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Direct methanol fuel cells using thermally catalysed Ti mesh

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Chan Lim, Emeritus Professor Keith Scott, Ruth Allen, Professor Sudipta Roy


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Characterisation of a direct methanol fuel cell using an anode fabricated by thermal decomposition from Pt-Ru chloro-complex on Ti mesh is described. The polarisation characteristic of the resultant membrane electrode assembly is compared with that of a conventional MEA with an anode, consisting of a catalyst layer, a microporous layer and a wet-proof-treated carbon paper. Electrode characterisation was carried out using XRD, SEM and EDX analyses. In 1 M methanol solution, the MEA with the catalysed Ti mesh anode gave a power performance comparable with that of the conventional anode at 90°C. However, in 0.5 M methanol solution the former showed much higher power density than the latter, indicating high utilisation of methanol fuel.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Lim C, Scott K, Allen RG, Roy S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Applied Electrochemistry

Year: 2004

Volume: 34

Issue: 9

Pages: 929-933

ISSN (print): 0021-891X

ISSN (electronic): 1572-8838

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1023/B:JACH.0000040497.03256.36


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