Title: Kinetic Study of CO Desorption from PtRu/C PEM Fuel Cell Anodes - Temperature Dependence and Associated Microstructural Transformations
Authors: PITOIS AurelienDAVIES JonPILENGA AlbertoPFRANG AndreasTSOTRIDIS Georgios
Citation: JOURNAL OF CATALYSIS no. 265 p. 199-208
Publication Year: 2009
JRC N°: JRC50049
ISSN: 0021-9517
URI: http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jcat
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcat.2009.05.004
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The temperature dependence of the CO desorption process on a carbon supported platinum-ruthenium alloy catalyst has been investigated using isotopic exchange experiments. The kinetics of CO desorption on PtRu/C catalyst have been studied as a function of temperature and flow rate. Desorption rate constants have been determined for a temperature range between 25°C and 150°C. All PtRu/C results have been compared with those obtained for the Pt/C catalyst under similar experimental conditions. Quite different desorption rate constants have been observed. The variation in apparent Arrhenius parameters (frequency factor A and activation energy Ea) for PtRu/C and Pt/C could possibly explain their different degrees of poisoning by CO in Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFC) and the underlying adsorption/desorption processes. The effect of temperature treatment on the PtRu/C catalyst properties has also been investigated with respect to CO desorption kinetics and to the associated microstructural transformations.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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