Dr. Scott Folkman

Prof. José Ramón Galán-Mascarós

Renewable Energy through New Electrolysis catalysts for Water splitting

From 29/06/2020 to


RENEW - GA 895296

Inexpensive, renewable energy storage is vital for the future of humanity. Generating H2 via water splitting in proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysis is a promising route for renewable fuel production. Wide-spread use of PEM electrolysis is limited by the high cost of the electrocatalysts which are composed of rare-earth metals such as Ir, Ru, and Pt (the catalysts being ~40% of the fabrication cost of PEM cells). Renewable Energy through New Electrolysis catalysts for Water splitting (RENEW) aims to develop, characterize, and mechanistically understand water oxidation catalysts (WOCatalysts) based on earth-abundant metals embedded in planar and nanostructured electrodes to replace rare-earth metals in PEM electrolysis. The specific goals of RENEW are (i) fabricate planar electrode/catalysts composed earth abundant metals such as Co, Fe, and Ni and based on recent advances in stabilizing these catalyts; (ii) determine the intrinsic activity, electrocatalytic current density, and lifetime of the electrode/catalyst assemblies; (iii) develop an understanding of the relationship between the electrode substrate and the stability and activity of the WOCatalysts; and (iv) fabricate nano-structured catalyst/electrode assemblies based on the most promising results of specific goals i-iii. The results of this project have the potential to greatly reduce the cost of H2 generated from renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, or geothermal and thereby transform the European and global energy sectors, which aligns with the Horizon 2020 work programme of “Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy”. Throughout this project I will learn new techniques relevant to industrial catalysis, develop my skills as an independent researcher and mentor, and expand my network to include international collaborations and relationships as I transition to an established researcher.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement 895296

Benchmarking Catalysts for Formic Acid/Formate Electrooxidation
S.J. Folkman, J. González-Cobos, S. Giancola, I. Sánchez-Molina, J.R. Galán-Mascarós
Molecules 2021, 26, 16, 4756
DOI: 10.3390/molecules26164756

Crazy about chemistry

Scott participated in the Crazy about Science -Chemistry workshop. This one-year long course in chemistry for high-school students is organised by ICIQ in collaboration with Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation. It is