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NEDO Develops World's First Observation Method of Electrode Catalyst Behavior under Atmospheric Pressure
- Contributing to the enhancement of fuel cell functions through the elucidation of catalyst reactions and deterioration mechanisms -

June 28, 2017
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

As part of a NEDO project, the National Institutes of Natural Sciences' Institute for Molecular Science succeeded in developing the world's first method of photoelectron spectroscopy measurement using hard x-rays while under atmospheric pressure.

By using this newly-developed measurement method, it will become possible to observe the behavior of electrocatalysts while under atmospheric pressure in the environment where the battery operates. Electrocatalysts drastically affect fuel cell performance. From now on, NEDO will promote the further enhancement of fuel cell functions by utilizing its highly accurate electrocatalyst reaction and degradation mechanism observation capabilities and offering feedback to catalyst developers using these findings. NEDO will also use this method to contribute to solving problems related to the full-scale dissemination of fuel cell vehicles (FCV) and expanding the market of household fuel cells (ENE-FARM).

For more information, please contact:

NEDO New Energy Technology Department
Contact Person: Oshima Tel: +81-44-520-5261­