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Development of anode/cathode materials for fuel cells

The research and development of the alternative power supply sources and the improvement of their performance are extensively studied worldwide. Such a research is important from both fundamental and practical aspects in order to better understanding the mechanistic details of the ongoing electrocatalytic reactions. The aim of the work - the fabrication of efficient anode/cathode catalysts, their characterization and application for fuel cells. In this work, the multifunctional catalysts will be created by employing non-noble metals (e.g. Ni, Cu, Fe) foams, which have a high surface areas. The surface morphology, structure and composition of the prepared catalysts will be investigated in detail using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), X-ray energy dispersive analysis (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy ( ICP-OES). Electrocatalytic activity of the prepared anode catalysts will be evaluated towards sodium borohydride and/or hydrazine, glucose, etc. oxidation reactions and cathode catalysts will be evaluated for the oxygen reduction reaction by means of cyclic voltammetry (CV), chronoamperometry (CA), chronopotentiometry (CP), and rotating disk electrode (RDE).
 
For more information, please contact the theme supervisor A. Balčiūnaitė