Radiation effects on platinum nanostructured electrocatalysts for polymer electrolyte fuel cells

A. Cemmi, C. Paoletti, A. Pozio, S. Baccaro, L. Giorgi, E. Serra

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Abstract

Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells (PEFCs) offer low weight and high power density and are being considered for automotive and stationary power production besides space and electronic applications. In this work, gamma radiation effects on carbon materials (carbon powder and multi walled carbon nanotubes) used as substrates in PEFCs electrodes, were studied. The enhancing of free radicals formation (especially on carbon powder) was observed and studied by EPR spectroscopy. This evidence leads to a significant activation of carbon materials because paramagnetic sites represent the preferential position for platinum electrocatalyst nucleation. Galvanostatic techniques were applied to deposits platinum nanoparticles on carbon substrates while FEG-SEM characterization and cyclic voltammetry (CV) were carried out to study the morphology and the electrochemical performances of PEFCs electrodes.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventInternational Conference on Advanced Technology and Particle Physics, ICATPP 2007 - , Italy
Duration: 1 Jan 2008 → …

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Advanced Technology and Particle Physics, ICATPP 2007
CountryItaly
Period1/1/08 → …

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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Cemmi, A., Paoletti, C., Pozio, A., Baccaro, S., Giorgi, L., & Serra, E. (2008). Radiation effects on platinum nanostructured electrocatalysts for polymer electrolyte fuel cells. Paper presented at International Conference on Advanced Technology and Particle Physics, ICATPP 2007, Italy.