Highly stable RuO2/SnO2 nanocomposites as anode electrocatalysts in a PEM water electrolysis cell

Ji Yeon Lim, Gul Rahman, Sang Youn Chae, Kwan Young Lee, Chang Soo Kim, Oh Shim Joo

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This work explores the opportunity to reduce the cost and enhance the stability of RuO2 as an oxygen evolution reaction catalyst by coating RuO2 on chemically stable SnO2 support. Nano-sized RuO2/SnO2 composites of different mass ratios of RuO2 to SnO2 (0.45:1, 0.67:1, and 1.07:1) were synthesized using solution-based hydrothermal method. The physicochemical properties of the RuO2/SnO2 were studied by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms. The electrochemical activity of RuO2/SnO2 as anode electrocatalyst was investigated in a proton exchange membrane (PEM) water electrolysis cell of Pt/C cathode and Nafion membrane. Experimental results showed that RuO2/SnO2 of ratio (1.07:1) exhibit higher electrochemical activity compared to pure RuO2, resulting ~50% reduction of noble metal content. The extended life test of electrocatalysts for 240 h implied that RuO2/SnO2 (1.07:1) significantly improved the stability of electrode in comparison to pure RuO2 in oxygen evolution processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)875-883
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Energy Research
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jun 10


  • Anode electrocatalysts
  • Hydrogen generation
  • Nanocomposites
  • Oxygen evolution reaction
  • PEM water electrolysisp
  • Ruthenium oxide
  • Stability
  • Tin oxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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