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A Lecture by Boštjan Genorio, PhD
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 00:00
ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE PUBLIC – A LECTURE BY BOŠTJAN GENORIO ENTITLED A SELECTIVE HYBRID CATALYST BASED ON PLATINUM AND ORGANIC MOLECULES FOR REACTIONS OF PEM FUEL CELLS

Time: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 17:30
Place: The large lecture room at the National Institute of Chemistry (Hajdrihova 19, Ljubljana)
Organisers: The Centre of Excellence for Low-Carbon Technologies (CoE LCT) and the National Institute of Chemistry
Lecturer: Boštjan Genorio, PhD, Faculty of chemistry and Chemical Technology and CoE LCT

Besides batteries, PEM fuel cells are the most likely candidate for driving aggregates of vehicles. With the wide use of fuel cells in the automotive industry, countries such as Slovenia could decrease their dependence on fossil fuels and also meet ecological requirements since this is a very clean technology. The product of a reaction in fuel cells is water. One of the main problems and reasons why fuel cells are not yet in general use is the stability of the system operation.

Large corporations have been tackling with this problem for decades and have yet to solve it completely. With a new approach developed by the associates from the Centre of Excellence for Low-Carbon Technologies, the University of Ljubljana, the National Institute of Chemistry and Argonne National Laboratory, they have managed to improve the stability of the system of PEM fuel cells at the laboratory level. The essence of the discovery is that with specially designed organic molecules on a platinum catalyst, which is the "heart" of the fuel cell, one can extend the lifespan of PEM fuel cells.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Rada Drnovšek, coordinator at CoE LCT
Phone: 01 47 60 414
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