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Synthesis and Evaluation of Highly Tolerant Pd Electrocatalysts as Cathodes in Direct Ethylene Glycol Fuel Cells (DEGFC)

F. Javier Rodríguez Varela, Sergio Luna and Oumarou Savadogo

Article (2009)

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Cite this document: Rodríguez Varela, F. J., Luna, S. & Savadogo, O. (2009). Synthesis and Evaluation of Highly Tolerant Pd Electrocatalysts as Cathodes in Direct Ethylene Glycol Fuel Cells (DEGFC). Energies, 2(4), p. 944-956. doi:10.3390/en20400944
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Highly selective Pd electrocatalysts were synthesized by the formic acid (FA) method and evaluated as cathodes for DEGFC applications. In rotating disc measurements in acid medium, the Pd/C cathode showed important catalytic activity for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction (ORR). In the presence of ethylene glycol (EG, C(2)H(6)O(2)), Pd/C exhibited a noteworthy electrochemical behavior and full tolerance to the organic molecule. No current density peaks associated to the EG oxidation reaction emerged and the shift in onset potential for the ORR (E(onset)) toward more negative potentials was negligible on this cathode. As a comparison, commercial Pt/C was tested under the same conditions showing a poor selectivity for the ORR when EG was present. The detrimental effect of EG on the Pt electrocatalysts resulted in high intensity current density peaks due to the oxidation of EG and a significant shift in E(onset). The evaluation of Pd/C in a DEGFC operating at 80 degrees C demonstrated its good performance as cathode material. Given these results, it is expected that highly efficient Pd-based cathodes can find application in DEGFCs.

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Pd-based cathodes; T; Pd-based cathodes; oxygen reduction reaction; tolerance to organic molecules; ethylene glycol as fuel; direct ethylene glycol fuel cells; ethylene glycol as fuel; tolerance to organic molecules; DOAJ:Technology and Engineering; oxygen reduction reaction; direct ethylene glycol fuel cells; DOAJ:Chemical Technology; Chemical technology; TP1-1185; Technology

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Subjects: 1800 Génie chimique > 1800 Génie chimique
2300 Combustibles et technologie de l'énergie > 2303 Autres sources d'énergie (combustibles solaire, éolien, etc.)
Department: Département de génie chimique
Research Center: Autre
Funders: National Council for Science and Technology
Grant number: 52024
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2018 10:52
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2018 01:20
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/3393/
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Journal Title: Energies (vol. 2, no. 4)
Publisher: MDPI
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/en20400944


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