Background and Research Interests
1. Next-generation direct-type fuel cells
The current bottleneck for the commercialization of direct-type fuel cells is mainly due to the high cost associated with the use of large amount of expensive noble metals, such as Pt. We are working on the development of the next-generation direct-type fuel cells with superior performance, better economics, less environmental impact and fewer hazards to end users.
2. Electroorganic synthesis
Electroorganic approaches have currently fascinated academicians and industrial researchers because of its high potential prospects for industrial ventures. Electrocatalytic organic synthesis provides a powerful tool to control the reaction rate and selectivity through electrode potential and current, as well as conventional catalytic means. Our interests in this area lie into selective electrocatalytic oxidation to aldehydes, electrochemical coupling, electrochemical polymerization, etc., by conventional electrosynthesis or electrogenerative synthesis. The investigation of the reaction mechanism and kinetics is also within our scope.