Electro-deposited platinum on activated multiwall carbon nanotubes: Single-cell tests, morphological and electrochemical characterizations

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Abstract

This work is focused on the electro-crystallization of Pt nanostructured particles on activated multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) containing substrate to produce polymer electrolyte fuel cells gas diffusion electrodes. An activation procedure to enhance the reactivity of multiwall carbon nanotubes surface toward electro-deposition has been studied and optimized. Electrochemical single-and multi-pulsed galvanostatic deposition has been applied defining the best operational parameters leading to a highly nanostructured electrode morphology. Electrochemical measurements (in half-cell configuration) and polarization curves in 5 cm2 single-cell station have been carried out together with morphological analysis by means of scanning electron microscopy. Very promising results in term of maximum specific power density values similar or better than those of standard E-TEK electrode, prepared by conventional powder-type chemical technique, have been obtained for deposition of platinum particles on MWCNTs substrate electrodes, despite the extremely low amount of catalyst (up to 3 times lower than that of commercial electrodes).
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event3rd European Fuel Cell Technology and Applications - Piero Lunghi Conference, EFC 2009 - Rome, Italy
Duration: 1 Jan 2009 → …

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Conference3rd European Fuel Cell Technology and Applications - Piero Lunghi Conference, EFC 2009
CountryItaly
CityRome
Period1/1/09 → …

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Cemmi, A., Paoletti, C., Pozio, A., & Serra, E. (2009). Electro-deposited platinum on activated multiwall carbon nanotubes: Single-cell tests, morphological and electrochemical characterizations. Paper presented at 3rd European Fuel Cell Technology and Applications - Piero Lunghi Conference, EFC 2009, Rome, Italy.