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Durable Transition-Metal-Carbide-Supported Pt-Ru Anodes for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells

Nishanth, KG and Sridhar, P and Pitchumani, S and Shukla, AK (2012) Durable Transition-Metal-Carbide-Supported Pt-Ru Anodes for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells. In: Fuel Cells, 12 (1). pp. 146-152.

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Abstract

Molybdenum carbide (MoC) and tungsten carbide (WC) are synthesized by direct carbonization method. PtRu catalysts supported on MoC, WC, and Vulcan XC-72R are prepared, and characterized by X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy in conjunction with electrochemistry. Electrochemical activities for the catalysts towards methanol electro-oxidation are studied by cyclic voltammetry. All the electro-catalysts are subjected to accelerated durability test (ADT). The electrochemical activity of carbide-supported electro-catalysts towards methanol electro-oxidation is found to be higher than carbon-supported catalysts before and after ADT. The study suggests that PtRu/MoC and PtRu/WC catalysts are more durable than PtRu/C. Direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs) with PtRu/MoC and PtRu/WC anodes also exhibit higher performance than the DMFC with PtRu/C anode.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to John Wiley and Sons.
Keywords: DMFCs;Durability;Electro-catalyst;Methanol Electro-oxidation; Transition Metal Carbide
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Solid State & Structural Chemistry Unit
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2012 11:12
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2012 11:12
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/44026

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