The primary objective of the proposal is the development of a chip integrated hydrogen generator based on polymer electrolyte membrane water electrolysis with on-board hydrogen storage and an option for a bi-functional operation (as a unitized regenerative microfuel cell). The output of the generated hydrogen should be high enough to feed up to 50 mW.cm-2 microfuel cell at continuous operation, while enabling hydrogen storage capable to compete the conventional secondary batteries. The goal will be achieved by application of novel cost efficient nanostructured materials with enhanced catalytic activity and long durability, innovative technology for membrane electrode assembling based on microsystem processes, and precisely controlled reactant supply. The possibility for reverse operation of the system (as microfuel cell) will be addressed through deposition of composite bifunctional catalytic films and corresponding design modifications, including incorporation of hydrogen storage in the developed MEMS. The long term goal is the realisation of an integrated hydrogen generation–storage–power micro system for autonomous energy supply of wireless electronic devices. The host organisation (HO) has a high competence and internationally recognised achievements in the field of microsystem technology, proven by development and fabrication of variety of sensors, microfluidic, and medical devices. The researcher (R) is an experienced scientist with expertise in electrochemical material testing, electro catalysis, and hydrogen energy conversion. The competence of HO and R complement one another in an ideal way, building a strong basis for successful realisation of the project goals. The researcher will have excellent opportunity to acquire new theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the field of microsystem technology. These will promote the Researcher’s future career and help her to establish a Microelectroichemistry Laboratory in Bulgaria.
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