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Fuel cell testing laboratory

The technique of testing catalysts in a full cell setup is valuable for assessing factors that significantly impact fuel cell operation but cannot be evaluated using the (R)RDE setup alone. Besides characterization of real-world catalyst performance, it provides information on water management, transport of reactants and products, catalyst utilization and durability, membrane properties, and other critical aspects of fuel cell performance. This technique is used for understanding the effects of uneven gas distribution, contact resistance, gas crossover, self-humidification performance, and electrode gas permeability, which are essential for developing durable fuel cells on a large scale.

When is this technique useful?

This technique can be found particularity useful when:

  • one needs to assess real-world performance of catalyst selected by (R)RDE method.
  • optimization of catalyst layer and membrane electrode assembly components for the best performance.
  • estimation of performance of various fuel cell components as membrane, gas diffusion layer, catalyst layer in real conditions.
  • accelerated stress tests of fuel cell components (catalyst layer, membrane)
  • identification of potential/existing problems in fuel cell is needed.

Offered cell setup

We offer fuel cell testing of HOR/ORR catalyst using single-cell, short-stack and full stack setups. Measurements can be performed on acidic or alkaline MEAs prepared by user or using facilities of HTC. Single cell setup can configured for different active areas in low-temperature (less than 80°C) and high-temperature (up to 200°C) configurations. Various components of MEA such as gas diffusion layers, catalyst coated and uncoated membranes, ionomers, etc., can be expensively tested in different gas humidities and cell temperature.

Available equipment

  • High temperature cell (up to 200°C):

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  • Low temperature (less than 80°C) fuel cell short stack:

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  • Low/High temperature single cell testing stations:

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  • Fuel Cell Poisoning Module (LeanCat):

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  • SP150 potentiostat with 10A booster (Biologic)
  • PTC0520e potentiostat (
  • Electronic loads BK8500b, Maynuo M9711, M9713

Test stations specifications

Cell hardware available

Coating techniques



Dr. Yurii Yakovlev

Assistant Professor
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