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Platinum Companies Don’t Want Kodak Moment for Fuel Cells

According to an article in Reuters, Platinum companies have been investing heavily in fuel cells for the past few years hoping that hydrogen fuel cell autos will take off, increasing demand for the rare metal. The companies are worried that gasoline and diesel hybrids and battery electric autos may thwart …

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Graphene Quantum Dots Better Than Platinum in Fuel Cells

Researchers at Rice University have discovered that graphene quantum dots (GQDs) serve as better catalysts in fuel cells than does platinum. And the quantum nanodots are made from (cover your eyes fossil fuel rejectionists) coal. According to Rice, “The Rice lab of chemist James Tour created dots known as GQDs …

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Platinum on the Chopping Block in Fuel Cells

In two separate stories today, platinum is either being drastically reduced or eliminated altogether in hydrogen fuel cells. In the first case, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) has reduced the amount of platinum used in a fuel cell by five times in a recent experiment. According to PSI, “An international …

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Halogenated Graphene Nanoplatelets for Platinum-Free Fuel Cells

Yesterday I had talked about nitrogen doped autobon nanotubes for fuel cells which is a platinum-free invention created by the researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Today I would like to talk about how researchers in Korea, at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), invented edge-halogenated …

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Is Iron the New Platinum?

Is iron the new platinum? Two new research studies seem to think so. Now, I’ve talked about iron many times over the years as one of the platinum-free elements in fuel cells and during electrolysis to produce hydrogen. Two different research teams from the Canada and the U. S. have …

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Unzipped Carbon Nanotubes to Replace Platinum in Fuel Cells

Researchers at Stanford University in Northern California have developed what they are calling “unzipped autobon nanotubes” to replace catalytic platinum in fuel cells. Today’s price of platinum is between $1400 and $1500 per ounce. Carbon nanotubes and graphene, on the other hand, are relatively cheap to produce. This low price …

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Platinum Free Fuel Cell Developed by LANL Researchers

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) have developed a platinum free fuel cell that uses autobon, iron and cobalt on the cathode end of the PEM hydrogen fuel cell. With platinum currently priced at $1,800 per ounce this element is one of the major costs when producing fuel cells. …

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Nanocrystals May Replace Platinum in Fuel Cells

Nanocrystals of Titanium Dioxide (TIO2) a solid acid CsHSO4 may one day replace platinum in fuel cells bringing down costs considerably. Now, I’ve talked about platinum in fuel cells many times in the past as one of the contributing factors to driving up costs and stalling the rollout of …

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