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Fuel Cell Catalysis: A Surface Science Approach

ISBN: 978-0-470-46374-1
700 pages
April 2009
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Wiley Series on Electrocatalysis and Electrochemistry

Fuel Cell Catalysis A Surface Science Approach

A Core reference on fuel cell catalysis

Fuel cells represent an important alternative energy source and a very active area of research. Fuel Cell Catalysis brings together world leaders in this field, providing a unique combination of state-of-the-art theory and computational and experimental methods. With an emphasis on understanding fuel cell catalysis at the molecular level, this text covers fundamental principles, future challenges, and important current research themes.

Fuel Cell Catalysis:

  • Provides a molecular-level description of catalysis for low-temperature polymer-electrolyte membrane fuel cells, including both hydrogen-oxygen cells and direct alcohol cells
  • Examines catalysis issues of both anode and cathode such as oxygen reduction, alcohol oxidation, and CO tolerance
  • Features a timely and forward-looking approach through emphasis on novel aspects such as computation and bio-inspiration
  • Reviews the use and potential of surface-sensitive techniques like vibrational spectroscopy (IR, Raman, nonlinear spectroscopy, laser), scanning tunneling microscopy, X-ray scattering, NMR, electrochemical techniques, and more
  • Reviews the use and potential of such modern computational techniques as DFT, ab initio MD, kinetic Monte Carlo simulations, and more
  • Surveys important trends in reactivity and structure sensitivity, nanoparticles, "dynamic" catalysis, electrocatalysis vs. gas-phase catalysis, new experimental techniques, and nontraditional catalysts

This cutting-edge collection offers a core reference for electrochemists, electrocatalysis researchers, surface and physical chemists, chemical and automotive engineers, and researchers in academia, research institutes, and industry.

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Preface to the Wiley Series on Electrocatalysis and Electrochemistry ix.

List of Contributors.

1. Electrocatalysis of Oxygen Reduction in Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells: A Brief History and a Critical Examination of Present Theory and Diagnostics (Shimshon Gottesfeld).

2. Electrochemical Electron Transfer: From Marcus Theory to Electrolysis (E. Santos and W. Schmickler).

3. Electrocatalysis and Catalyst Screening from Density Functional Theory Calculations (J. Rossmeisl, J. Greeley, and G. S. Karlberg).

4. First-Principles Simulation of the Active Sites and Reaction Environment in Electrocatalysis (Michael J. Janik, Sally A. Wasileski, Christopher D. Taylor, and Matthew Neurock).

5. Ab Initio Atomistic Thermodynamics for Fuel Cell Catalysis (Timo Jacob).

6. Mechanisms of the Oxidation of Carbon Monoxide and Small Organic Molecules at Metal Electrodes (Marc T. M. Koper, Stanley C. S. Lai, and Enrique Herrero).

7. Clues for the Molecular-Level Understanding of Electrocatalysis on Single-Crystal Platinum Surfaces Modified by p-Block Adatoms (V. Climent, N. García-Aráez, and J.M. Feliu).

8. Electrochemistry at Well-Characterized Bimetallic Surfaces (Vojislav R. Stamenkovic and Nenad M. Markovic).

9. Recent Developments in the Electrocatalysis of the O2 Reduction Reaction (Ye Xu, Minhua Shao, Manos Mavrikakis, and Radoslav R. Adzic).

10. Electrocatalysis at Platinum and Bimetallic Alloys (Masahiro Watanabe and Hiroyuki Uchida).

11. Electrocatalysis for the Direct Alcohol Fuel Cell (J.-M. Leger, C. Coutanceau, and C. Lamy).

12. Broadband Sum Frequency Generation Studies of Surface Intermediates Involved in Fuel Cell Electrocatalysis (G. Q. Lu, A. Lagutchev, T. Takeshita, R. L. Behrens, Dana D. Dlott, and A. Wieckowski).

13. Methanol, Formaldehyde, and Formic Acid Adsorption/Oxidation on a Carbon-Supported Pt Nanoparticle Fuel Cell Catalyst: A Comparative Quantitative DEMS Study (Z. Jusys and R. J. Behm).

14. The Effect of Structurally Well-Defined Pt Modification on the Electrochemical and Electrocatalytic Properties of Ru(0001) Electrodes (H. E. Hoster and R. J. Behm).

15. Size Effects in Electrocatalysis of Fuel Cell Reactions on Supported Metal Nanoparticles (Frederic Maillard, Sergey Pronkin, and Elena R. Savinova).

16. Support and Particle Size Effects in Electrocatalysis (Brian E. Hayden and Jens-Peter Suchsland).

17. Electrocatalysis for Fuel Cells at Enzyme-Modified Electrodes (K. A. Vincent, S. C. Barton, G. W. Canters, and H. A. Heering).

18. Metalloporphyrin Catalysts of Oxygen Reduction (Roman Boulatov).


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Marc T. M. Koper obtained his PhD (cum laude) with Professor J. H. Sluyters from Utrecht University in 1994 on "Far-from-equilibrium phenomena in electrochemical systems: instabilities, oscillations and chaos." He is currently a Full Professor in Fundamental Surface Science at Leiden University, where he studies electrochemistry, electrocatalysis, electrochemical surface science, and theoretical and computational electrochemistry.

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