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New generation, metal-free electrocatalysts for fuel cells, solar cells and water splitting

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New electrocatalysts have become of increasing significance due to the need for inexpensive and effective catalysis in energy generating, converting and storage devices. Intrinsically conducting polymers such as PEDOT have recently been shown to provide an important new family of electrocatalytic materials. Studies thus far have demonstrated effective electrocatalysis in a range of contexts including for example in the iodine/iodide reaction and other similar reactions important in the dye sensitised solar cell, the oxygen reduction reaction fundamental to the fuel cell and metal–air batteries, and proton reduction in water to produce hydrogen. A general catalytic behaviour seems to be emerging in these studies. This article surveys recent progress in this field from our laboratories and others and foreshadows important new areas requiring study.

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The article was received on 11 Nov 2010, accepted on 10 May 2011 and first published on 13 Jun 2011


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C0EE00652A
Citation: Energy Environ. Sci., 2011,4, 2790-2798
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    New generation, metal-free electrocatalysts for fuel cells, solar cells and water splitting

    B. Winther-Jensen and D. R. MacFarlane, Energy Environ. Sci., 2011, 4, 2790
    DOI: 10.1039/C0EE00652A

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