Protective shield for sensitive catalysts

Major step foward in the development of novel fuel cells

© Felipe Conzuelo. With a novel hydrogel, sensitive catalysts can be protected from oxygen molecules (red) which could irreversibly damage the catalysts. The hydrogelconverts oxygen intowater (red-white).

<link internal-link internal link in current>Dr. Olaf Rüdiger, group leader at the MPI CEC, has, in cooperation with an international research team and the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, found a way of protecting sensitive catalysts from oxygen-caused damage. In the future, this could facilitate the creation of hydrogen fuel cells with molecular catalysts or with biomolecules such as the hydrogenase enzyme.


Together with their French colleagues, researchers from Bochum and Mülheim describe the way in which a hydrogel can serve as a "protective shield" for biomolecules by two articles written in the journals "<link http: doi ange.201502776 abstract _blank external-link-new-window external link in new>Angewandte Chemie" and "<link http: doi abs _blank external-link-new-window external link in new>The Journal of the American Chemical Society".



More detailled information in the <link file:1970 file>press release.