The paper presents a new results on the bonding environment (coordination number and geometry) and on oxidation states of Fe in nitrogen-modified Fe/C composites used as Pt-free catalysts for oxygen reduction in Direct Hydrogen Fuel Cells. Starting from glucose or fructose, two catalysts displaying different electrochemical performance were prepared and studied in the form of pristine powder and thin catalytic layer of electrode by Fe K-edge XAFS spectroscopy. The results show how the Fe local structure varies as a function of different synthesis conditions and how changes in the structural properties of the catalysts are related to fuel cell electrochemical performance increase during a cell activation period.

Fe local structure in Pt-free nitrogen-modified carbon based electrocatalysts: XAFS study

GIULI, Gabriele;RENZI, MARCO;WUBULIKASIMU, YIMING;NOBILI, Francesco;
2016

Abstract

The paper presents a new results on the bonding environment (coordination number and geometry) and on oxidation states of Fe in nitrogen-modified Fe/C composites used as Pt-free catalysts for oxygen reduction in Direct Hydrogen Fuel Cells. Starting from glucose or fructose, two catalysts displaying different electrochemical performance were prepared and studied in the form of pristine powder and thin catalytic layer of electrode by Fe K-edge XAFS spectroscopy. The results show how the Fe local structure varies as a function of different synthesis conditions and how changes in the structural properties of the catalysts are related to fuel cell electrochemical performance increase during a cell activation period.
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