Prof. Junliang Zhang
Project Description and Objectives
A burgeoning global demand for clean, efficient, and sustainable energy sources makes fuel cells, especially hydrogen-based proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs), has led to increased attention in alternatives to fossil-fuel-based power sources. A key component of PEMFC is the electrocatalyst, which catalyze the oxygen reduction reaction and directly determines the fuel cell performance. Platinum is the mostly used electrocatalyst, however, it suffers from the high cost and low reserve issue that limits its widespread application. Therefore, the development of alternative materials to replace platinum is necessary.
This project aims to introduce the basic design principle of electrocatalyst for fuel cells, and to practice the design, preparation and optimization of high performance novel electrocatalysts.
Interested students should have a basic knowledge of chemical engineering or material science.
Finish a research report.
Give two research presentations (a. references review; b. technical presentation).