Low temperature fuel cells are being studied to facilitate their route to market in a range of portable applications from mobile phones to vehicles.
A range of challenges have prevented the widespread adoption of fuel cell technologies across energy generation sectors. A significant portion of these challenges are related to the materials incorporated in a fuel cell being either very expensive (eg platinum) or non-ideal (eg Nafion in Direct Methanol Fuel Cells). The aim of the research is to utilise novel materials and synthetic approaches to try and tackle these issues. Organophobic materials have been incorporated into membranes to selectively repel methanol and novel structures such as graphene, graphene oxide and graphene supported nobel metals are being trialled to demonstrate if the reported enhancements are effective in a fuel cell environment. The work is closely linked to the Graphene Institute along with Prof Peter Budd in Chemistry, Dr Flor Siperstein and Dr Paola Carbone in CEAS and Dr Sarah Haig in Materials Science.
Please contact one of the following academic staff for further details of current research activity: Stuart Holmes, Flor Siperstein, Paola Carbone.