The transitional states of a Pt/C cathode electrocatalyst in the membrane electrode assembly of a polymer electrolyte fuel cell during loading with transient voltages were systematically analyzed by in situ time-resolved X-ray absorption fine structure with time resolution of 100 ms. The results suggest that the local coordination of the Pt cathode electrocatalyst was unaffected by the transient voltages during both rapid and gradual loading over 0-30 s.
- In situ analysis
- Polymer electrolyte fuel cell
- Pt catalyst
- Time-resolved XAFS
- Transient voltage