- Research Grants
|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|
|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.