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A non-precious metal bifunctional oxygen electrode for alkaline anion exchange membrane cells

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Xu Wu, Emeritus Professor Keith Scott


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An initial study of a non-precious metal based bifunctional oxygen electrode for use in regenerative fuel cells with alkaline anion exchange membranes is described. Four nanometer size CuxMn0.9-xCo2.1O4 samples (x = 0, 0.3, 0.6, and 0.9) were prepared and characterized with XRD, SEM, TEM, and cyclic voltammetry. The CuxMn0.9-xCo2.1O4 samples exhibited promising ORR and OER catalytic activities. The gap between ORR half wave potentials of Pt/C and CuxMn0.9-xCo2.1O4 in 1 M KOH achieved only 50 mV. The onset potentials for OER on CUxMn0.9-xCO2.1O4 catalysts were more than 100 mV more negative than Pt/C in 1 M KOH. MEA with CuxMn0.9-xCO2.1O4 bifunctional oxygen electrode was prepared with CCM method and applied in a laboratory scale regenerative fuel cell. In fuel cell mode the peak power density was over 80 mW cm(-2) and in electrolyser mode the onset voltage was about 1.55 V. The fuel cell to electrolyser voltage ration at 100 mA cm(-2) achieved c.a. 31.87%. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Wu X, Scott K

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Power Sources

Year: 2012

Volume: 206

Pages: 14-19

Print publication date: 02/02/2012

ISSN (print): 0378-7753

ISSN (electronic): 1873-2755

Publisher: Elsevier SA


DOI: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2011.12.052


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