University of Belgrade

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Development, characterization and application of nanostructured and composite electrocatalysts and interactive supports for fuel cells and water electrolysis

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Project ID OI172054
Project Title Development, characterization and application of nanostructured and composite electrocatalysts and interactive supports for fuel cells and water electrolysis

Project Leader Dr Nedeljko Krstajić, Full Professor, Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade
IMSI Status Participates

Financial Source Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia


Category of Project Fundamental Research (OI)

 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Fuel cell technology offers an attractive combination of highly efficient fuel utilization and environmentally-friendly operations. The ideal fuel for optimum fuel cell operation is hydrogen, although various materials, such as low molecular alcohols that can undergo an oxidation reaction, can be used as a fuel for a fuel cell system. In low temperature fuel cells, such as polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs), in order to obtain sufficient electrical output, platinum-based catalysts must be used. However, further decrease of the amount of platinum-based catalyst and the increase of durability of PEMFCs have been recognized as the most important subjects to be overcome, before commercialization of the PEMFCs. Hydrogen production as a fuel is crucial for the development of the entire sector, and new CO2-free production from renewable and nuclear power is increasingly important. The key research issues of the project are:

• Development and characterization of new interactive catalyst supports with improved durability for fuel cells;

• Development of nano-sized catalysts based on platinum and non-platinum metals and metal oxides for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and hydrogen oxidation reaction (HOR), for acidic and alkaline solutions;

• Development of different non-noble composite electrocatalysts for hydrogen and oxygen evolution reaction for alkaline water electrolysis.


PROJECT DURATION

 

From: 01.01.2011.   To: 31.12.2014.

 

PARTNERS

 

►Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade

►Institute of Technical Sciences of SASA, Belgrade

►Institute of Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade

►Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, University of Belgrade

 

PARTICIPANTS


No. Participant Institution
1.
Dr Nedeljko Krstajić, full professorFaculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade
2.
Dr Vladimir Jović, research professorIMSI, University of Belgrade
3.
Dr Borka Jović, research professorIMSI, University of Belgrade
4.
Dr Nevenka Elezović, research professorIMSI, University of Belgrade
5.
Dr Uroš Lačnjevac, senior research fellow IMSI, University of Belgrade
6.
Dr Ljiljana Vračar, full professorFaculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade
7.
Dr Snežana Gojković, full professorFaculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade
8.
Dr Velimir Radmilović, research professorNanotechnology and Functional Materials Center, Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade
9.
Dr Ljiljana Gajić-Krstajić, senior research fellowInstitute of Technical Sciences of SASA, Belgrade
10.
Dr Biljana Babić, senior research fellowVinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, University of Belgrade
11.
Dr Maja Obradović, research fellowInstitute of Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade