In order to achieve reliable data regarding high temperature polymer electrolyte fuel cell (HT-PEFC) electrode degradation novel diagnostic techniques for the determination of the electrochemically active surface area (ECSA) were developed. Cyclovoltammetric CO-monolayer oxidation (CO stripping) charge measurements were combined with real-time CO2 exhaust gas analysis. Different evaluating methods were developed to overcome the problem of side reactions during CO stripping. Furthermore, a calibration curve for absolute ECSA determination via CO stripping was established, eliminating the temperature dependency of CO adsorption. In addition, these methods were successfully extended and implemented to locally resolved ECSA measurements. In summary, this paper introduces novel fundamental HT-PEFC electrode diagnostics for improved understanding of degradation phenomena. (C) 2014 The Electrochemical Society. All rights reserved.
Engl, T., Waltar, K. E., Gubler, L., & Schmidt, T. J. (2014). Second cycle is dead: Advanced electrode diagnostics for high-temperature polymer electrolyte fuel cells. Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 161(4), F500–F505. https://doi.org/10.1149/2.072404jes