New design and optimization of non-precious catalysts related to energy relevant reactions.

Fuel cells and electrolyzers are important for renewable energy conversion and storage. They are currently based on Proton Exchange Membrane (PEMs) operating at low pH which require large amounts of Platinum or other expensive precious metals to catalyze the half-cell reactions in fuel cells and electrolyzers. Non-precious metal catalysts are the most promising alternative. Different preparation strategies let to very promising activities for the oxygen reduction reaction and hydrogen evolution reaction (in both acidic and alkaline electrolyte). Based on this, we are searching for students who would like to focus in their theses on one of the following topics:

Topic 1: Synthesize and characterization of new Me(S)x/C catalyst for water splitting reactions


  • Ali Shahraei, L1|08 320, Tel: 25676

Topic 2: Synthesis and characterization of non-precious catalysts for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction