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Formic acid fuel cells and catalysts

United States Patent

June 22, 2010
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An exemplary fuel cell of the invention includes a formic acid fuel solution in communication with an anode (12, 134), an oxidizer in communication with a cathode (16, 135) electrically linked to the anode, and an anode catalyst that includes Pd. An exemplary formic acid fuel cell membrane electrode assembly (130) includes a proton-conducting membrane (131) having opposing first (132) and second surfaces (133), a cathode catalyst on the second membrane surface, and an anode catalyst including Pd on the first surface.
Masel; Richard I. (Champaign, IL), Larsen; Robert (Urbana, IL), Ha; Su Yun (Pullman, WA)
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois (Urbana, IL)
10/ 578,055
November 5, 2004
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST This invention was made with Government assistance under Department of Energy Grant No. DEGF-02-99ER14993, and DARPA Air Force Contract No. F33615-01-C-2172. The Government has certain rights in the invention.