News from the Physics Department
Activity of fuel cell catalysts doubled
2019-07-03 – An interdisciplinary research team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has built platinum nanoparticles for catalysis in fuel cells: The new size-optimized catalysts are twice as good as the best process commercially available today.
2017-09-07 – Chemistry live: Using a scanning tunneling microscope, researchers at the Physics Department were for the very first time able to observe the activity of catalysts in detail during an electro-chemical reaction. The measurements show how the surface structure of the catalysts influences their activity. The new analysis method can now be used to improve catalysts for the electrochemical industry.
Aliaksandr Bandarenka receives Ernst Haage Prize
2016-12-19 – Aliaksandr Bandarenka, TUM professor for physics of energy conversion and storage, has been awarded the national Ernst Haage Prize 2016. The Ernst Haage foundation and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion (MPI CEC) jointly award this prize to outstanding young scientists in the field of chemical energy conversion.
Efficiency of water electrolysis doubled
2016-03-10 – Water electrolysis has not yet established itself as a method for the production of hydrogen. Too much energy is lost in the process. With a trick researchers of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the Ruhr University Bochum and Leiden University have now doubled the efficiency of the reaction.
Faster design – better catalysts
2015-10-12 – While the cleaning of car exhausts is among the best known applications of catalytic processes, it is only the tip of the iceberg. Practically the entire chemical industry relies on catalytic reactions. Catalyst design plays a key role in improving these processes. An international team of scientists has now developed a concept that elegantly correlates geometric and adsorption properties. They validated their approach by designing a new platinum-based catalyst for fuel cell applications.