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Modeling of Catalyst Structure Degradation in PEM Fuel Cells

  • Jeremy P. Meyers
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Part of the Modern Aspects of Electrochemistry book series (MAOE, volume 43)

Abstract

In this chapter, the requirements of a high-performance catalyst layer are examined in order to understand the ways in which the structure might degrade with operation. The formation of oxide species on the surface of the platinum is examined to understand its role in both oxygen reduction and in setting the equilibrium state of the surface as a function of both pH and potential. Models of dissolution of platinum and subsequent migration through the cell are reviewed, along with an analysis of experimental studies aimed at determining the evolution of particle-size distributions with operation of a fuel cell. The mechanism of corrosion of the carbon supports is also examined, specifically under off-design points such as cell reveral and localized fuel starvation. Implications for material development and future modeling needs are reviewed.

Keywords

Fuel Cell Oxygen Reduction Reaction Catalyst Layer Carbon Support Platinum Catalyst 
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  • Jeremy P. Meyers
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  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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