Functionalization of carbon nanotubes by an ionic-liquid polymer: dispersion of Pt and PtRu nanoparticles on carbon nanotubes and their electrocatalytic oxidation of methanol

Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2009;48(26):4751-4. doi: 10.1002/anie.200900899.


Small beginnings: Metal nanoparticle/CNT nanohybrids are synthesized from carbon nanotubes (CNTs) functionalized with an ionic-liquid polymer. The Pt and PtRu nanoparticles with narrow size distribution (average diameter: (1.3+/-0.4) nm for PtRu, (1.9+/-0.5) nm for Pt) are dispersed uniformly on the CNTs (see images) and show good performance in methanol electrooxidation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Catalysis
  • Ionic Liquids / chemistry*
  • Metal Nanoparticles / chemistry*
  • Methanol / chemistry*
  • Nanotubes, Carbon / chemistry*
  • Nanotubes, Carbon / ultrastructure
  • Oxidation-Reduction
  • Platinum / chemistry*
  • Polymers / chemistry*
  • Ruthenium / chemistry*


  • Ionic Liquids
  • Nanotubes, Carbon
  • Polymers
  • Platinum
  • Ruthenium
  • Methanol