Small traces of oxygen can deactivate the molecular catalysts that are incorporated in fuel cells. A team of researchers from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), the Max-Planck-Institute for Energy Conversion in Mülheim and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratories in Washington, U.S.A., is able to equip such a catalyst with a self-defense mechanism against molecular oxygen. Hydrogen […]

Northwestern University researchers have combined a high-activity cathode with a new composition of matter making a fuel cell that operates at 500º C. This temperature is a commercialization sweet spot. The team of researchers led by Northwestern University professor and fuel cell pioneer Sossina Haile has created a new fuel cell offering both exceptional power […]

Idaho National Laboratory scientist have developed advances in a fuel cell technology powered by solid carbon that could make electricity generation from coal and biomass cleaner and more efficient. Innovations in the anode, the electrolyte and the fuel allow the fuel cell to utilize more carbon, operate at lower temperatures and show higher maximum power […]

University of California – Riverside (UCR) researchers have now described the development of an inexpensive, efficient catalyst material for a type of fuel cell called a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell. The new cell turns the chemical energy of hydrogen into electricity and is among the most promising fuel cell types to power cars and […]

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 […]

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