Offer no. 28/12

Catalyst Ru/Pd/C, method of preparation of the catalyst Ru/Pd/C, its application in direct formic acid fuel cells and such a fuel cell.

  • Summary:

    The invention provides a Ru/Pd/C catalyst designed for electrooxidation of formic acid at the anode of a formic acid-powered fuel cell. This catalyst contains palladium and ruthenium supported on carbon, wherein the nominal atomic ratio of ruthenium to palladium ranges from 0.2 to 1.5. Ruthenium occurs in the metallic form in the Ru/Pd/C catalyst, and it does not form an alloy with palladium. The catalyst activates itself by spontaneous oscillations of the cell voltage, without the need for providing energy from the external system. The invention comprises a process for manufacturing the Ru/Pd/C catalyst, its application for electrooxidation of formic acid in the formic acid-powered fuel cells, as well as the formic acid-powered fuel cell using the inventive catalyst.

  • Inventors:
    Piotr Kędzierzawski, Anna Mikołajczuk, Andrzej Borodziński, Leszek Stobiński
  • Advantages / Innovative aspects:
    • the obtaining anode Ru/Pd/C catalyst, in contrast to the Pd/C catalyst, provides a long-term operation of the formic acid-powered fuel cell in the solutions of analytically pure formic acid
  • Keywords:
    Palladium catalyst, ruthenium, formic acid-powered fuel cell, electrooxidation of formic acid, nanocomposites
  • Field:
  • Usage:

    Composites, Fuel batteries, Hydrogen production, Unconventional or alternative sources of energy

  • State of the progress:
    stage of research
  • Intellectual property rights:
    Patent applications in Germany
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