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Novel Method Developed to Hunt for Fuel Cell Catalyst

April 5th, 2011 ›


A major challenge for developing next-generation fuel cells, which generate electricity by combining hydrogen and oxygen, is developing catalysts that are cheaper and longer-lasting alternatives to those based on platinum. A search for alternative catalyst materials among binary and ternary compounds is underway, but the variety of these compounds is virtually infinite. To make the problem more tractable, researchers at the Energy Materials Center at Cornell (EMC2) have developed a novel technique to screen thousands of potential catalyst materials in parallel.

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