A high-performance ethanol-hydrogen peroxide fuel cell

Liang An, T. S. Zhao, X. L. Zhou, L. Wei, X. H. Yan

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In conventional ethanol-hydrogen peroxide fuel cells, the cathode potential is created by the reduction reaction of hydrogen peroxide. In this work, we propose to create the cathode potential by introducing a redox couple to the cathode while using hydrogen peroxide to chemically charge the redox ions. The idea not only completely eliminates the mixed-potential issue associated with the direct reduction of hydrogen peroxide, but also enables faster cathodic electrochemical kinetics with no catalysts. Experimentally, it is demonstrated that the ethanol-hydrogen peroxide fuel cell with a redox couple of V(iv)/V(v) yields a peak power density of 450 mW cm-2at 60 °C, which is 87.5% higher than that of the conventional cell with direct reduction of hydrogen peroxide. This journal is
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65031-65034
Number of pages4
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number110
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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