Determination of the electrochemically active surface area of Pt/C PEM fuel cell electrodes using different adsorbates

M J Watt-Smith, J M Friedrich, Sean Rigby, T R Ralph, F C Walsh

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Abstract

The characterization of fuel cell electrodes is paramount to the optimum design and performance of fuel cell systems. The specific electrochemical surface area and structural properties of two Pt/C fuel cell electrodes have been determined. Three different electrochemical adsorbates, namely, H 2 (adsorption and desorption), CO and Ag (underpotentially deposited, UPD) have shown that the estimated surface areas and roughness factors vary. These variations were shown to be ca 100% between Ag and H2 adsorption for the high-loaded sample, whilst for the low-loaded sample the difference is ca 30%. The surface areas obtained show that the low-loaded Pt electrode possesses a higher specific surface area than the higher-loaded sample. The results illustrate the importance of using multiple adsorbates to accurately determine and understand the structure of complex, porous fuel cell electrodes.
Original languageEnglish
Article number174004
JournalJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics
Volume41
Issue number17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • Adsorbates
  • Photolithography
  • Cells
  • Fuel cells
  • Fuels
  • Electrochemical properties
  • Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC)
  • Electric batteries
  • Electrodes
  • Cytology
  • Platinum alloys
  • Electrochemistry
  • Electrochemical electrodes

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