A mathematical model is proposed based on electrode kinetics analysis for the oxidation of 2% CO +H2 mixture in polymer electrolyte fuel cells. Successful simulation of the polarization curve and experimental impedance spectra for Pt/C electrode system confirm the validity of the model which shows that the impedance is strongly dependent on electrode potential. With the increase of potential, an inductive behavior will occur. It is believed that the appearance of this inductive pattern can be used as a criterion for the onset of CO oxidation by the coincidence of the potential at which inductive behavior occurs with the ignition potential for CO oxidation. The effects of change of CO oxidation rate constant and CO adsorption equilibrium constant on impedance pattern, as well as on CO surface coverage and Faradaic current are also delineated with the use of the proposed model.
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- Chemical Engineering(all)