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Electrode surfaces in novel fuel cells

Fuel cells promise a clean and efficient way to produce electricity for industrial, domestic and transport applications. However, their uptake is currently limited by issues of cost and durability. ACAL Energy's FlowCath system eliminates 80% of the platinum from conventional Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells and sidesteps the significant degradation processes, but further development is needed to meet the efficiency and size requirements of a car. This project will contribute a detailed study of the core of the FlowCath system - the chemical and electrochemical interactions between catholyte and cathode - leading to improved understanding and development of new materials.

ACAL Energy Limited

ACAL Energy is a British clean power company with a revolutionary new approach to hydrogen fuel cell technology. The company's proprietary technology and design has created a new generation of cheaper, longer-lasting hydrogen fuel cells; their patented approach will change the future of automotive power trains and stationary power sources.

Researcher: Robert Smith

After graduating from the University of Liverpool with a masters degree in Chemistry in 2010, Robert Smith spent a year working as a lithium ion battery scientist. It was this work that sparked his fascination with electrochemistry. He jumped at the opportunity to work on the electrochemistry of novel fuel cells.

Project supervision

  • ACAL Energy Ltd
  • University of Liverpool

Fri 11 May 2012