Certain inorganic oxides are known to catalyze the water gas shift reaction at low temperatures and the hydrogen oxidation reaction is extremely rapid on platinum. In this project we aim to design PEM anodes that take advantage of both these reactions so that we can produce a CO tolerant anode. This project is currently funded by Xcel Energy from their Renewable Development Fund as this technology has the potential to hasten the introduction of hydrogen derived from biomass.

Colorado School of Mines: Prof. Andrew Herring

CO tolerant PEM fuel cell anode