WIT Press


Statistical Structure-to-property Relationships For Fuel Cell Materials

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/MC130071

Volume

77

Pages

10

Page Range

77 - 86

Published

2013

Size

1,611 kb

Author(s)

K. Artyushkova, A. Patel, P. Atanassov, V. Colbow, M. Dutta, D. Harvey & S. Wessel

Abstract

Development and optimization of components for fuel cells is hindered by the complex nature of the materials, a partial understanding of the reaction mechanisms and precise chemistry of active site or sites and relationship between performance and morphological properties such as size of particles, surface area, roughness, porosity, etc. XPS is one of the most widely utilized surface spectroscopic techniques for the analysis of material structure. Surface morphology is one of the most important factors affecting functional performance of fuel cell components. Correlation of structure, morphology and performance of Pt catalysts within MEA subjected to different accelerated test protocols (AST) is achieved through the application of principal component analysis (PCA) to curve-fits of high-resolution XPS spectra combined with morphological parameters extracted from SEM images and results of electrochemical measurements. Keywords: structure-to-property correlation, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, SEM, morphology, digital image processing, durability, fuel cells, electrocatalysts, principal component analysis.

Keywords

structure-to-property correlation, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, SEM, morphology, digital image processing, durability, fuel cells, electrocatalysts, principal component analysis