Development of durable platinum nanocatalyst on carbon nanotubes for proton exchange membrane fuel cells

J. F. Lin, A. Adame, Arunachala Mada Kannan

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Platinum nanocatalyst on multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) functionalized with citric acid (CA) was synthesized by a two-phase approach to transfer PtCl62- from aqueous to organic phase. Pt-thiol ligand-based Pt/MWCNTs were fabricated with the presence of dodecanethiol (DDT). A homogeneous distribution as well as a uniform particle size of Pt particle was achieved by optimizing the CA and DDT contents. Pt/MWCNTs were examined by a high resolution transmission electron microscope for particle size and distribution. The Pt/MWCNT-based electrodes were characterized by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy for cell resistance and cyclic voltammetry (CV) for durability evaluation using humidified H2 and N2 gases at 80°C. The single-cell fuel cell performance with 0.2 (anode) and 0.4 mg (cathode) Pt cm-2 evaluated using Nafion 212 electrolyte showed a power density of about 1520 mW cm-2 with H 2 and O2 gases. The electrochemically active surface area, as measured by CV between 0.1 and 1.2 V, showed no degradation up to 1500 cycles for Pt/MWCNTs, showing exceptional durability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)B846-B851
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrochemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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