Rice University scientists show in simulations how carbon nanomaterials may be optimized to replace the expensive platinum in cathodes for electricity-generating fuel cells. The plan is for nitrogen doped carbon nanotubes or modified graphene nanoribbons to be suitable replacements for platinum for fast oxygen reduction, the key reaction in fuel cells that transform chemical energy […]

University of Surrey scientists have produced a non-metal electro-catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells that could pave the way for production of low-cost, environmentally friendly energy generation. In a study published in the Journal of Power Sources, the team from Surrey worked with colleagues from Queen Mary University of London to create low-cost carbon based electro-catalysts […]

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab experiments help scientists shed light on fuel-cell physics. Scientists looking for the right balance of moisture and temperature in a specialized type of hydrogen fuel cell have used X-rays to explore the inner workings of its components at tiny scales. Like a well-tended greenhouse garden, a specialized type of hydrogen fuel […]

A Sandia National Lab team has developed a new optical device that helps researchers image pollutants in combusting fuel sprays that might lead to clearer skies in the future. The optical setup can now quantify the formation of soot – particulate matter consisting primarily of carbon – as a function of time and space for […]

University of Delaware (UD) scientists have created a new technology that could make fuel cells cheaper and more durable. Hydrogen-powered fuel cells are a green alternative to internal combustion engines because they produce power through electrochemical reactions, leaving no pollution behind and are far more efficient. Platinum is the most common catalyst in the type […]

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