Brookhaven Lab researchers develop catalyst for extracting electrical energy from ethanol

June 10, 2019 |

In New York state, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and the University of Arkansas have developed a highly efficient catalyst for extracting electrical energy from ethanol, an easy-to-store liquid fuel that can be generated from renewable resources. The catalyst, described in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, steers the electro-oxidation of ethanol down an ideal chemical pathway that releases the liquid fuel’s full potential of stored energy.

The new catalyst—which combines reactive elements in a unique core-shell structure that Brookhaven scientists have been exploring for a range of catalytic reactions—speeds up all of these steps.

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