PtCo@NCNTs cathode catalyst using ZIF-67 for proton exchange membrane fuel cell

X. Shi, N. Iqbal, S. S. Kunwar, G. Wahab, H. A. Kasat, Arunachala Mada Kannan

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

39 Scopus citations


Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks (ZIF) is one of the potential candidates as highly conducting networks with large surface area with a possibility to be used as catalyst support for low temperature fuel cells. In the present study, highly active state-of-the-art PtCo@NCNTs (Nitrogen Doped Carbon Nanotube) catalyst was synthesized by pyrolyzing ZIF-67 along with Pt precursor under flowing ArH2 atmosphere. The multi-walled NCNTs were densely grown on the surface of ZIF particles after pyrolysis. The high resolution TEM examination was employed to examine the nature of the PtCo particles as well as multi-walled NCNTs. Rotating disk electrode study was used for measuring oxygen reduction reaction performance for PtCo@NCNTs in 0.1 M HClO4 and compared with commercial Pt/C catalyst. Fuel cell performance with PtCo@NCNT and commercial Pt/C catalysts was evaluated at 70 °C using Nafion-212 electrolyte using H2 and O2 gases (100% RH) and the observed peak power density of 630 and 560 mW cm-2, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
StateAccepted/In press - 2017


  • Membrane-electrodes assembly
  • Nitrogen doped carbon nanotube
  • ORR electrocatalyst
  • PEM fuel cell
  • ZIF-67

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


Dive into the research topics of 'PtCo@NCNTs cathode catalyst using ZIF-67 for proton exchange membrane fuel cell'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this