Advanced nano-composite hybrid membranes and innovative electrocatalysts for fuel cell applications

Line of research
Research efforts are needed to meet efficiency and cost requirements for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells. Developing low-cost durable membranes and catalysts tolerating a wide range of conditions is challenging. In the search of high-temperature, low relative humidity electrolytes, we propose novel organic-inorganic composite membranes, formed by the incorporation of inorganic nanoparticles within a polymer matrix. Cost and CO tolerance of catalysts used for the redox reactions at the electrodes are also addressed, by developing Pt-free catalysts based on metal-macrocyclic compounds.
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