Synthesis, Processing & Manufacturing

ElectroCat has numerous techniques available for synthesis and post-synthesis processing of PGM-free catalysts in high-surface-area form or as planar model systems, and fabrication of electrode layers and membrane electrode assemblies.

High Surface Area Catalysts
Synthesis of PGM-free catalysts using methods such as tuning of precursor solution chemistry, spray-pyrolysis, electrospinning, freeze drying, controlled synthesis of carbon nanostructures, high-temperature pyrolysis , sputtering onto high surface area supports, and implanting heteroatoms into powders

Model Systems Synthesis
Synthesis of planar model electrocatalyst systems using techniques such as doping of heteroatoms into graphite substrates, depositions of multi-element thin films of nanoparticles using physical vapor deposition

Fabrication of Electrodes & Assemblies
Catalyst-ionomer ink deposition on membranes or gas diffusion layers with an ultrasonic spray coating system and roll-to-roll manufacturing for larger-scale electrodes and cells

Characterization & Testing

ElectroCat has a wide array of capabilities characterize the composition, structure, and performance of high-surface-area PGM-free catalyst powders, catalyst-ionomer inks, electrode layers, membrane electrode assemblies, and thin film model catalysts.

Materials Characterization
Instruments and expertise to characterize the elemental composition, phase composition, atomic structure, surface area, particle size and pore size distributions, and oxidation state of PGM-free catalyst precursors and catalysts in powder form, catalyst synthesis solutions, and catalyst-ionomer inks

Electrode/Cell Characterization & Diagnostics
Equipment and expertise in catalytic activity in a fuel cell and electrode performance, composition and composition spatial distribution, and nano- and micro-structure characterization

Model Systems Characterization
Techniques and expertise in characterizing the crystallographic structure and growth modes of the thin films and substrates and changes in surface chemistry during film growth or surface functionalization

Computation, Modeling & Data Management

ElectroCat’s experimental synthesis and characterization efforts are guided and complemented by computational and modeling capabilities at the catalyst, electrode, and membrane electrode assembly levels, as well as by data management expertise.

Catalyst Modeling
Modeling structure-function relationships, including active site identification and modeling of structural characterization results

Electrode/Fuel Cell Performance Modeling
Computational methods and models are available to characterize the kinetic and transport behavior of PGM-free electrodes and to design experiments and characterization to provide cell voltage loss analysis

Data Management
Handling and correlating experimental laboratory data and managing high-throughput materials simulation data

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