Activity of fuel cell catalysts doubled

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The first authors of the project in their laboratory at the Catalysis Research C
The first authors of the project in their laboratory at the Catalysis Research Center (CRC) of TUM: Batyr Garlyyev, Kathrin Kratzl and Marlon Rück (f.l.t.r.) Image: A. Eckert / TUM
Fuel cells may well replace batteries as the power source for electric cars. They consume hydrogen, a gas which could be produced for example using surplus electricity from wind power plants. However, the platinum used in fuel cells is rare and extremely expensive, which has been a limiting factor in applications up to now.

A research team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) led by Roland Fischer, Professor for Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry, Aliaksandr Bandarenka, Physics of Energy Conversion and Storage and Alessio Gagliardi, Professor for Simulation of Nanosystems for Energy Conversion, has now optimized the size of the platinum particles to such a degree that the particles perform at levels twice as high as the best processes commercially available today. ...
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