A New Material Benefits Fuel Cells

MIT boosts power output more than 50% with a lower-cost material.

Focusing on direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs), researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have reportedly improved power output by more than 50%. Key to the advance is a new, lower-cost material that shows the potential for broadening the market for fuel cells, says Paula Hammond, professor of chemical engineering and leader of the research team

The new material also has potential for use in other electrochemical systems such as batteries, Hammond adds.

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