected Platinum Monolayer Shell High-Stability Electrocatalysts for Fuel-Cell Cathodes,” Angewandte Chemie Intl. Ed. 49, 8602 (2010)

Press Release

Patents and Patent Applications
ID Number
Title and Abstract
Primary Lab
Patent 7,691,780
Platinum- and platinum alloy-coated palladium and palladium alloy particles and uses thereof
The present invention relates to particle and nanoparticle composites useful as oxygen-reduction electrocatalysts. The particle composites are composed of a palladium or palladium-alloy particle or nanoparticle substrate coated with an atomic submonolayer, monolayer, bilayer, or trilayer of zerovalent platinum atoms. The invention also relates to a catalyst and a fuel cell containing the particle or nanoparticle composites of the invention. The invention additionally includes methods for oxygen reduction and production of electrical energy by using the particle and nanoparticle composites of the invention.
Brookhaven National Laboratory 04/06/2010
Technology Status
Technology IDDevelopment StageAvailabilityPublishedLast Updated
BSA 04-27PrototypeAvailable04/01/201107/02/2012

Contact BNL About This Technology

To: Poornima Upadhya<>