Low-cost materials for energy storage and conversion


Queen Mary University of London (UK)


The search for green alternative sources of energy is of great importance for our current society. In order to battle increasing greenhouse gases and global warming created by the use of fossil fuels, and to meet the 2050's climate change targets, we need to develop new technologies that allow researchers to tackle this problem. Some of these alternatives include fuel cells, solar cells, batteries, supercapacitors and water electrolysers. OER and ORR are key processes taking place in most of these technologies. However, the high cost of the noble metal catalysts employed in energy conversion and storage devices is one of the major drawbacks to their full development and exploitation. Here I will present the challenges and some of the alternatives our group is working on to achieve low-cost energy storage and conversion devices working at acceptable performance.