The objective for this study is to test the performance of the new Pt-Ru/C catalyst within a DMFC and compare the results to the commercially-available catalyst. This includes synthesis of the SEA/ED, Pt-Ru/C catalyst, characterization of the commercially-available and newly-synthesized catalyst with analysis, and finally, testing of each catalyst within a DMFC testing station and analyzing performance results. The DMFC testing and comparison is important to help show the catalysts’ real-world performance as well as effects of possible CO-poisoning during operation. The newly-synthesized catalyst has an increased electrochemical area as well as a better bi-metallic dispersion, to allow ruthenium to better prevent any platinum from being poisoned, causing the catalyst to perform better and last longer.
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