Marlena Muszynska

Biological Sciences

Faculty Advisor: Ian Lightcap

Winter 2020-21 Project: Synthesis, Characterization and Electrochemical Testing of Iron/Iron Oxide Clusters as Potential Replacements for Platinum in Hydrogen Fuel Cells

This research project will build on the successful efforts of previous undergraduate students who were able to synthesize sub-nanometer Fe clusters on graphene sheets. In this project we will make sure the synthetic process can be repeated, then characterize the resulting graphene-iron cluster composites in order to understand the nature of the iron (size distribution, chemical environment and stability) as well as how those properties affect its suitability towards the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), and thus as a potential replacement material for platinum in hydrogen fuel cells.