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Title:Facilitating, understanding, and controlling the oxygen reduction reaction for fuel cell technology using (1) laccase-inspired tricopper molecular catalysts, (2) a high temperature and pressure reaction vessel, and (3) a hybrid bilayer membrane electrochemical platform
Author(s):Tse, Chun Ming Edmund
Director of Research:Gewirth, Andrew A.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Gewirth, Andrew A.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Rauchfuss, Thomas B.; Murphy, Catherine J.; Kenis, Paul J. A.
Department / Program:Chemistry
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Fuel Cells
Enzyme Models
Organometallic Complexes
Inorganic Chemistry
Surface Modifications
Lipid Membranes
Analytical Characterizations
Abstract:The objectives of my thesis were to investigate three major facets of the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR: O2 + 4 H+ + 4 e– → 2 H2O). First, I developed new tri-copper catalysts for the ORR with a specific focus on the active site present in multi-copper oxidases, which are the most active enzymes for the ORR. Second, I evaluated the ORR kinetics at high temperature (between 100 and 200 °C) and under pressurized conditions (between 0.7 and 3.4 MPa). Third, I designed and prepared a hybrid bilayer membrane (HBM) electrochemical platform to control the ORR mechanism by modulating the proton flux.
Issue Date:2016-02-17
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 Chun Ming Edmund Tse
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-07-07
Date Deposited:2016-05

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