Faculty Advisor

Brodeur, Drew R

Faculty Advisor

Datta, Ravindra

Faculty Advisor

Kmiotek, Stephen J.

Abstract

Oxygen transport through a proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell was examined with the ultimate goal of creating a model for a portable oxygen generator. Water electrolysis by four electron oxygen reduction (ORR) along with two electron ORR were tested using membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) with Pt/C, carbon (Printex L6), and PtIrB catalysts. Results in trials for all configurations yielded small currents and little to no oxygen production. Based on this study, it appears a vapor electrolysis PEM fuel cell oxygen pump and two electron oxygen reduction based on Pt/C and Printex L6 are not feasible. Alternative catalysts for two electron oxygen reduction on a PEM and alternative membranes may lead to more functional models of the proposed electrochemical oxygen generator.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2014

Major

Chemistry

Major

Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

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