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Performance of a direct methanol alkaline membrane fuel cell

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Keith Scott, Professor Eileen Yu, Georgis Vlachogiannopoulos, Mahesh Shivhare, Dr Narcis Duteanu


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A study of a direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) operating with hydroxide ion conducting membranes is reported. Evaluation of the fuel cell was performed using membrane electrode assemblies incorporating carbon-supported platinum/ruthenium anode and platinum cathode catalysts and ADP alkaline membranes. Catalyst loadings used were 1 mg cm-2 Pt for both anode and cathode. The effect of temperature, oxidant (air or oxygen) and methanol concentration on cell performance is reported. The cell achieved a power density of 16 mW cm-2, at 60 °C using oxygen. The performance under near ambient conditions with air gave a peak power density of approximately 6 mW cm-2. © 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Scott K, Yu E, Vlachogiannopoulos G, Shivare M, Duteanu N

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Power Sources

Year: 2008

Volume: 175

Issue: 1

Pages: 452-457

ISSN (print): 0378-7753

ISSN (electronic): 1873-2755

Publisher: Elsevier SA


DOI: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2007.09.027


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