Generation of a highly efficient electrode for ethanol oxidation by simply electrodepositing palladium on the oxygen plasma‐treated carbon fiber paper

Houg Yuan Pei, Chen Han Lin, Wei Lin, Chiun-Jye Yuan*

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Abstract

In this study, a highly efficient carbon‐supported Pd catalyst for the direct ethanol fuel cell was developed by electrodepositing nanostructured Pd on oxygen plasma‐treated carbon fiber paper (Pd/pCFP). The oxygen plasma treatment has been shown to effectively remove the surface organic contaminants and add oxygen species onto the CFP to facilitate the deposition of nano-structured Pd on the surface of carbon fibers. Under the optimized and controllable electrodeposi-tion method, nanostructured Pd of ~10 nm can be easily and evenly deposited onto the CFP. The prepared Pd/pCFP electrode exhibited an extraordinarily high electrocatalytic activity towards eth-anol oxidation, with a current density of 222.8 mA mg−1 Pd. Interestingly, the electrode also exhibited a high tolerance to poisoning species and long‐term stability, with a high ratio of the forward anodic peak current density to the backward anodic peak current density. These results suggest that the Pd/pCFP catalyst may be a promising anodic material for the development of highly efficient direct alcohol fuel cells.

Original languageEnglish
Article number248
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalCatalysts
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2021

Keywords

  • Carbon fiber paper
  • Ethanol oxidation
  • Fuel cell
  • Pd catalyst

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