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Carbon NanoBud based Energy systems for Mobile Devices

We develop novel energy production and storage technologies for mobile devices, by utilizing carbon nanobuds (CNB), the new hybrid material recently invented at TKK. CNB is a single walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) with fullerene molecules covalently attached to its surface. The concepts to be explored are:

  1. dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) with CNB supported catalyst clusters inside the dyesensitized TiO2 nanoparticle electrolyte layer,
  2. new proton conductor for polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell, and
  3. combined DSC-SC (super capacitor) concepts for combined production and storage of energy from light.

We will explore the fundamental mechanisms of CNB nucleation and growth during floating catalyst synthesis. In depth reactivity studies will be carried out for metal cluster-CNB catalysts for reactions relevant to DSCs and FCs.