Durability studies of graphitized carbon nanofibers in PEMFC environment

Elina Yli-Rantala, Antti Pasanen, Pertti Kauranen, Sonja Auvinen, Magnus Thomassen

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Abstract

Vapor grown carbon fibers (VGCF) by Showa Denko are highly graphitized carbon nanofibers. VGCFs show superior thermal stability and corrosion resistance over traditional carbon black supports. The performance and durability of the synthesized catalysts have been evaluated and compared to carbon black supported catalyst. The test methods described here include automotive drive cycle testing in multi-single cell unit as well as accelerated in situ carbon degradation routine with CO2 monitoring from cathode exhaust gases. The Pt/VGCF catalyst shows significantly lower carbon corrosion than commercial carbon black supported Pt catalyst in simulated and actual start/stop cycling.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2011
MoE publication typeNot Eligible
Event2nd International Workshop on Degradation Issues of Fuel Cells - Thessaloniki, Greece
Duration: 21 Sep 201123 Sep 2011

Conference

Conference2nd International Workshop on Degradation Issues of Fuel Cells
CountryGreece
CityThessaloniki
Period21/09/1123/09/11

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Keywords

  • degradation
  • polymer electrolyte fuel cell
  • proton exchange membrane fuel cell
  • solid oxide fuel cell
  • molten carbonate fuel cell

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Yli-Rantala, E., Pasanen, A., Kauranen, P., Auvinen, S., & Thomassen, M. (2011). Durability studies of graphitized carbon nanofibers in PEMFC environment. Paper presented at 2nd International Workshop on Degradation Issues of Fuel Cells, Thessaloniki, Greece.