Fabrication Strategies of Advanced Nanoelectrocatalysts for Fuel Cells

Wei Chen

State Key Laboratory of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, CAS 

Abstract: As a type of promising clean energy source for the future, fuel cells have attracted increasing attention in recent years. However, the traditional Pt nanoparticles-based electrocatalysts for both anodic and cathodic reactions have obvious shortcomings, including high cost, slow reaction kinetics of ORR and CO or methanol poisoning during the fuel oxidation, which impede the wide commercialization of fuel cells. Therefore, designing and exploring novel nanomaterials, e.g. Pt-free or low-Pt electrocatalysts, with low loading of precious metals, high catalytic performance and high CO- or methanol-tolerance are of crucial importance for the development of fuel cells. In our recent studies, different strategies have been developed to synthesize nanoelectrocatalysts with improved catalytic activity and stability. Here, we highlight the metal@metal core@shell nanostructured materials with quasi-monolayer Pt skin or metal@carbon core@shell materials as advanced fuel cell electrocatalysts. 

Biography: Dr. Wei Chen received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry (electrochemistry) from Xiamen University in 2003. Following his graduate studies, he began working as a postdoctoral associate in the area of synthesis and the property studies of metal nanoclusters at University of California-Santa Cruz. He is currently a full professor at Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research interests include electrocatalysis, electroanalytical chemistry, surface electrochemistry, photoelectrocatalysis, the controlled synthesis, characterization, and application of nanomaterials in energy storage and conversion. He has coauthored over 120 articles in peer-reviewed journals, such as Chem. Rev., Chem. Soc. Rev., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., J. Am. Chem. Soc., Anal. Chem., and Adv. Funct. Mater. etc. He won the Excellent Youth Award of the Chinese Society of Electrochemistry, the UCAS-BHPB Research Award, and the First-Class Award of Natural Science Academic Achievement of Jilin Province. Currently, he is the deputy head of State Key Laboratory of Electroanalytical Chemistry and committee member of Chinese Society of Electrochemistry.