Electron and Proton Conductivity of Fe-N-C Cathodes for PEM Fuel Cells: A Model-Based Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy Measurement: Article No. 106795

Tatyana Reshetenko, Alexey Serov, Madeleine Odgaard, Gunter Randolf, Luigi Osmieri, Andrei Kulikovsky

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Abstract

Impedance spectra of a PEM fuel cell with three Fe-N-C cathodes have been measured under the H2/N2 testing regime. The spectra have been fitted using a recently developed physics-based impedance model, which takes into account finite proton (sp) and electron (se) conductivity of the oxygen-free cathode catalyst layer. Fitting allowed to extract numerical data for sp, se, the double layer capacitance, and the inductance of cables used for measuring impedance spectra. The values of sp and se are close to what previously found for standard Pt/C electrodes, which is found for the first time using PGM-free catalysts. The method enables simultaneous measurement of reference proton and electron conductivity of PEMFC cathode.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages5
JournalElectrochemistry Communications
Volume118
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5900-77403

Keywords

  • electron conductivity
  • impedance
  • modeling
  • PEM fuel cell
  • PGM-free electrode
  • proton conductivity

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