PtRu/C-Au/TiO2 electrocatalyst for a direct methanol fuel cell

Hyun Jong Kim, Do Young Kim, Haksoo Han, Yong Gun Shul

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Au/TiO2 is added to a PtRu/C electrode to improve the performance of a direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC). A high-throughput-screening test is performed for the fast screening of the loading of Au/TiO2 on PtRu/C. The electrochemically-active surface area of PtRu/C-Au/TiO2 and PtRu/C is determined from cyclic voltammetry. In CO-stripping and methanol oxidation voltammetry, PtRu/C-Au/TiO2 exhibits better activity for CO and methanol oxidation than PtRu/C. The performance of the DMFC is also improved by addition of Au/TiO2 to the PtRu/C electrode. The CO adsorbed on Pt may move to the surface of the Au/TiO2 by the interaction between PtRu/C and Au/TiO2. The improved performance of the PtRu/C-Au/TiO2 catalyst is explained in terms of preferential oxidation of CO or CO-like poisoning species that are generated during the oxidation of methanol on PtRu/C.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)484-490
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Power Sources
Issue number1 SPEC. ISS.
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Sept 13

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Korea through the National Research Laboratory Program, as well as by a Korea Research Foundation Grant (2005-005-J01402).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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