B.Ü Chemistry Department Produced Platinum Equivalent Material from Carbon Felt. Bingöl University (BU) Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Chemistry Lecturer Assoc. Dr. Ramazan Solmaz developed a material equivalent to platinum from carbon felt in his work on reducing hydrogen energy production costs.
He was awarded the 2013 "Young Scientist" award by the Science Heroes Association for his work in the fields of strength of materials and materials science, corrosion, renewable energy sources, hydrogen energy, batteries, fuel cells and conductive polymers. Dr. Solmaz prepared material from carbon felt equivalent to platinum.
Speaking to the AA correspondent about his work, Assoc. Dr. Solmaz said that the award he received motivated him more.
Solmaz noted that they carry out scientific studies on developing materials that are cheaper and increase efficiency in BU laboratories.
Stating that he is the first scientist in Turkey to win the "Kurt Schwabe" award given by the European Corrosion Federation (EFC) every 2012 years by the Turkish Corrosion Association in 3 for his contributions to the world science in the field of materials, Solmaz said that he is the first scientist in the environment, human health, vegetation and environmental protection. He stated that they have developed a material equivalent to platinum for the use of hydrogen energy, which is not harmful to living things, in daily life.
Explaining that questions such as "Why is there no hydrogen in gas stations" people come to mind, Solmaz said that even though it has less efficiency and negative impact on the environment, cheaper fuel is preferred and hydrogen is expensive.
Stating that one of the biggest reasons why hydrogen is expensive is the materials used and the platinum group materials that best catalyze this reaction, Solmaz said that pure platinum is even more expensive than gold.
Solmaz continued his speech as follows:
“Carbon felt is very light. It is a material consisting of nanometer-long fibers like the sponge we know. We cover them with metals such as nickel polypten and cobalt, which are relatively cheaper than platinum, with thin films of very micrometer sizes. Here, instead of using kilograms of platinum, we develop electrodes by sprinkling a very small amount of micrograms per gram on their surface. Thus, we reduce the cost of materials as we use much less platinum.”
Pointing out that the most important catalyst in energy production is platinum, Solmaz said:
“According to our studies, we have developed new materials that are cheaper and more efficient than platinum. These will make a significant contribution to our industrialists and world science. We have also published our articles on this material. It will also provide important guidance to scientists on the subject, because we have introduced new techniques, approaches to the development of the material.”
source : bloomberght