Durable and High-Performance Direct-Methane Fuel Cells with Coke-Tolerant Ceria-Coated Ni Catalysts at Reduced Temperatures

Jin Goo Lee, Ok Sung Jeon, Ho Jung Hwang, Jeongseok Jang, Yeayeon Lee, Sang Hoon Hyun, Yong Gun Shul

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Natural gas constitutes a promising energy source in the intermediate future because of the existing supply infrastructure and ease of storage and transportation. Although a solid oxide fuel cell can directly convert chemical energy stored in the hydrocarbon fuel into electrical energy at high temperatures, carbon formations on the nickel-based anode surfaces cause serious degradation of the long-term performance. Here, we report highly coke-tolerant ceria-coated Ni catalysts for low-temperature direct-methane fuel cells. The catalyst shows the high activity for CO oxidations, which is beneficial to avoid carbon formations induced by CO disproportionation at low temperatures. When the ceria-coated Ni catalysts were applied to the solid oxide fuel cells as a catalyst layer, the cell generates a power output of 1.42 W cm-2 at 610 °C in dry methane and operates over 1000 h at a current density of 1.2 A cm-2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)677-686
Number of pages10
JournalElectrochimica Acta
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Feb 10


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Electrochemistry

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