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Stability investigations of electrocatalysts on the nanoscale

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The search for more stable electrocatalyst materials for electrochemical energy conversion requires a fundamental understanding of the underlying degradation processes. Advanced characterization techniques like identical location transmission electron microscopy (IL-TEM) can provide invaluable insight into the stability of electrode materials on the nanoscale. In this review, the basic principles and the methodology of IL-TEM are described, and its capabilities are revealed by demonstrating the recent progress that has been achieved in research on the stability of fuel cell catalysts. Moreover, we provide future perspectives of the identical location approach towards implementing other electron microscopic and tomographic applications, which will help us to gain an even broader view of the degradation of electrocatalysts.

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The article was received on 14 Jun 2012, accepted on 30 Jul 2012 and first published on 31 Jul 2012

Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C2EE22550F
Citation: Energy Environ. Sci., 2012,5, 9319-9330
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    Stability investigations of electrocatalysts on the nanoscale

    J. C. Meier, I. Katsounaros, C. Galeano, H. J. Bongard, A. A. Topalov, A. Kostka, A. Karschin, F. Schüth and K. J. J. Mayrhofer, Energy Environ. Sci., 2012, 5, 9319
    DOI: 10.1039/C2EE22550F

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