Performance optimization of PGM and PGM-free catalysts in anion-exchange membrane fuel cells

John C. Douglin, Ramesh K. Singh*, Eliran R. Hamo, Mohamad B. Hassine, Paulo J. Ferreira, Brian A. Rosen, Hamish A. Miller, Gadi Rothenberg, Dario R. Dekel*

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This study focuses on H2-O2operando AEMFC performance based on several platinum group metal (PGM) and PGM-free catalysts. Specifically, we evaluate the AEMFC performance of commercial PtRu/C, as-synthesized PtRu/C, and Pd-CeO2/C catalysts as anodes and commercial Pt/C and as-synthesized N-doped carbon catalysts as cathodes. The evolution of cell performance with varying cathode catalyst layer compositions, back pressure, and dew points is underscored. The as-synthesized PtRu/C catalyst is characterized by advanced transmission electron microscopy and showed significantly high performance reaching a peak power density of 1900 mW cm−2 at 80 °C with remarkably promising initial stability. We further showed the cell performances using Pd-CeO2/C anodes paired with both standard Pt/C and metal-free N-doped carbon as a cathodes, which resulted in peak power densities of 890 and 537 mW cm‒2, respectively. Data reported in this study sheds light on the development of AEMFCs using PGM and PGM-free catalysts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2049-2057
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Solid State Electrochemistry
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2022


FundersFunder number
Fuel Choice Initiative
Mauerberger Foundation Fund
Prime Minister Office of ISRAEL
Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, India
Fundação para a Ciência e a TecnologiaUIDB/50022/2020
Israel National Research Center for Electrochemical Propulsion


    • Anion exchange membrane fuel cells
    • Hydrogen oxidation reaction
    • N-doped carbon
    • Pd-CeO/C
    • Platinum group metals


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