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Fuel Cells

Research areas

  • Low-temperature fuel cells. Low temperature fuel cells convert the energy of ecological fuels directly into electrical energy with high intrinsic efficiency. Our group focuses on construction and characterization of polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs) fueled directly by gaseous hydrogen or light organic molecules.
  • Electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction and hydrogen or light organic fuel oxidation. Oxygen reduction, hydrogen oxidation and light organic molecule oxidation are the most important current-generation processes employed in fuel cells. In order to build efficient and economically viable fuel cells, inexpensive, durable and active electrocatalysts are needed for these reactions. Our group synthesizes such electrocatalysts and tests them in fuel cells.


Experience

  • Construction of high-performance DMFC (direct methanol fuel cell) and H2-PEFC (hydrogen-fueled polymer electrolyte fuel cell) fuel cells.
  • Construction of fuel cell-type reactors for making hydrogen peroxide and hydroxylamine sulfate.
  • Mathematical modeling of electrochemical reactors.
  • Building and programming custom electrochemical test stations.


Contact

Piotr Piela, Ph.D., Prof. of ICRI

phone +48 22 568 29 08

e-mail: piotr.piela(at)ichp.pl



Wojciech Tokarz, D. Sc., Chem. Eng.

phone +48 22 568 29 08

e-mail wojciech.tokarz(at)ichp.pl