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Investigation of a Pt–Fe/C catalyst for oxygen reduction reaction in direct ethanol fuel cells

Castro Luna, A. M. and Bonesi, A. and Triaca, W. E. and Blasi, A. and Stassi, A. and Baglio, V. and Antonucci, V. and Aricò, A. S. (2009) Investigation of a Pt–Fe/C catalyst for oxygen reduction reaction in direct ethanol fuel cells. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 12 (1). pp. 357-365. ISSN 1388-0764 (Print) 1572-896X (Online)

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Three cathode catalysts (60% Pt/C, 30% Pt/C and 60% Pt–Fe/C), with a particle size of about 2–3 nm, were prepared to investigate the effect of ethanol cross-over on cathode surfaces. All samples were studied in terms of structure and morphology by using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analyses. Their electrocatalytic behavior in terms of oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) was investigated and compared using a rotating disk electrode (RDE). The tolerance of cathode catalysts in the presence of ethanol was evaluated. The Pt–Fe/C catalyst showed both higher ORR activity and tolerance to ethanol cross-over than Pt/C catalysts. Moreover, the more promising catalysts were tested in 5 cm2 DEFC single cells at 60 and 80 °C. An improvement in single cell performance was observed in the presence of the Pt–Fe catalyst, due to an enhancement in the oxygen reduction kinetics. The maximum power density was 53 mW cm−2 at 2 bar rel. cathode pressure and 80 °C.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Direct ethanol fuel cells - Oxygen reduction reaction - Ethanol tolerance - Pt–Fe/C catalyst - Pt/C catalyst - Nanoparticles - Energy conversion
Subjects:Technology > Nanotechnology and energy applications
Material Science > Nanostructured materials
Material Science > Nanochemistry
ID Code:8108
Deposited By:IoN
Deposited On:12 Mar 2010 16:21
Last Modified:12 Mar 2010 16:21

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