Despite the great potential of electrochemical energy devices (fuel cell, electrolyzers, rechargeable metal-air batteries, etc.), the high cost, low-performance, and poor durability of the catalyst coated electrodes under the operating conditions have precluded its overall efficiency. In most of the electrochemical energy devices (EEDs), approximately 70-80% cost is contributed from the catalyst supported electrode part alone. Therefore, to bring the EEDs in the competitive level of conventional energy technologies (internal combustion engines), it is necessary to reduce the cost of catalyst coated electrodes with increased efficiency/durability. Thus, the ultimate goal of this research group is to address these issues and to provide pollution-free energy by developing next-generation high-performance materials and its utilization in the devices fabrication. The impact of the activities will be directly on the economic and technological progress along with the fundamental understanding of the electrochemical processes.
- Fundamental electrochemistry and mechanistic studies
- High-performance electrocatalytic materials development
- Electrode designing for the various catalytic process (ORR, OER, HER, CO2RR, N2RR, etc.)
- Fabrication of next-generation electrochemical energy devices (fuel cell, water electrolyzers, flexible supercapacitors, etc.)