University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have identified the active form of an iron-containing catalyst for reducing oxygen gas, the element in a fuel cell that slows the process. Fuel cells have long held promise as power sources, but low efficiency from oxygen presence creates an obstacle to realizing the potential. The finding could help […]

A newly discovered polymer-based material could bridge the gap between the operating temperature ranges of two existing types of polymer fuel cells. The breakthrough offers the potential of a new class of fuel cells to accelerate the commercialization of low-cost fuel cells for automotive and stationary applications. The Los Alamos National Laboratory team, in collaboration […]

University of Wisconsin-Madison chemical engineers have demystified some of the complex catalytic chemistry in fuel cells – an advance that brings cost-effective fuel cells closer to reality. The applied skill set used a unique combination of advanced computational methods. Manos Mavrikakis, a UW-Madison professor of chemical and biological engineering sets out the parameter with, “Understanding […]

Iowa State University researchers have demonstrated a proof-of-concept three-dimensional paper-based microbial fuel cell (MFC) that could take advantage of capillary action to guide the liquids through the MFC system and eliminate the need of external power. The research team’s study paper has been published in the current issue of the journal TECHNOLOGY. The paper-based MFC […]

Harvard researchers have found a way to harness the quantum behavior of fuel cells to make them even more robust and efficient. The discovery provided a new observation of a new type of phase transition in an oxide material. Solid oxide fuel cells, which rely on low- cost ceramic materials, are among the most efficient […]

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