Considering crucial problems that limit use of platinum-based fuel cells, i.e. cost and availability, poisoning by fuel impurities and low selectivity, we propose electrocatalysis by enzymes as a valuable alternative to noble metals. Hydrogenase electrodes in neutral media achieve hydrogen equilibrium potential (providing 100% energy conversion), and display high activity in H2 electrooxidation, which is similar to that of Pt-based electrodes in sulphuric acid. In contrast with platinum, enzyme electrodes are highly selective for their substrates, and are not poisoned by fuel impurities. Hydrogenase electrodes are capable of consuming hydrogen directly from microbial media, which ensures their use as fuel electrodes in treatment of organic wastes.
Conference Article| February 01 2005
Hydrogenase electrodes for fuel cells
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A.A. Karyakin, S.V. Morozov, E.E. Karyakina, N.A. Zorin, V.V. Perelygin, S. Cosnier; Hydrogenase electrodes for fuel cells. Biochem Soc Trans 1 February 2005; 33 (1): 73–75. doi: https://doi.org/10.1042/BST0330073
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