Catalysts for Methanol Oxidation

  • Ernesto R. GonzalezEmail author
  • Andressa Mota-Lima


Methanol electroxidation proceeds via a multistep reaction. Herein, mechanisms of reaction and reaction rates of sub-set of the mechanism on different surfaces are discussed. Platinum is a reasonable catalyst for the first methanol electroxidation steps (dehydrogenation), but not for the last (CO electroxidation). Hence, alloying Platinum with a second metal was used as a strategy to enhance the rate of the last step. Accordingly, enhanced rates of CO electroxidation are attained by modifying the bonding energy of the adsorbate to the catalyst or by promoting the formation of oxygenated species at lower overvoltage. Finally, new perspectives on the field of methanol catalysts are commented including the search for catalysts that promote early onset of oscillations, i.e. under lower overvoltage.


Oxygen Reduction Reaction Methanol Oxidation Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Formic Acid Oxidation Methanol Oxidation Reaction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Instituto de Química de São Carlos-USPSão CarlosBrazil

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