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Article | Scientific result | Bio-inspired catalysis
Researchers at the SCBM have participated in the optimization of a bio-inspired catalyst anode developed by teams from IRIG (CEA, Grenoble). In particular, they have contributed to the fine control of the catalyst surface concentration.
Bio-inspired molecular catalysts could replace the platinum currently used in fuel cell anodes at a lower cost and thus remove a financial obstacle to the development of electricity production from hydrogen.
To be effective, these catalysts must be immobilized on their support while maintaining a mobile and flexible structure, which is essential for their catalytic function. Teams from IRIG have developed an optimized bio-inspired catalyst anode using nano-characterization techniques to precisely observe its surface.
With the help of a team from SCBM (MTS department) specialized in the chemical functionalization of nanomaterials, they were able to finely control the catalyst surface concentration and gained a factor of 20 in efficiency compared to their previous results.
Schild J, Reuillard B, Morozan A, Chenevier P,
Doris E and Artero V. Approaching industrially relevant current densities for hydrogen oxidation with a bioinspired molecular catalytic material. |Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2021
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.