Researchers in the Netherlands develop a novel structure for a platinum-nickel alloy catalyst that is 20X more effective than current platinum catalysts

November 19, 2019 |

In the Netherlands, researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology— alongside researchers from China, Singapore, and Japan— have successfully developed a nickel and platinum catalyst with 20X higher activity than the platinum equivalent. The researchers oriented the alloy into hollow nanocages that drastically increase the surface area of the catalyst, and therefore its electrical production potential. In order to ensure the durability of the catalyst, the researchers put the catalyst through 50,000 “laps” in a fuel cell and saw a negligible decrease in activity. The catalysis professor at Eindhoven hopes this development improves the deployment feasibility of small scale electrolyzers so that they may be present in every neighborhood creating a source of clean energy. 

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