versión impresa ISSN 0012-7353
Full comprehension of adsorption and further oxidation of CO molecules on platinum is fundamental to develop polymer exchange membrane fuel cells operating at low temperature. In this work it is presented an overview of the five more important experimental strategies in the search to improve the CO tolerance: reduce the on set potential for the CO oxidation reaction, reduce the amount of adsorbed CO, introduce small quantities of oxidant bleeding into the anode feed, increase the operation temperature and cleaning the CO in the fuel feed. Even though quite promissory catalysts have been developed (PtMo and PdAu mixtures), still the PtRu systems are regarded as the most efficient anode catalysts for fuels containing over 10 ppm of CO. The strategy of inject oxygen to the anode appears promissory, but it requires the development of new more efficient membranes and the implementation of more safe operation conditions of the fuel cell. The structural design of special anodes containing multiple layers with specific catalysts for each type of fuel can become a very attractive strategy.
Palabras llave : Carbon monoxide tolerance; Proton-exchange membrane fuel cell; Platinum-based catalyst.