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October 2018

CME researchers from University of Wisconsin-Madison report new fuel cell concept

Paper shows remarkable progress on fuel cells using molecular mediators

Researchers from the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis (CME) – Shannon Stahl and Thatcher Root – published a paper October 3 in the new energy journal Joule titled “Quinone-Mediated Electrochemical O2 Reduction Accessing High Power Density with an Off-Electrode Co-N/C Catalyst.”

The paper details their work in designing a fuel cell using cheaper materials and an organic compound that shuttles electrons and protons. Stahl led the study in collaboration with fellow University of Wisconsin–Madison team professor, Root.

“This paper shows remarkable progress on fuel cells using molecular mediators, an important concept that is one of the main thrusts of research in our renewed funding for the CME,” said CME Director Morris Bullock.

To read a summary of the paper, click here.

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