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Carbon monoxide tolerant electrocatalyst with low platinum loading and a process for its preparation

United States Patent Application

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An electrocatalyst is provided for use in a fuel cell that has low platinum loading and a high tolerance to carbon monoxide poisoning. The fuel cell anode includes an electrocatalyst that has a conductive support material, ruthenium nanoparticles reduced in H.sub.2 and a Group VIII noble metal in an amount of between about 0.1 and 25 wt % of the ruthenium nanoparticles, preferably between about 0.5 and 15 wt %. The preferred Group VIII noble metal is platinum. In one embodiment, the anode can also have a perfluorinated polymer membrane on its surface.
Adzic, Radoslav (East Setauket, NY), Brankovic, Stanko (Coram, NY), Wang, Jia (East Setauket, NY)
Brookhaven Science Associates LLC
10/ 328,620
December 26, 2002
[0001] This invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-AC02-98CH10886, awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.