Increasing the amount of hydrogen that is electrochemically inserted into materials is important for studying superconductivity and hydrogen embrittlement, and improving hydrogen storage capabilities. Surfaces can be engineered to accomplish this task with better insight into how surface alloys and bi-metallic structures affect the electrochemical insertion of hydrogen. We have designed and developed a reliable, repeatable and low cost method of hydrogen gas insertion into palladium, through surface modification and doping.
In addition to the work in surface science with palladium, the team researches quantum chemistry simulations using density functional theory to model new materials with improved hydrogen absorption properties. They also investigate how a few mass equivalent monolayers of electrodeposited dopants on Palladium affect the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction and the ultimate hydrogen storage capabilities obtained during electrolysis. Further the team works on the design of new engineered materials for application in hydrogen research, as well as designing apparatus for experiments. Improving hydrogen storage is essential for advancements in hydrogen research and increases the potentials for hydrogen energy applications. Under high pressure hydrogen offers clean energy with far higher efficiency than conventional power sources. Advancements in hydrogen fuel cell technology could revolutionize the future of power, potential applications include non-polluting hydrogen powered cars.