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novel CATAlyst structures employing Pt at Ultra Low and zero loadings for auTomotive MEAs

Objective

"Project CATAPULT proposes to develop a radically new concept for automotive PEM fuel cell catalysts based on novel structures wherein platinum is deposited as an extremely thin layer ( <3 nm) on corrosion resistant supports of various morphologies, including particulate, nanofibrous and nanotubular, as well as ""nano-hierarchical"" combinations of these. In this approach, platinum is deposited using atomic layer deposition as thin, contiguous and conformal films that allow development of extended platinum or platinum alloy surfaces. Non-PGM catalysts will be developed via the tailored synthesis of metal-organic frameworks for their use either sacrificially to generate the C/N support for non-PGM species, or directly as a non-PGM catalyst. Hybrid ultra-low Pt/non-PGM catalysts and catalyst layers will also be investigated as a further novel approach. Increased fundamental understanding from supporting theoretical modelling will provide guidance to the strategies developed experimentally and to the down-selection of the new corrosion-resistant supports and their supported catalyst designs. Down-selected catalysts will be integrated into novel electrode designs and into MEAs incorporating state of the art membranes best adapted for automotive power trains, and evaluated according to protocols reproducing the stresses encountered in a drive cycle. The candidate MEA best satisfying performance and stability targets will be scaled-up for further assessment at large MEA and short stack levels. Techno-economic assessment will consider the scale up processability, and the impact of MEA performance and durability on stack costs. The well-balanced partnership, comprising two large industries (including an automotive OEM), two SMEs, two research organisations and two universities, will ensure close cooperation between industrial and institute partners, know-how, experience, research leadership, complementarity and industrial relevance."

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/film
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fuel cell

Call for proposal

FCH-JU-2012-1
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Funding Scheme

JTI-CP-FCH - Joint Technology Initiatives - Collaborative Project (FCH)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITE DE MONTPELLIER
Address
163 Rue Auguste Broussonnet
34090 Montpellier
France
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 302 777,57
Administrative Contact
Jean-Michel Portefaix (Mr.)

Participants (9)

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Participation ended

Finland
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pertti Kauranen (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE MONTPELLIER 2 SCIENCES ET TECHNIQUES

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 91 911,43
Address
Place Eugene Bataillon 2
34095 Montpellier
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jean-Michel Portefaix (Mr.)
JOHNSON MATTHEY FUEL CELLS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 450 891
Address
Farringdon Street 25
EC4A 4AB London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Graham Hards (Mr.)
VOLKSWAGEN AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 155 039
Address
Berliner Ring 2
38440 Wolfsburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gerold Hübner (Dr.)
BENEQ OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 356 014
Address
Olarinluoma 9
02200 Espoo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pasi Meriläinen (Dr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 308 546
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Katrin Hörmann (Ms.)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 356 310
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pirjo Heikkilä (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAET ULM
Germany
EU contribution
€ 159 366
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 16
89081 Ulm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michaela Schuhmacher (Ms.)
PRETEXO
France
EU contribution
€ 74 835
Address
58 Avenue D'occitanie Bat J2 Apt 193
34090 Montpellier
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Cros (Dr.)