Measurement of Platinum Oxide Coverage in a Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell

Yuxiu Liu, Mark Mathias, Junliang Zhang
2010 Electrochemical and solid-state letters  
We report results from coulometric measurements of the oxide coverage on dispersed platinum ͑Pt͒ as a function of potential in an O 2 -free but otherwise normal H 2 /air fuel cell cathode environment ͑0.6-0.9 V RHE , 80°C, 100% relative humidity͒. The Pt oxide is thus limited to that formed from H 2 O and provides a lower bound of the oxide present in an operating fuel cell in which O 2 is present. We found that the oxide coverage does not depend on previous exposure to gas-phase O 2 ,
more » ... hase O 2 , indicating that the Pt oxide formation reactions are reversible within the experimental parameter space. The results are in excellent agreement with a previously published fundamental model.
doi:10.1149/1.3257595 fatcat:a5ps4dvcvbgd7ag7ocscvdch34