Electrochemical carbon corrosion in high temperature proton exchange membrane fuel cells

Hyung Suk Oh, Jin Hee Lee, Hansung Kim

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Electrochemical carbon corrosion occurring in a high temperature proton exchange membrane fuel cell (HT-PEMFC) operating under non-humidification conditions was investigated by measuring CO 2 generation using on-line mass spectrometry and comparing the results with a low-temperature proton exchange membrane fuel cell (LT-PEMFC) operated under fully humidified conditions. The experimental results showed that more CO 2 was measured for the HT-PEMFC, indicating that more electrochemical carbon corrosion occurs in HT-PEMFCs. This observation is attributed to the enhanced kinetics of electrochemical carbon corrosion due to the elevated operating temperature in HT-PEMFCs. Additionally, electrochemical carbon corrosion in HT-PEMFCs showed a strong dependence on water content. Therefore, it is critical to remove the water content in the supply gases to reduce electrochemical carbon corrosion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10844-10849
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jul

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the New & Renewable Energy of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) grant funded by the Korea government Ministry of Knowledge Economy (No. 20093021030021 ) and the Priority Research Centers Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea ( 2009-0093823 ) and the National Research Foundation of Korea ( NRF-2009-C1AAA001-0092926 ) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology .

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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