Nano-electrocatalyst materials for low temperature fuel cells: A review

K. Vignarooban, J. Lin, A. Arvay, S. Kolli, I. Kruusenberg, K. Tammeveski, L. Munukutla, Arunachala Mada Kannan

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Low temperature fuel cells are an attractive technology for transportation and residential applications due to their quick start up and shut down capabilities. This review analyzed the current status of nanocatalysts for proton exchange membrane fuel cells and alkaline membrane fuel cells. The preparation process influences the performance of the nanocatalyst. Several synthesis methods are covered for noble and non-noble metal catalysts on various catalyst supports including carbon nanotubes, carbon nanofibers, nanowires, and graphenes. Ex situ and in situ characterization methods like scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and fuel cell testing of the nanocatalysts on various supports for both proton exchange and alkaline membrane fuel cells are discussed. The accelerated durability estimate of the nanocatalysts, predicted by measuring changes in the electrochemically active surface area using a voltage cycling method, is considered one of the most reliable and valuable method for establishing durability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)458-472
Number of pages15
JournalCuihua Xuebao/Chinese Journal of Catalysis
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 20 2015


  • Catalyst support material
  • Low temperature fuel cells
  • Nanocatalyst
  • Synthesis method

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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