Hydrogen Utilization Processes

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Hydrogen Utilization Processes

Overview

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Fuel Cell Evaluation Systems

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Carbon-free Electrocatalyst for PEFC

Fuel cells are promising environmentally-compatible technologies for this century. For technological development and their commercialization, however, various scientific as well as engineering aspects should be clarified and established. Our laboratory, the Hydrogen Utilization Processes Laboratory, wishes to contribute to this promising technological field, based on more than 20 years of research experience in the field of fuel cell technology. So far, we have built up the highest level research gacilities in Japan, and our own facilities enable us to conduct a wide range of fuel cell R&D, from materials to systems. Fuel cell fabrication equipment, facilities for electrical, thermal, and electrochemical analysis including ca. 40 fuel-cell evaluation systems and characterization instruments, such as the highest-resolution FESEM-EDX and STEM-FIB systems are available exclusively to our group members. At this moment, we address the development of novel electrode materials, establishment of system design criteria, elucidation of mechanisms and processes and breakthroughs in technological issues concerned.

Staff

Professor Kazunari Sasaki
Associate Professor Yusuke Shiratori
Research Associate Professor Shunsuke Taniguchi

The Main Research Topics

  • Research on electrode materials and reaction processes for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs)
  • Application of bio-fuels to SOFC
  • Development of metal-supported SOFC
  • Research on electrocatalysts and reaction processes for Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells (PEFCs)
  • Fundamentals of hydrogen related engineering
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