Rice University scientists combined graphene quantum dots drawn from common anthracite coal with graphene oxide, nitrogen and boron into a catalyst for fuel cells that outperforms the expensive rare earth platinum. In a fuel cell application the graphene quantum dots grab onto graphene platelets like barnacles attach themselves to the hull of a boat. The [...]

Washington State University (WSU) researchers have developed the first fuel cell that can directly convert jet fuel or gasoline to electricity. If the fuel cell will scale up economically that could take the 30 mpg automobile beyond 100 mpg. Its a dramatically more energy efficient way to create electric power for planes or cars. The [...]

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft researchers have developed a compact, safe and sturdy fuel cell system that generates electricity and heat in private households from natural gas. The new fuel cell converts chemical energy directly into electrical energy in a design developed as a simple device for home use. If the design is scaleable it might be a market [...]

PNNL researchers have captured a view of a catalyst inspired by the inside structure of a natural protein called a hydrogenase enzyme holding onto the two halves of its hydrogen food. The research benefit goes to a fuel cell catalyst that converts hydrogen into electricity that must tear open a hydrogen molecule. The PBBL results [...]

Matthias Arenz has built and tested a number of catalysts and is showing he can generate the same amount of electricity in a fuel cell with just a fifth of the platinum.  If the technology can be commercialized it would be a huge financial advantage. Arenz, an associate professor at the Department of Chemistry, University [...]

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