Topics in Catalysis

, 52:2117 | Cite as

Nanostructured Carbons as Platinum Catalyst Supports for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell Electrodes

  • Nathalie Job
  • Sandrine Berthon-Fabry
  • Marian Chatenet
  • Julien Marie
  • Mathilde Brigaudet
  • Jean-Paul Pirard
Original Paper


To improve mass transport in the catalytic layers of proton exchange membrane fuel cells, the usual Pt catalyst support (carbon blacks) can be advantageously replaced by carbon aerogels or xerogels. The pore texture of such materials can indeed be tailored, which enables choosing an adequate pore texture minimizing diffusional limitations within the catalytic layers.


Carbon xerogels Carbon aerogels Pt catalysts PEM fuel cells 



N. Job thanks the F.R.S.-FNRS (Belgium) for a postdoctoral researcher grant. The Belgian authors thank the Fonds de Recherche Fondamentale Collective, the Ministère de la Région Wallonne and the Interuniversity Attraction Pole (IAP-P6/17) for their financial support, and acknowledge the involvement of their laboratory in the Network of Excellence FAME of the European Union Sixth Framework Program. The French authors thank the Groupement des Écoles des Mines (GEM). N.J. and M.C. thank Egide and the WBI for funding within the Hubert Curien Partnership (Tournesol project #20389PF).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nathalie Job
    • 1
  • Sandrine Berthon-Fabry
    • 2
  • Marian Chatenet
    • 3
  • Julien Marie
    • 2
  • Mathilde Brigaudet
    • 2
  • Jean-Paul Pirard
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Génie Chimique (B6a)Université de LiègeLiègeBelgium
  2. 2.Mines ParisTech, Centre Énergétique et ProcédésSophia-Antipolis CedexFrance
  3. 3.Laboratoire d’Électrochimie et de Physico-chimie des Matériaux et des Interfaces (LEPMI)UMR 5631 CNRS/Grenoble-INP/UJFSt Martin d’Hères CedexFrance

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