Progress of Cryogenics and Isotopes Separation , ISSN: 1582-2575
2010, Volume 13, Issue 2

Modified Gas Diffusion Layer for Fuel Cells Synthesized by Pulsed Laser Ablation

Daniela Ebrașu 1 , Gabriela Dorcioman 2 , Ionut Enculescu 3 , Nicolae Serban 2 , Emil Axente 2 , Felix Sima 2 , Carmen Ristoscu 2 , Ioan N. Mihailescu 2 , Ioan Stefanescu 1

1 National Institute for Research and Development for Cryogenics and Isotopic Technologies - ICIT Rm. Valcea, Uzinei Street no. 4, P.O. Box Raureni 7, 240050, Ramnicu Valcea, Romania
2 Lasers Department, National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiations Physics, 409 Atomistilor Street, PO Box MG-54, RO-77125, Magurele, Ilfov, Romania
3 National Institute of Materials Physics, 105 Bis Atomistilor Street, RO-77125, Magurele, Ilfov, Romania

*Corresponding author: Daniela Ebrasu,  e-mail:

Published: October 2010


In this paper are presented  the first results regarding the  development of a modified gas diffusion layer for fuel cells consisting of a simple or teflonized carbon cloth pulsed laser deposited with metal oxide nanostructures designed to operate both as co-catalyst, and oxidic support for other electrochemically active catalysts. We selected TiO2, ZnO and Al2O3 doped (2 wt.%) ZnO which were uniformly distributed over the surface of gas diffusion layers in order to improve the catalytic activity, stability and lifetime, and reduce the production costs of proton exchange membrane fuel cells. We evidenced by scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy that our depositions consisted of TiO2 nanoparticles while in the case of ZnO and Al2O3 doped (2 wt.%) ZnO transparent quasi-continuous films were synthesized.


Fuel cells, cathode catalyst, nanoparticles, pulsed laser ablation, metallic oxides.


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