Electrochemical Characterization of a PEMEC Using Impedance Spectroscopy

Katrine Elsøe, L. Grahl-Madsen, Johan Hjelm, G.G. Scherer, Johan Hjelm, Mogens Bjerg Mogensen

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In this study, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) is applied in combination with cyclic voltammetry (CV) and current density – cell voltage curves (iV-curves) to investigate the processes contributing to the total impedance of a polymer electrolyte membrane electrolysis cell (PEMEC). iV-curves were linear above 0.35 A cm−2 implying ohmic processes to be performance limiting, however the impedance spectra showed three arcs indicating three electrochemical reactions at these conditions not to be purely ohmic, but also to have capacitive properties. A hypothesis that the composite IrOx/Nafion anode catalyst layer causes two of these arcs with a constant sum of resistance and current constrictions cause the third arc, is suggested. This hypothesis implies that the total differential cell resistance at current densities above 0.35 A cm−2 is purely ascribed to protonic resistance in Nafion in this type of PEMEC.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of The Electrochemical Society
Issue number13
Pages (from-to) F1419-F1426
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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