University of Delaware engineers tackle challenges for electrolyzer technologies

January 19, 2022 |

In Delaware, University of Delaware engineers and colleagues at Louisiana State University (LSU) are collaborating to tackle the one hurdle that keeps promising CO2 electrolyzer technologies in academic laboratories rather than being scaled for industrial use — where they could make a dent in our carbon dioxide emission problem — is that the critical materials needed for the job, including membranes and catalysts, aren’t yet durable or efficient enough to operate over long periods of time.

A main goal of the collaborative project is to co-develop an efficient CO2 electrolyzer that can produce ethylene, a widely used chemical building block found in everything from plastics to PVC pipes, textiles to tires. The work is funded through a $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NSF EPSCoR) program. A total $1.9 million of the funding was awarded directly to UD.

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