Personal web page : http://iramis.cea.fr/Pisp/renaud.cornut/
Laboratory link : http://iramis.cea.fr/nimbe/licsen/
The emergence of hydrogen as an energy vector must help to stop pollution issued from the use of carbon-based energy sources in transport. In vehicles the conversion to electricity is achieved with proton exchange membrane fuel cells.
The aim of the project is to make them compatible with mass market by providing competitive cathodes containing inexpensive catalytic nano-objects. A huge diversity of starting materials, combinations of materials and processing conditions are possible, and identifying the optimal strategy at each step is presently very challenging. To manage this, we first set up an electroanalytical platform to evaluate in routine the effective electrochemical properties of multifunctional materials used in fuel cells. We then produce many different materials in a combinatorial fashion, the analysis of which permits to understand the way nano-objects assemble into electrocatalytic materials. From this, we rationalize the different processing steps and optimize the performances, with special care to the ageing of the materials.