Electrocatalysts with earth abundant elements


  • Current Projects


AlkaCell - New materials and structures for alkaline fuel cells

Duration: January 2019 - July 2022

Funding: Vector Stiftung


In the project AlkaCell we develop PGM-free electrocatalysts for alkaline fuel cells. We focus our efforts on Fe-based materials for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and Ni-based materials for the hydrogen oxidation reaction (HOR). Advanced material characterization and activity and stability studies on the RDE level are done in our lab while AEM studies are realized in cooperation with Dr. Vierrath from the EES group at the IMTEK (University of Freiburg). 

The electrocatalysts we developped in this project so far are very promising and a publication on material design, RDE and MEA activities is in preparation.


  • Fe-N-C electrocatalysts for ORR 


Selected Publications:

Pardo Pérez, L. C.; Sahraie, N. R.; Melke, J.; Elsässer, P.; Teschner, D.; Huang, X.; Kraehnert, R.; White, R. J.; Enthaler, S.; Strasser, P.; Fischer, A.*
Polyformamidine-Derived Non-Noble Metal Electrocatalysts for Efficient Oxygen Reduction Reaction.
Adv. Funct. Mater. 2018, 28 (22), 1707551.


  • Metal free electrocatalysts for ORR


Selected Publications:

Lehmann, K.; Yurchenko, O.; Melke, J.; Fischer, A.; Urban, G.
High Electrocatalytic Activity of Metal-Free and Non-Doped Hierarchical Carbon Nanowalls towards Oxygen Reduction Reaction.
Electrochim. Acta 2018, 269, 657–667.

Lehmann, K.; Yurchenko, O.; Heilemann, A.; Vierrath, S.; Zielke, L.; Thiele, S.; Fischer, A.; Urban, G.
High Surface Hierarchical Carbon Nanowalls Synthesized by Plasma Deposition Using an Aromatic Precursor.
Carbon 2017, 118, 578–587.
Klingele, M.; Pham, C.; Vuyyuru, K. R.; Britton, B.; Holdcroft, S.; Fischer, A.; Thiele, S.
Sulfur Doped Reduced Graphene Oxide as Metal-Free Catalyst for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Anion and Proton Exchange Fuel Cells.
Electrochem. Commun. 2017, 77, 71–75.
Van Pham, C.; Klingele, M.; Britton, B.; Vuyyuru, K. R.; Unmuessig, T.; Holdcroft, S.; Fischer, A.; Thiele, S.
Tridoped Reduced Graphene Oxide as a Metal-Free Catalyst for Oxygen Reduction Reaction Demonstrated in Acidic and Alkaline Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells.
Adv. Sustain. Syst. 2017, 1 (5), 1600038.
Klingele, M.; Van Pham, C.; Fischer, A.; Thiele, S.
A Review on Metal-Free Doped Carbon Materials Used as Oxygen Reduction Catalysts in Solid Electrolyte Proton Exchange Fuel Cells.
Fuel Cells 2016, 16 (5), 522–529.


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