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Fluorine-doping boosts performance

The availability, facile handling and low toxicity of ethanol make direct ethanol fuel cells an attractive proposition, yet the performance of the catalysts they use is still limited. Now, the performance of palladium–nitrogen–carbon catalysts for the key reactions is improved by introduction of fluorine, which regulates the local environment of the active site.

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Fig. 1: Fluorine-doped Pd–N–C catalyst boosts the performance of a direct ethanol fuel cell.


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Baglio, V. Fluorine-doping boosts performance. Nat Energy 6, 1096–1097 (2021).

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