Enhancement of Catalytic Activity of Pt/Alumina by a Novel Pretreatment Method for the CO Oxidation for Fuel Cell Applications

연료전지용 CO의 산화를 위한 백금/알루미나 촉매의 성능향상에 관한 연구

  • Jo, Myung-Chan (Department of Advanced Materials Engineering, Dongseo University)
  • Published : 2008.12.31


Hydrogen gas is used as a fuel for the proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC). Trace amount of carbon monoxide present in the reformate $H_2$ gas can poison the anode of the PEMFC. Therefore, preferential oxidation (PROX) of CO is essential for reducing the concentration of CO from a hydrogen-rich reformate gas. In this study, conventional Pt/$Al_2O_3$ catalyst was prepared for the preferential oxidation of CO. The effects of catalyst preparation method, additive, and hydrogen on the performances of PROX reaction of CO were investigated. Water treatment and addition of Ce enhanced catalytic activity of the Pt/$Al_2O_3$ catalyst at low temperature below $100^{\circ}C$.


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