Student moves from theory to proof in fuel cell research

October 19, 2015 by Karen Wentworth, University of New Mexico

Sadia Kabir is exploring a new world in the basement of Farris Engineering Building. The Ph.D. engineering student works in the research group headed by University of New Mexico Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biologicall Engineering Plamen Atanassov.

This kind of graphene-supported catalysts for fuel cells has great promise. For example, they can oxidize organic fuels like ethanol produced from bio-feedstocks, waste such as waste from corn production or the fermentation of sugar cane to generate small amounts of electricity. Moreover, the catalytic activity of the materials can be utilized as a source of other useful chemicals.

The UNM research group closely collaborates with colleagues in France at the University of Portiers and in Germany at the Franunhofer Institue for Chemical Technology, ICT. They cooperate to publish academic articles, the latest of which appears in the "Journal of the Electrochemical Society," titled "Palladium Supported on 3D Graphene as an Active Catalyst for Alcohols Electrooxidation." The researchers have jointly applied for multiple patents for various stages of the process.

One possible application for the research is to place the devices in proximity to agricultural plants or waste . The feed stock materials would pass through the devices, which will produce fuel for the fuel cells, generate some electricity and produce useful chemicals.

UNM Research Professor in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Alexey Serov says the idea is to find a way to produce useful chemicals and fuel from agricultural products in an environmentally efficient process that will produce no emissions.

Explore further: UNM fuel cell research may provide electrical backup at home

More information: Alexey Serov et al. Palladium Supported on 3D Graphene as an Active Catalyst for Alcohols Electrooxidation, Journal of The Electrochemical Society (2015). DOI: 10.1149/2.0301512jes

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gkam
1 / 5 (5) Oct 19, 2015
Meanwhile, thousands of people are being radiated right now, trying to clean up the disasters at Fukushima. We simply MUST complete this transformation to clean fuels. Coal and nuclear power are polluting us to death.
TheGhostofOtto1923
3 / 5 (4) Oct 19, 2015
Meanwhile, thousands of people are being radiated right now, trying to clean up the disasters at Fukushima. We simply MUST complete this transformation to clean fuels. Coal and nuclear power are polluting us to death.
-while billions of people are being IRradiated worldwide from normal backround radiation.

"Radiate
1. emit (energy, especially light or heat) in the form of rays or waves.
"the hot stars radiate energy"
synonyms: emit, give off, give out, discharge, diffuse"

"Irradiate
1. expose to radiation,"

-See how easy it is to expose what a phony you are? You have no education or useful experience in this or any 'field'.
gkam
1 / 5 (4) Oct 19, 2015
I was hoping the theory of Thomas Gold and abiogenic gas was correct. If so, we could drill a well, get methane, reform it into hydrogen to drive a fuel cell, and give you both power and water, almost anywhere.

With water and power you can produce food. As it is, we will probably use solar and wind and other available and appropriate resources. But simple fuel cells are most amenable to inclusion in alternative energy systems.

Aquariums have been operated in remote places by PV banks feeding both a the system and an electrolyzer separating hydrogen and oxygen from water, which is just the working fluid. At night, a fuel cell operating off the day's H2 runs the pumps and aerators, producing the water for the next day's electrolysis.
TheGhostofOtto1923
3 / 5 (4) Oct 19, 2015
I was hoping the theory of Thomas Gold and abiogenic gas... give you both power and water, almost anywhere.

With water and power you can produce food. As it is, we will probably use solar and wind and other available and appropriate resources. But simple fuel cells are most amenable to inclusion in alternative energy systems.

Aquariums have been operated in remote places by PV banks feeding both a the system and an electrolyzer separating hydrogen and oxygen from water, which is just the working fluid. At night, a fuel cell operating off the day's H2 runs the pumps and aerators, producing the water for the next day's electrolysis.
Yeah I read popsci too.

AND I know the difference between radiate and irradiate, and calorie and the British thermal unit (BTU or Btu). I know that an open valve is considered a leak.

Youve demonstrated that you dont.

If you had an education and relevant experience you would.
gkam
1 / 5 (5) Oct 19, 2015
The plethora of alternative technologies now available with which to integrate into an appropriate power system can give us the most flexibility ever, to the delight of the suppliers, the society, and the consumers. We can choose to generate, consume, store, or perhaps sell back power.

The construction of microgrids in developing areas such as Africa can integrate the local resources into the mix. Smaller simple systems can be maintained locally, and grow in complexity as the locals learn to operate, maintain, and further develop them.

This works well because the microgrids can then integrate for operational savings and stability, while still being able to self-sustain.

We are entering a new era of individual power. It scares the control freaks.
gkam
1 / 5 (4) Oct 19, 2015
The most interesting part of the Power Revolution is that it is being built ground-up, by consumers, not by Big Business. Big Businesses in dirty fuels are in terrible fright.

The actions and secret correspondence of the oil companies maybe proven to be criminal. Since corporations are people now, the people in them can serve hard time.
TheGhostofOtto1923
2.3 / 5 (3) Oct 20, 2015
Yeah popsci articles use words like plethora and integrate.

Popsci authors can generally be trusted to be truthful. George kamburoff has proven himself to be untrustworthy, and it doesn't matter what words he uses.
gkam
1 / 5 (3) Oct 20, 2015
One of the problems with such a transformation is the Education of the Goobers. We are faced with opponents such as the Deniers, the maladjusted psych cases, the internet vandals, and those actually paid by Koch and their ilk.

Look at the pathetic posts of those with no education -they are faced with having to use personal attack, out of the lack of other options.

I do not read them anymore, but I see their blank spaces, telling me of their frustrated responses.
TheGhostofOtto1923
3.7 / 5 (3) Oct 20, 2015
the Education of the Goobers. We are faced with opponents such as the Deniers, the maladjusted psych cases, the internet vandals
Like those people who lie about having an MS in environmental mgt but it was only for 'life experiences?

And what does the knowledge you gained writing a popsci-level thesis about a dairy farm have to do with fuel cells?

Only george kamburoff knows.
I do not read them anymore
Youre a liar george. Your ego is too bloated not to read everything written about you.

You think all attention is good.

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