A polymer-coated carbon black-based fuel cell electrocatalyst with high CO-tolerance and durability in direct methanol oxidation

Zehui Yang, Mohamed R. Berber, Naotoshi Nakashima

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The design and fabrication of a highly durable and carbon monoxide (CO) tolerant catalyst for direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs) is highly required since the DMFCs are promising power sources in the near future. Here we describe the finding that a fuel cell catalyst composed of carbon black, poly[2,2′-(2,6-pyridine)-5,5′-bibenzimidazole] and platinum that was coated by a polymer acid, poly(vinylphosphonic acid), shows a high durability and CO tolerance in the methanol oxidation reaction, which has been revealed by electrochemical methods together with a transmission electron microscopy study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18875-18880
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Issue number44
Publication statusPublished - Nov 28 2014


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)

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