Graphene-supported platinum catalyst prepared with ionomer as surfactant for anion exchange membrane fuel cells

L. Zeng, T. S. Zhao, Liang An, G. Zhao, X. H. Yan, C. Y. Jung

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In this work, we have synthesized an ionomer-coated graphene-supported platinum catalyst for anion exchange membrane fuel cells. Unlike the common surfactant stabilized colloidal method, we employ a home-made anion exchange ionomer (AEI), namely quaternary ammonia poly (2, 6-dimethyl-1, 4-phenylene oxide) (QAPPO), as the surfactant. The AEI coated on reduced graphene oxide (rGO) surfaces serves as a stabilizer to anchor the platinum precursor on rGO surfaces due to electrostatic interactions. As a result, platinum nanoparticles (Pt NPs) can be easily deposited onto rGO surfaces with a uniform distribution. The remarkable feature of the present synthesis method is that the surfactant, the coated AEI, does not need to be removed from the catalyst, but serves as hydroxide-conductive paths in the catalyst layer, leading to enhanced triple phase boundaries. It is demonstrated that the use of the catalyst obtained with the present method enables a H2/O2AEMFC to yield a peak power density of 264.8 mW cm-2at 60 °C, which is 30% higher than that produced from the same fuel cell but with the use of the catalyst synthesized by the conventional synthesis method.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)506-515
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Power Sources
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Anion exchange ionomer
  • Electrocatalysts
  • Fuel cell
  • High distribution
  • Platinum nanoparticles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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