Air-breathing laminar flow-based direct methanol fuel cell with alkaline electrolyte

Ranga S. Jayashree, Daniela Egas, Jacob S. Spendelow, Dilip Natarajan, Larry J. Markoski, Paul J.A. Kenis

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We report the performance of an air-breathing laminar flow-based fuel cell (LFFC) operated in alkaline and acidic media. These direct methanol fuel cells exhibit open-circuit potentials of 0.93 and 1.05 V in acidic and alkaline media, respectively, demonstrating the absence of methanol crossover in both media. The LFFCs perform better in alkaline media under identical reaction conditions due to improved reaction kinetics at high pH. Further electrochemical investigation of these differences in reaction kinetics at the anode and cathode is also reported.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)A252-A256
JournalElectrochemical and Solid-State Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrochemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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