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Włodarczyk Barbara (University of Opole), Włodarczyk Paweł P. (University of Opole)
Methanol Electrooxidation With Cu-B Catalyst
Infrastruktura i Ekologia Terenów Wiejskich, 2016, nr IV/2, s. 1483-1492, rys., bibliogr. 37 poz.
Infrastructure and Ecology of Rural Areas
Alternatywne źródła energii, Odnawialne źródła energii, Biopaliwa, Pomiary, Ogniwa paliwowe
Alternative energy sources, Renewable energy sources, Biofuels, Measurement, Fuel cells
In the last few years alternative energy sources have been fast developing. One of these sources is fuel cell. Due to development of the renewable energy sources, the powering of fuel cells with bio-fuels is very important. The one of this fuel is methanol. The use of fuel cells on a large scale is mainly limited by the high cost of catalysts - mainly platinum. Elimination of Pt as catalyst would allow for wider commercial application of fuel cells. The paper presents a study of methanol electrooxidation on electrode with Cu-B alloy catalyst. Researches were done by the method of polarizing curves of electrooxidation of methanol in glass vessel. An aqueous solution of KOH was used as the electrolyte. Conducted measurements show that there is a possibility of electrooxidation of methanol on Cu-B catalyst. In any case, the process of electrooxidation of methanol occurs. A current density of about 10-20 mA/cm2 has been obtained for all concentrations of methanol and B in alloy. So, the work shows possibility to use Cu-B alloys as catalysts for fuel electrode of DMFC.(original abstract)
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