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Pulsed Laser Deposition of Platinum Nanoparticles as a Catalyst for High-Performance PEM Fuel Cells

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Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei 106, Taiwan
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Department of Physics, National Central University, Taoyuan 320, Taiwan
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Molecular Science and Technology Program, Taiwan International Graduate Program, Academia Sinica, Taipei 115, Taiwan
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Central University, Taoyuan 320, Taiwan
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Academic Editors: Vincenzo Baglio and David Sebastián
Catalysts 2016, 6(11), 180; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal6110180
Received: 29 September 2016 / Revised: 7 November 2016 / Accepted: 17 November 2016 / Published: 22 November 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Catalysis for Low Temperature Fuel Cells)
The catalyst layers for polymer-electrolyte-membrane (PEM) fuel cells were fabricated by deposition of platinum directly onto the gas diffusion layer using pulsed laser deposition (PLD). This technique reduced the number of steps required to synthesize the catalyst layers and the amount of Pt loading required. PEM fuel cells with various Pt loadings for the cathode were investigated. With a cathode Pt loading of 100 μ g·cm 2 , the current density of a single cell reached 1205 mA·cm 2 at 0.6 V, which was close to that of a single cell using an E-TEK (trademark) Pt/C electrode with a cathode Pt loading of 400 μ g·cm 2 . Furthermore, for a PEM fuel cell with both electrodes prepared by PLD and a total anode and cathode Pt loading of 117 μ g·cm 2 , the overall Pt mass-specific power density at 0.6 V reached 7.43 kW·g 1 , which was five times that of a fuel cell with E-TEK Pt/C electrodes. The high mass-specific power density was due to that a very thin nanoporous Pt layer was deposited directly onto the gas diffusion layer, which made good contact with the Nafion membrane and thus resulted in a low-resistance membrane electrode assembly. View Full-Text
Keywords: pulsed laser deposition; polymer-electrolyte-membrane fuel cell; catalyst; nanoparticle pulsed laser deposition; polymer-electrolyte-membrane fuel cell; catalyst; nanoparticle
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Qayyum, H.; Tseng, C.-J.; Huang, T.-W.; Chen, S.-Y. Pulsed Laser Deposition of Platinum Nanoparticles as a Catalyst for High-Performance PEM Fuel Cells. Catalysts 2016, 6, 180.

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