Metal Carbides in fuel cell Cathode

Belabbes Merzougui, Ahsanulhaq Qurashi, Oki Muraza, Mohammad Qamar

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Moderate-temperature fuel cells are clean power generators for both stationary and mobile applications. In particular, polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMCs) have attracted much attention due to their high gravimetric and volumetric power densities. However, due to their acidic environment, platinum-based nanocatalysts are the only feasible electrocatalyts for such systems. High cost and limited resources of this precious metal hinder the commercialization of PEMFCs. As a result, tremendous efforts are being exerted to either reduce Pt loading or substitute Pt metal with other non-noble metals. In this context, metal carbides have been extensively investigated due to their bifunctional mechanism as a catalyst as well as a catalyst support. Hence, the aim of using metal carbides is to replace carbon support since carbon suffers from corrosion problem and at the same time to reduce a substantial amount of Pt in fuel cell cathode. In this chapter, we have given an overview on metal carbides and their benefits as catalyst support for fuel cell cathode reactions.

Original languageBritish English
Title of host publicationElectrocatalysis in Fuel Cells
Subtitle of host publicationA Non- and Low- Platinum Approach
EditorsMinhua Shao
Number of pages23
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Energy
ISSN (Print)2195-1284
ISSN (Electronic)2195-1292


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