Bimetallic platinum-iron electrocatalyst supported on carbon fibers for coal electrolysis

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A novel bimetallic Pt-Fe electrode supported on carbon fibers (CFs) was prepared by chemical impregnation/reduction and evaluated for the electrolysis of coal to produce hydrogen. Characterization of the electrocatalyst was performed using X-ray Diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscopy, and Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy. The synthesized Pt-Fe particles were well dispersed on the surface of the CFs. The addition of Fe to the catalyst enhanced the electrooxidation of coal when compared to Pt alone. PtFe (1:1) supported on carbon fibers exhibited superior catalytic activity towards the conversion of coal than PtFe (7:3) and PtFe (3:7).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-169
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Power Sources
StatePublished - Jan 15 2015


  • Coal electrolysis
  • Fuel cells
  • Hydrogen production
  • Platinum-iron electrodes


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