Kyoto University’s assistant professor Satoshi Horike and his research team members developed a new material for the electrolyte of a fuel cell. Because it can be made of inexpensive raw materials used for pigment, a fuel cell can be built without such an expensive material as platinum. The research team plans to improve the raw materials to increase the performance of the electrolyte.
The new material can be made by mixing zinc oxide and used to produce cosmetics, phosphoric acid, and imidazole used to produce pharmaceuticals in a mortar for only 5-10 minutes. Should it be used for the electrolyte of a fuel cell, it will be possible for a fuel cell to exhibit the same performance without such an expensive material as platinum catalyst.
The mechanism of a fuel cell