Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells (PEFC)
Evaluation of Durability of Catalysts (2)

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Using two types of commercially available carbon-supported platinum (Pt) catalysts, the catalysts were caused to degrade in a potential cycle test. The properties of the catalysts were determined, and the degraded conditions of the catalysts were evaluated.

・Potential cycle test conditions: 0.6V-0.9V (0.1V/sec), 2,000 cycles*

* Reference publication: “Proposal for Targets and Research/Development Themes for Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells and Evaluation Methods” published by the Fuel Cell Commercialization Conference of Japan in January, 2007

【Dispersed conditions of Pt particles (TEM image)】 【Crystallinity of Pt particles (TEM image)】

* Black particles represent Pt, and gray parts, carbon.

Results of observation with the transmission electron microscope indicate that after potential cycle test, the Pt particles of both Catalyst A and Catalyst B grew in size as a result of a number of particles having been bonded together.

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