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Electrocatalyst for Oxygen Reduction with Reduced Platinum Oxidation and Dissolution Rates

Brookhaven National Laboratory

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	Results of a density functional theory calculation of atomic positions of platinum on an oxide surface, showing good agreement with experimental results.</p>

Results of a density functional theory calculation of atomic positions of platinum on an oxide surface, showing good agreement with experimental results.

Technology Marketing Summary

Platinum is the most efficient electrocatalyst for accelerating the oxygen reduction reaction in fuel cells. Under operating conditions, though, platinum catalysts can dissolve. When used in place of pure platinum, platinum-metal oxide composites can spare the precious metal when used as fuel cell catalysts.

Description

Metal oxides are not typically conductive enough to be good substrates for electrochemical deposition of metals. In the inventive method, non-noble metal cations are first adsorbed onto the surface of a metal oxide core. The cation adsorbate is then reduced to provide an appropriate surface for the subsequent deposition of noble metal from a solution of metal salts.                 

Benefits

Electrocatalysts made from layers of noble metals, such as platinum, on metal oxide cores stabilize the noble metal against dissolution, resulting in a longer catalytic lifetime compared to bulk platinum/carbon catalysts.

Applications and Industries

Fuel cell catalysts; oxygen reduction; heterogeneous catalysis.

More Information

Vukmirovic, et al., “Electrodeposition of Pt onto RuO2 (110) Single-crystal Surface,” J. Phys. Chem. C. 111, 15306 (2007)

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/jp0742719

Patents and Patent Applications
ID Number
Title and Abstract
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Date
Patent 8,062,552
Patent
8,062,552
Electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction with reduced platinum oxidation and dissolution rates
The invention relates to platinum-metal oxide composite particles and their use as electrocatalysts in oxygen-reducing cathodes and fuel cells. The invention particularly relates to methods for preventing the oxidation of the platinum electrocatalyst in the cathodes of fuel cells by use of these platinum-metal oxide composite particles. The invention additionally relates to methods for producing electrical energy by supplying such a fuel cell with an oxidant, such as oxygen, and a fuel source, such as hydrogen.
Brookhaven National Laboratory 11/22/2011
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Technology Status
Technology IDDevelopment StageAvailabilityPublishedLast Updated
BSA 05-12PrototypeAvailable04/01/201104/01/2011

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To: Poornima Upadhya<pupadhya@bnl.gov>