The surface catalysis plays an important role in many research fields. There is a big deal of work that has been done and huge amount of money invested to attempt to better understand catalytic processes.
Our company has strong interest in this topic, since all the research projects we are working on are closely related to the catalysis of metals. Our focus is directed towards the understanding and controlling of catalytic processes of metals related to the projects we have specialised. The more we profoundly understand the fundamentals the better we may apply this knowledge to the use of selected metals applicable in fuel cells, sensors, hydrogen storage and in terms of carbon dioxide capture.
Splitting molecular hydrogen on metal surfaces (in hydrogen fuel cells) might be from the general viewpoint an easy way to do, but in practice, it requires professional experience, when it comes to the point to optimise the energy efficiency related to this process. Even more complicated it appears in ethanol fuel cells because the factor that predominantly determines the efficiency is the CO poisoning of the metal surface. One of the main goals of our company is to circumvent the steam reforming of ethanol as seemingly necessary process to gain the output energy, but instead to develop a nickel based catalyst that together with a benzene derivative layer adhered to the nickel surface mediates the ethanol oxidation conveniently.
Of particular interest is the use of selected metals to detect toxic gases. Here, we focus on the detection of methane and carbon monoxide/dioxide using palladium/nickel/cobalt alloys. Of major concern is the poisoning of the metal surface that, in order to reduce, requires detailed investigation. The aim is to provide, with the use of the nanostructure, a cheaply available catalyst that ensures gas detection even at very low concentration