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Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie

International journal of research in physical chemistry and chemical physics

Editor-in-Chief: Rademann, Klaus

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Volume 227, Issue 5


Direct Methanol Fuel Cell – Alternative Materials and Catalyst Preparation

Jens Mitzel / Francesco Arena / Tanja Walter / Manfred Stefener / Rolf Hempelmann
Published Online: 2013-05-21 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/zpch.2013.0341


The direct methanol fuel cell is the most interesting fuel cell for mobile applications. The state-of-the-art materials in a practical direct methanol fuel cell are Nafion 115 as membrane, carbon black as catalyst support and PtRu and Pt, respectively, as electrocatalyst. However, many materials were under investigation as alternatives to these materials in the last two decades. The most promising materials are reviewed in this paper. In addition, the catalyst preparation methods are summarized for chemical and electrochemical methods separately. Furthermore, a new electrodeposition technique with a gel-type electrolyte is highlighted. By the use of this method, the catalyst loading on the cathode side can be reduced by 25%.

Keywords: Catalyst; DMFC; Electrodeposition; Fuel Cell; Review

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* Correspondence address: Saarland University, Physical Chemistry, Campus B22, 66123 Saarbrücken, Deutschland

Published Online: 2013-05-21

Published in Print: 2013-05-01

Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie, Volume 227, Issue 5, Pages 497–540, ISSN (Online) 2196-7156, ISSN (Print) 0942-9352, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/zpch.2013.0341.

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