Patent Number: 7,132,188

Title: Fuel cells and fuel cell catalysts

Abstract: A direct organic fuel cell includes a formic acid fuel solution having between about 10% and about 95% formic acid. The formic acid is oxidized at an anode. The anode may include a Pt/Pd catalyst that promotes the direct oxidation of the formic acid via a direct reaction path that does not include formation of a CO intermediate.

Inventors: Masel; Richard I. (Champaign, IL), Rice; Cynthia A. (Newington, CT), Waszczuk; Piotr (White Bear Lake, MN), Wieckowski; Andrzej (Champaign, IL)

Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois

International Classification: H01M 8/10 (20060101); H01M 4/90 (20060101); H01M 4/92 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-07 0:00:00