Environmentally friendly carbon cathode electrocatalysts for metal-air batteries
The overarching aim of the project is that of combining the oxygen catalysis, ORR and OER, in a single catalyst material based in a composite formed by non-precious metals and novel carbon architectures. Successful results of this project will allow the commercialisation of rechargeable metal-air batteries, which are promising candidates for replacing current Li-ion battery technology. To achieve this aim the project will rely on the successful synthesis of hierarchical carbon materials with interconnected micropores, mesopores and macropores hosting both ORR and OER non-precious metal active sites. Furthermore, the project will tackle the challenge of controlling and minimising carbon corrosion to improve catalyst stability especially in the OER, during the charging process.