Effect of water electrolysis catalysts on carbon corrosion in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells

Sang Eun Jang, Hansung Kim

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Abstract

A new approach to preventing electrochemical carbon corrosion in the cathode of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) was developed. The addition of 2 wt % IrO2 (0.016 mg cm-2) to the catalyst layer of the cathode was demonstrated to reduce the electrochemical corrosion of carbon by 76% at 1.6 VNHE and 70 °C compared with a commercial Pt/C catalyst of the same Pt loading of 0.4 mg cm-2 and under the same test conditions. The IrO2 was shown to behave as a catalyst for water electrolysis, thereby removing water from the catalyst layer, which promoted electrochemical carbon corrosion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14700-14701
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume132
Issue number42
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Oct 27

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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