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Development and in situ Infrared study of Novel Strained Core-shell Electrocatalysts: Towards an Understanding of the Oxygen Reduction Mechanism

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Project "ORRmetIR" data sheet

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Organization address
city: OXFORD
postcode: OX1 2JD

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 195˙454 €
 EC max contribution 195˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-04-01   to  2017-03-31


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 Project objective

The oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is critical in fuel cells (FC), batteries and corrosion. Sluggish kinetics of the ORR remains a key barrier to efficient electricity generation in FC operating on renewable fuels such as hydrogen or alcohols. Poor understanding of the ORR mechanism has hindered development of cost-effective and improved FC catalysts. This project aims to bring about a step change in development and understanding of ORR catalysts by (i) synthesising metal nanoparticles with a strained surface structure, and (ii) developing and implementing new in situ and operando infrared (IR) spectroscopic techniques to understand how strain impacts the ORR mechanism. Novel strained core-shell Pt-based catalysts will be developed, featuring a core of inexpensive metals including Ni, Co or Cu. For the first time, insight into the ORR mechanism for supported electrocatalysts under realistic catalytic turnover will be gained by modifying an approach to combining IR spectroscopy and electrochemistry developed in the Vincent group. The University of Oxford is uniquely suited for this ambitious project: the applicant will be hosted in a strong research culture in catalysis, have access to state-of-the-art research infrastructure and technical expertise in spectroscopy and materials characterisation and industrial collaborations. The fellow will receive broad-ranging training in the synthesis of catalysts and surface characterisation. The host team will benefit from her skills in in situ vibrational spectroscopy, especially spectral interpretation of ORR intermediates. This highly interdisciplinary project combines nanomaterial synthesis, spectroscopy and electrocatalysis, and has strong potential for generation of intellectual property and commercialisation of new catalysts for FC, aiding knowledge transfer between academic and industrial sectors. This will increase Europe’s competitiveness in FC and electrocatalysis, supporting Horizon 2020’s Energy Security goals.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 Pabitra K. Nayak, David T. Moore, Bernard Wenger, Simantini Nayak, Amir A. Haghighirad, Adam Fineberg, Nakita K. Noel, Obadiah G. Reid, Garry Rumbles, Philipp Kukura, Kylie A. Vincent, Henry J. Snaith
Mechanism for rapid growth of organic–inorganic halide perovskite crystals
published pages: 13303, ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms13303
Nature Communications 7 2019-06-17
2017 Nobuya Sakai, Amir Abbas Haghighirad, Marina R. Filip, Pabitra K. Nayak, Simantini Nayak, Alexandra Ramadan, Zhiping Wang, Feliciano Giustino, Henry J. Snaith
Solution-Processed Cesium Hexabromopalladate(IV), Cs 2 PdBr 6 , for Optoelectronic Applications
published pages: 6030-6033, ISSN: 0002-7863, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b13258
Journal of the American Chemical Society 139/17 2019-06-17
2016 Sha Li, Shanshan Wang, Matteo M. Salamone, Alex W. Robertson, Simantini Nayak, Heeyeon Kim, S. C. Edman Tsang, Mauro Pasta, Jamie H. Warner
Edge-Enriched 2D MoS 2 Thin Films Grown by Chemical Vapor Deposition for Enhanced Catalytic Performance
published pages: 877-886, ISSN: 2155-5435, DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.6b02663
ACS Catalysis 7/1 2019-06-17
2016 Philip A. Ash, Holly A. Reeve, Jonathan Quinson, Ricardo Hidalgo, Tianze Zhu, Ian J. McPherson, Min-Wen Chung, Adam J. Healy, Simantini Nayak, Thomas H. Lonsdale, Katia Wehbe, Chris S. Kelley, Mark D. Frogley, Gianfelice Cinque, Kylie A. Vincent
Synchrotron-Based Infrared Microanalysis of Biological Redox Processes under Electrochemical Control
published pages: 6666-6671, ISSN: 0003-2700, DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.6b00898
Analytical Chemistry 88/13 2019-06-17

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