Preparation and evaluation of electrodeposited platinum nanoparticles on in situ carbon nanotubes grown carbon paper for proton exchange membrane fuel cells

K. Saminathan, V. Kamavaram, V. Veedu, Arunachala Mada Kannan

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Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) based microporous layer on the non-woven carbon paper substrates was prepared by in situ growth in a chemical vapor deposition method. Pt with a loading of ∼0.13 mg cm-2 was electrodeposited at -0.3, -0.6, -1.2, -2.4, and -3.6 V vs SCE in a chloroplatinic acid (60 g/L) and hydrochloric acid (10 g/L) bath using a potentiostat. Scanning electron micrographs showed that the Pt nanoparticles decorated on the MWCNTs/carbon paper are highly uniform, especially at an electrodeposition voltage of -0.6 V vs SCE. Pt particles' size at various deposition potentials, as estimated by X-ray diffraction analysis is in nanosize range with an average diameter of 6 nm. Fuel cell performance of the Pt deposited in situ grown MWCNTs carbon paper was evaluated using Nafion-212 membrane at various operating conditions. The cathode with Pt deposition at -0.6 V showed a power density of ∼640 mW cm-2 at 80 °C using H2 and O2 at 90% RH and 101 kPa.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3838-3844
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 1 2009



  • Electrodeposition
  • In situ MWCNTs
  • PEM fuel cells
  • Platinum nanoparticles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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