Carbon-free Pt electrocatalysts supported on SnO2 for polymer electrolyte fuel cells

Electrocatalytic activity and durability

F. Takasaki, S. Matsuie, Y. Takabatake, Z. Noda, Akari Hayashi, Yusuke Shiratori, Kohei Ito, Kazunari Sasaki

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Abstract

The use of SnO2 as an alternative electrocatalyst support improves durability against voltage cycling up to a high potential, corresponding to the start-up and shut-down situation of polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEFC) systems. Electrochemical surface area (ECSA) and oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity of Pt electrocatalysts as well as electrical conductivity of the electrocatalyst layers increase by doping of SnO2 with Nb or Sb. The durability tests with voltage cycles between 0.9 and 1.3 V versus reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE) potential have revealed that the Pt electrocatalyst supported on SnO2 (Pt/SnO2) withstands 60,000 voltage cycles while maintaining its ECSA, which corresponds to a lifetime of more than 20 years with respect to the durability against voltage cycling. These results indicate that SnO2-supported carbon-free electrocatalysts can be alternatives to the conventional Pt/C electrocatalyst, as a fundamental solution against carbon support corrosion, to improve PEFC durability.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Volume158
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 31 2011

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Electrocatalysts
Electrolytes
Fuel cells
Polymers
Durability
Carbon
Electric potential
Catalyst supports
Hydrogen
Doping (additives)
Corrosion
Oxygen
Electrodes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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