Recent Advances on Electrocatalysts for PEM and AEM Fuel Cells



Herein, the general concepts of low-temperature fuel cells (LTFCs) are discussed, with special attention to proton exchange fuel cell (PEMFC) and anion exchange membrane fuel cell (AEMFC). LTFC has the potential to provide power to portable devices, transportation, and stationary sectors. With the aim to solve the principal catalytic problems at the anode and at the cathode of LTFCs, a fundamental study of the mechanism and kinetics of carbon monoxide and hydrogen oxidation as well as oxygen reduction on well-defined and practical catalysts in acidic and alkaline media is discussed. Consequently, the aim of the present work is not only to provide the new advances in the catalytic materials but also to understand the reactions occurring at fuel cell catalysts, which may help to improve the fabrication of novel electrodes in order to decrease the cost and to enhance the performance of LTFCs.


PEMFC AEMFC Catalyst Electrocatalysis Catalyst support Active site Stability Degradation HER ORR CO Kinetic Pt Pd Metal alloys Metal oxides Metal carbides Metal nitrides Core-shell Nanoparticle 



The Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) has supported this work under project ENE2014-52158-C2-2R (cofunded by FEDER). G.G. acknowledges the Viera y Clavijo program (ACIISI & ULL) for financial support.


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  1. 1.Physical Chemistry Department, Faculty of ChemistryUniversity of Santiago de CompostelaSantiago de CompostelaSpain
  2. 2.Instituto de Carboquímica (CSIC)ZaragozaSpain
  3. 3.Instituto de Materiales y Nanotecnología, Departamento de Química, Universidad de La LagunaSanta Cruz de TenerifeSpain

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