Significant reductions in total cost of ownership can be realized by engineering PEM fuel cells to run on low-purity hydrogen. One of the main drawbacks of low-purity hydrogen fuels is the carbon monoxide fraction, which poisons platinum electrocatalysts and reduces the power output below useful levels. Platinum-Tungsten oxide catalyst systems have previously shown high levels of CO tolerance during both ex situ and in situ investigations. In this work, we explore the mechanism of enhanced tolerance using in situ electrochemical attenuated total reflection-infrared (ATR-IR) and Raman spectroscopy methods and investigate, using a mixture of Pt/C and WO3 powders, the role of the WV/WVI redox couple in the oxidation of adsorbed CO.
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces|
|Early online date||21 Jul 2020|
|Publication status||Published - 19 Aug 2020|
- carbon monoxide oxidation
- fuel cell
- tungsten trioxide