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Development of Pd and Nb electrocatalysts for application in fuel cells and degradation of organic pollutants

Grant number: 18/26307-9
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2019
Effective date (End): January 31, 2020
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry - Physical-Chemistry
Principal researcher:Mauro Coelho dos Santos
Grantee:Paula Böhnstedt
Home Institution: Centro de Ciências Naturais e Humanas (CCNH). Universidade Federal do ABC (UFABC). Ministério da Educação (Brasil). Santo André , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:17/10118-0 - Study and application of electrochemical technology for the analysis and degradation of endocrine interferents: materials, sensors, processes and scientific dissemination, AP.TEM


This project will address the synthesis of palladium (Pd) nanostructured electrocatalysts and/or Niobium (Nb) supported on Printex 6L and/or Vulcan XC72 carbon applied to electro-oxidation of glycerol in basic media for application to fuel cells (CaC), and still, applying them in the hydrogenation of hydrogen peroxide by Reduction Reaction Oxygen (RRO), for later application in oxidative electrochemical processes(PEOAs), aiming at the degradation of organic pollutants. The electrocatalysts will be synthesized by the method of Chemical Reduction via Sodium Borohydride (NaBH 4). For physical characterization, the following analyzes will be carried out: Electron Microscopy Scanning System (SEM); X-ray diffraction (XRD); Energy Spectroscopy Dispersive (EDS); Inductively Coupled Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). In addition, the electrochemical characterization and electrocatalytic activity study for electro-oxidationglycerol by means of Cyclic Voltammetries (VC) and Chronoamperometry (CA), and for the of hydrogen peroxide by the rotary disc-ring electrode technique (RRDE) and Gas Diffusion Electrodes (EDGs). Will be quantified the generation of hydrogen peroxide by UV-Vis Absorption Spectrophotometry. Finally, these electrocatalysts will be applied to alkaline fuel cells and PEOAs aiming at the degradation of organic pollutants.

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Scientific publications (5)
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KOMATSU, JENNY S.; SOUZA, FELIPE M.; PINHEIRO, VICTOR S.; BOHNSTEDT, PAULA; DE PAPE, POL W. G.; MANDELLI, DALMO; SANTOS, MAURO C.; CARVALHO, WAGNER A. Cotton fabric derived alpha Fe magnetic porous carbon as electrocatalyst for alkaline direct ethanol fuel cell. CATALYSIS TODAY, v. 381, p. 65-75, DEC 1 2021. Web of Science Citations: 1.
SOUZA, FELIPE M.; LIMA, THAYS S.; BOHNSTEDT, PAULA; PINHEIRO, VICTOR S.; BATISTA, BRUNO L.; PARREIRA, LUANNA S.; SIMOES, FABIO R.; CODOGNOTO, LUCIA; HAMMER, PETER; SANTOS, MAURO C. Fast and Inexpensive Synthesis of Multilayer Graphene Used as Pd Support in Alkaline Direct Ethanol Fuel Cell Anode. ELECTROCATALYSIS, SEP 2021. Web of Science Citations: 0.
PINHEIRO, VICTOR S.; SOUZA, FELIPE M.; GENTIL, TUANI C.; NASCIMENTO, ALINE N.; BOHNSTEDT, PAULA; PARREIRA, LUANNA S.; PAZ, EDSON C.; HAMMER, PETER; SAIRRE, I, MIRELA; BATISTA, BRUNO L.; SANTOS, MAURO C. Sn-containing electrocatalysts with a reduced amount of palladium for alkaline direct ethanol fuel cell applications. RENEWABLE ENERGY, v. 158, p. 49-63, OCT 2020. Web of Science Citations: 8.
MOURA SOUZA, F.; BOHNSTEDT, P.; PINHEIRO, V. S.; OLIVEIRA, L. A.; BATISTA, B. L.; PARREIRA, L. S.; ANTUNES, R. A.; SANTOS, M. C. Niobium increasing the electrocatalytic activity of palladium for alkaline direct ethanol fuel cell. JOURNAL OF ELECTROANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY, v. 858, FEB 1 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
SOUZA, FELIPE M.; BOHNSTEDT, PAULA; PINHEIRO, VICTOR S.; PAZ, EDSON C.; PARREIRA, LUANNA S.; BATISTA, BRUNO L.; SANTOS, MAURO C. Niobium Enhances Electrocatalytic Pd Activity in Alkaline Direct Glycerol Fuel Cells. CHEMELECTROCHEM, v. 6, n. 21, p. 5396-5406, OCT 31 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.

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