Chitosan chemical hydrogel electrode binder for direct borohydride fuel cells

Nurul A. Choudhury, Yogeshwar Sahai, Rudolph G. Buchheit

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A novel and cost-effective electrode binder consisting of chitosan chemical hydrogel (CCH) is reported for direct borohydride fuel cells (DBFCs). The DBFCs have been assembled with Misch-metal-based AB5 alloy as anode, carbon-supported palladium (Pd/C) as cathode and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) hydrogel membrane electrolyte (PHME) as well as Nafion®-117 membrane electrolyte (NME) as separators. Operating in passive mode without using peristaltic pump and under ambient conditions of temperature as well as pressure, the DBFC exhibited a maximum peak power density of about 81 mW cm - 2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalElectrochemistry Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Financial support for this work was provided by the Third Frontier Fuel Cell Program of State of Ohio and from ITN Energy Systems of Littleton Colorado .


  • Chemical hydrogel
  • Chitosan
  • Direct borohydride fuel cell
  • Electrode binder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrochemistry


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