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Fuel cells and fuel cell catalysts

United States Patent

November 7, 2006
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A direct organic fuel cell includes a formic acid fuel solution having between about 10% and about 95% formic acid. The formic acid is oxidized at an anode. The anode may include a Pt/Pd catalyst that promotes the direct oxidation of the formic acid via a direct reaction path that does not include formation of a CO intermediate.
Masel; Richard I. (Champaign, IL), Rice; Cynthia A. (Newington, CT), Waszczuk; Piotr (White Bear Lake, MN), Wieckowski; Andrzej (Champaign, IL)
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois (Urbana, IL)
10/ 407,385
April 4, 2003
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST This invention was made with Government assistance under Department of Energy Grant No. DEGF-02-99ER14993. The Government has certain rights in the invention.