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Property-Reactivity Relations of N-doped PEM Fuel Cell Cathode Catalyst Supports

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Lopez-Luna,  Mauricio
Interface Science, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

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Roldan Cuenya,  Beatriz
Interface Science, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

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Ott, S., Du, F., Lopez-Luna, M., Dao, T. A., Selve, S., Roldan Cuenya, B., et al. (2022). Property-Reactivity Relations of N-doped PEM Fuel Cell Cathode Catalyst Supports. Applied Catalysis B, 121118. doi:10.1016/j.apcatb.2022.121118.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0009-D31D-9
Abstract
This study clarifies the effect of the nature of solid N-precursor molecules on the N-modification, more specifically unravels how the N-precursors affect the physiochemical and catalytic properties of the resulting carbon supports and final catalysts. Therefore, cyanamide and melamine were used as N-source. Utilizing such modified high surface area carbons, in situ measurements as humidity dependent performance, electrochemical surface area, proton resistivity and limiting current measurements were conducted to access the role and degree of ionomer coverage and transport resistances. Additional X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) proves molecular interaction between acidic side chains and basic N-groups. Overall, we show the importance of the N-precursor and synthetic route determining which physiochemical parameter will be influenced in the resulting catalytic layer. Based on this, the pure presence of some N-moieties does not guarantee an improved ionomer distribution, but the modification process enables a tailoring effect of the carbon specie itself affecting transport phenomena.