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Investigation of non-precious metal based catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction, to be used as cathode material on PEMFCs

Grant number: 09/17158-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2010
Effective date (End): December 31, 2011
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry - Physical-Chemistry
Principal Investigator:Paulo Olivi
Grantee:Thiago Lopes
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto (FFCLRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil


Over the past decade, significant effort has been made worldwide to develop hydrogen-air proton exchange membrane fuel cells for transportation and stationary power applications. Vehicle test data suggest1 that the U.S. Department of Energy targets for this year for hydrogen storage can be achieved. Accordingly, the only remaining barrier for the commercialization of PEM fuel cells for transportation is the development of inexpensive and durable catalysts of oxygen reduction reaction2 (ORR). Recent breakthroughs in ORR catalysis3,4 indicate that the commercialization of PEM fuel cells, while still to be seen, is closer than ever in the past. The proposed research will focus on the new, most promising class of ORR catalysts, based on polymer/transition metal composite materials and will introduce this new subject to the Brazilian scientific environment.

Scientific publications
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
LOPES, THIAGO; OLIVI, PAULO. Non-precious Metal Oxygen Reduction Reaction Catalysts Synthesized Via Cyanuric Chloride and N-Ethylamine. ELECTROCATALYSIS, v. 5, n. 4, p. 396-401, OCT 2014. Web of Science Citations: 5.

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