Alkaline direct oxidation fuel cell with non-platinum catalysts capable of converting glucose to electricity at high power output

Liang An, T. S. Zhao, S. Y. Shen, Q. X. Wu, R. Chen

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Glucose is a potential fuel for fuel cells because it is renewable, abundant, non-toxic, and easy in handle and store. Conventional glucose fuel cells that use enzymes and micro-organisms as the catalyst are limited by their extremely low power output and rather short durability. In this work, a direct glucose fuel cell that uses an anion-exchange membrane and in-house non-platinum electrocatalysts is developed. It is shown that this type of direct glucose fuel cell with a relatively cheap membrane and catalysts can result in a maximum power density as high as 38 mW cm-2at 60 °C. The high performance is attributed mainly to the increased kinetics of both the glucose oxidation reaction and the oxygen reduction reaction rendered by the alkaline medium with the anion-exchange membrane.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-190
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Power Sources
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Anion-exchange membrane
  • Direct oxidation fuel cell
  • Glucose
  • Non-platinum catalyst
  • Operating conditions
  • Power density

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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