Reports from National Research Council of Canada Add New Data to Findings in Chalcogens (A Review of Graphene-Based Nanostructural Materials for Both Catalyst Supports and Metal-Free Catalysts in PEM Fuel Cell Oxygen Reduction Reactions)
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Current study results on Chalcogens have been published. According to news reporting originating from Vancouver, Canada, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "A comprehensive overview and description of graphene-based nanomaterials explored in recent years for catalyst supports and metal-free catalysts for polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell oxygen reduction reactions (ORR) is presented. The catalyst material structures/morphologies, material selection, and design for synthesis, catalytic performance, catalytic mechanisms, and theoretical approaches for catalyst down-selection and catalyzed ORR mechanisms are emphasized with respect to the performance of ORR catalysts in terms of both activity and stability."
Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from the National Research Council of Canada, "When graphene-based materials, including graphene and doped graphene, are used as the supporting materials for both Pt/Pt alloy catalysts and non-precious metal catalyst, the resulting ORR catalysts can give superior catalyst activity and stability compared to those of conventional carbon-supported catalysts; when they are used as metal-free ORR catalysts, significant catalytic activity and stability are observed. The nitrogen-doped graphene materials even show superior performance compared to supported metal catalysts."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Challenges including the lack of material mass production, unoptimized catalyst structure/morphology, insufficient fundamental understanding, and testing tools/protocols for performance optimization and validation are identified, and approaches to address these challenges are suggested."
For more information on this research see: A Review of Graphene-Based Nanostructural Materials for Both Catalyst Supports and Metal-Free Catalysts in PEM Fuel Cell Oxygen Reduction Reactions. Advanced Energy Materials, 2014;4(8):48-72. Advanced Energy Materials can be contacted at: Wiley-V C H Verlag Gmbh, Boschstrasse 12, D-69469 Weinheim, Germany. (Wiley-Blackwell - www.wiley.com/; Advanced Energy Materials - onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1614-6840)
The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting X.J. Zhou, Natl Res Council Canada, NRC Energy Min & Environm, Vancouver, BC V6T 1W5, Canada. Additional authors for this research include J.L. Qiao, L. Yang and J.J. Zhang (see also Chalcogens).
Keywords for this news article include: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, North and Central America, Chalcogens, Energy, Fuel Cell, Oil & Gas
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