Smart Catalysts for Tailored Hydrogen Technologies

Catalysts have a major role to play for the energy transition, for instance for the production of green hydrogen. Using tiny nanoparticles significantly accelerates the reactions taking place in energy converters. The so called metal exsolution offers a way to fabricate such nanoparticles in a direct and very controlled way.

A mechanistic breakthrough was recently achieved at Forschungszentrum Jülich, enabled by the synergy of expertise of the Institute of Energy- and Climate Research (IEK-1) and Peter Grünberg Institute (PGI-7). In the framework of a collaborative doctoral project funded directly by the board of directors, the research teams around energy researcher Dr. Christian Lenser (IEK-1) and materials physicist Dr. Felix Gunkel (PGI-7), in collaboration with Charles University in Prague, where able to elucidate fundamental processes during the formation of the nanoparticles. Lead author and laureate of the prestigious Jülicher Exzellenzpreis Dr. Moritz L. Weber was able to develop and experimentally verify a model that illustrates how the properties of the nanoparticles depend on the electrostatic interaction with the underlying functional material.

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Last Modified: 16.01.2024