Electrocatalysts are necessary for chemical reactions critical for the product of green hydrogen and other valuable chemical fuels. Nanostructuring provides high surface area for improved catalytic activity, but results in highly heterogeneous, complex systems due to the variations of surface structures. As a result, it is difficult to uncover the relationship between surface structure, electrochemical activity, and stability. To solve this challenge, we propose to correlate the electrochemical response of individual catalyst nanoparticles with the surface structure of the same catalysts. Experimental results will be correlated to that of atomistic modeling to jointly understand the relationship between structure, activity, and stability.
Funding: $30K (2022)
Goal: Develop the integrated experimental and computational approach to precisely investigate the effects of the morphologies and surface structures of individual nanoparticles on their catalytic activities and stability.
Token Investors: Yiyang Li, Liang Qi
Project ID: 1028