Electrooxidation of C1 organic molecules on Pt electrodes

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Abstract

C1 molecules are potential alternative fuels for fuel cells, with a higher volume-specific energy density than hydrogen, and with higher energy conversion efficiencies than heavier organic molecules like ethanol, because their oxidation does not require the rupture of any C–C bonds. However, the development of economically competitive direct C1 fuel cells is hampered by CO poisoning and by the necessity to employ Pt-based electrocatalysts. Reducing CO poisoning to a tolerable level and developing cheaper and durable electrocatalysts requires a deep knowledge of the reaction mechanism on Pt, the archetypal electrocatalyst. In this brief review we summarise current knowledge in this field.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-38
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Electrochemistry
Volume4
Issue number1
Early online date15 Aug 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017

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