Author: Paul, Michael T. Y.
Author: Gates, Byron D.
The porosity and utilization of platinum catalysts have a direct impact on their performance within proton exchange membrane fuel cells. It is desirable to identify methods that can prepare these catalysts with the desired features, and that can be widely implemented using existing and industrially scalable techniques. Through the use of electrodeposition processes, fuel cell testing, and electron microscopy analyses before and after fuel cell testing, we report the preparation and performance of mesoporous platinum catalysts for proton exchange membrane fuel cells. We found that these mesoporous platinum catalysts can be prepared in sufficient quantities through techniques that also enable their direct incorporation into membrane electrode assemblies. We also determined that the mesoporous catalysts achieved a high porosity, which was retained after assembly and utilization within fuel cells. In addition, these mesoporous platinum catalysts exhibited an improved platinum mass specific power over catalysts prepared from commercially available platinum nanocatalysts.
Paul, M., & Gates, B. D. (2019). Mesoporous Platinum Prepared by Electrodeposition for Ultralow Loading Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells. Scientific reports, 9(1), 4161. doi:10.1038/s41598-019-38855-6. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-38855-6
Mesoporous Platinum Prepared by Electrodeposition for Ultralow Loading Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells
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