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Structural kinetics of a Pt/C cathode catalyst with practical catalyst loading in an MEA for PEFC operating conditions studied by in situ time-resolved XAFS

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The structural kinetics of surface events on a Pt/C cathode catalyst in a membrane electrode assembly (MEA) with a practical catalyst loading (0.5 mgPt cm−2) for a polymer electrolyte fuel cell were investigated by in situ time-resolved X-ray absorption fine structure analysis (XAFS; time resolution: 100 ms) for the first time. The rate constants of structural changes in the Pt/C cathode catalyst in the MEA during voltage cycling were successfully estimated. For voltage-cycling processes, all reactions (electrochemical reactions and structural changes in the Pt catalyst) in the MEA were found to be much faster than those in an MEA with a thick cathode catalyst layer, but the in situ time-resolved XAFS analysis revealed that significant time lags similarly existed between the electrochemical reactions and the structural changes in the Pt cathode catalyst. The time-resolved XAFS also revealed differences in the structural kinetics of the Pt/C cathode catalyst for the voltage-cycling processes under N2 and air flows at the cathode.

Graphical abstract: Structural kinetics of a Pt/C cathode catalyst with practical catalyst loading in an MEA for PEFC operating conditions studied by in situ time-resolved XAFS

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The article was received on 21 Jun 2013, accepted on 16 Sep 2013 and first published on 16 Sep 2013


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3CP52578C
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2013,15, 18827-18834

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    Structural kinetics of a Pt/C cathode catalyst with practical catalyst loading in an MEA for PEFC operating conditions studied by in situ time-resolved XAFS

    N. Ishiguro, T. Saida, T. Uruga, O. Sekizawa, K. Nagasawa, K. Nitta, T. Yamamoto, S. Ohkoshi, T. Yokoyama and M. Tada, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2013, 15, 18827
    DOI: 10.1039/C3CP52578C

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