Improvement in the diffusion characteristics of low Pt-loaded electrodes for PEFCs

F. Lufrano, E. Passalacqua, G. Squadrito, A. Patti, L. Giorgi

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Low Pt loading electrodes have been obtained by the direct mixing of electrocatalyst and Nafion ionomer (for catalyst layer) and by the introduction of an intermediate hydrophobic carbon layer to optimize gas distribution. The influence of Teflon content in the carbon layer has been studied and an optimum content of 20 wt % has been found. The behaviour of the improved electrodes as a function of temperature (70-95 °C) and gas (H2and air) pressure (1-5 bar) has been evaluated in a 50 cm2single cell. In air operation at 5 bar absolute pressure and 95 °C a maximum in the power density of about 450 mW cm-2has been obtained.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)445 - 448
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Applied Electrochemistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Electrochemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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