Fuel Cell CatalystsMarket Opportunities, Strategies, and Forecasts, 2007 to 2013

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Fuel Cell Catalysts Market Assessment

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Worldwide Fuel Cell Catalysts Market Shares
Fuel Cell Catalyst Market Forecasts
Fuel Cell Catalysts Market Driving Forces
Most Cited Catalyst Scientific Research
Types Of Fuel Cell Technologies
Platinum Dissolution And Deposition In A Membrane
Catalyst Allows Chemical Conversions
Johnson Matley Noble Metal Hydrodechlorination Catalyst
Carbon Nanotechnologies
NEC Nanoparticle Fabrication
Membrane PEM Fuel Cell
Coal Gasification
Hydrogen
Gold Catalyst For Fuel Cells
Fuel Cells Strengths and Weaknesses
Stationary Fuel Cell Catalysts

Fuel Cell Catalysts
Market Opportunities, Strategies, and Forecasts, 2007 to 2013

Mostafa A. El-Sayed at the Georgic Technology Laser Dynamics Laboratory is the undisputed leader in catalyst scientific research. He has been the most articulate scholar and engineer and the most often cited scholar in describing that different shapes of the same metal create different characteristics of the same materials. More work needs to be done to understand the basic science of nanoparticles before fuel cell catalysts can be made to scale commercially.

Mostafa A. El-Sayed Is The Undisputed Leader In Catalyst Scientific Research Mostafa is the most likely to achieve the scientific break through. The effects of different size nanoparticles are still being investigated. Companies are poised to fund more research with him at the Laser Dynamics Laboratory, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology to investigate the impact of shape on material characteristics.

Susie Eustis describes the electromagnetic effect of surface oscillation on nanoparticles. One of the interesting things about nano particles that makes them different from other particles is that there is very little interior, the nanoparticle is mostly surface, creating a different type of entity than a particle with an exterior and interior.

The different shapes of the same material create different characteristics because the electrons are so close to the surface in a very small particle that the behavior of the electrons depends on how soon it hits the edge of the particle more than what type of material chemistry and physics as may be constituted in a larger particle.

In the case of a larger particle that has an interior wall to give the electrons a more consistent way of behaving, the shape of the particle is not so significant as it is in a nanoparticle. Susie Eustis has been a leader in describing that the reason the change of shape affects the characteristics of the metal. Scientific procedures used to observe the surface plasmon resonance absorption are used to discover new materials properties.

Surface plasmon resonance and synthesis procedures for nanoparticles are a basis for discovering more efficient catalysts. Nanoparticle catalysts lower the activation energy of the reaction, and increase the rate of reaction and the yield of the desired products with small amounts of material. Metal nanoparticles generally take advantage of the electromagnetic field enhancement of noble metal nanoparticles resulting from the surface plasmon oscillations, creating variations in nanoparticles characteristics that can be leveraged to achieve better fuel cell catalysts.

The color of metal nanoparticles changes depending on the shape and size of the nanoparticle and dielectric constant of the surrounding medium. The varying characteristics of nanoparticles are needing more investigation before contributing to the basic science in a manner that creates the ability to use nanoparticles for fuel cell catalysts.

The properties of a material are dependent on particle size and shape. Materials on the 1-100nm scale have characteristics relevant to the size and scale. New properties develop on the nanoscale. Lack of symmetry and electron confinement are unique properties of nanoparticles.

The characteristics of nanoparticles do not scale linearly with size, the same material in larger quantity had different characteristics.

According to Susie Eustis in her PhD thesis, “The nanometer scale (1-100nm) incorporates collections of atoms or molecules, whose properties are neither those of the individual constituents nor those of the bulk. On this scale, many of the atoms are still located on the surface, or one layer removed from the surface, as opposed to the interior. The interface between substances is just now beginning to be understood. New properties are observed on this scale due to the interface that is not observed in the bulk or individual atoms. Since the properties depend on the size of the structure, instead of just the nature of the material, reliable and continual change can be achieved using a single material.”

Johnson Matthey has an agreement with PolyFuel on supply of membranes for portable fuel cell market. Johnson Matthey and PolyFuel have an agreement for hydrocarbon direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) membranes intended for fuel cells to power portable devices. Johnson Matthey will use these membranes in the manufacture of catalyst coated membranes (CCMs) and membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs), which are the part of a fuel cell that transforms fuel into electricity.

Johnson Matthey is a leader in fuel cell catalysts, in marrying catalysts and membranes, and in engineering, manufacturing and selling the catalyst coated membranes and membrane electrode assemblies. Johnson Matthey fuel cells support is as a channel partner. Partners purchase DMFC hydrocarbon membranes to manufacture a variety of CCM and MEA products for the portable fuel cell market.

A high volume, portable fuel cell market is an important driver in the development and widespread use of fuel cells in all applications. Strategically, the Johnson Matthey / PolyFuel supply of membranes for portable fuel cell market partnering strategy is significant.

The market for fuel cell catalysts was $51.5 million in 2006. Markets are anticipated to grow rapidly to $2.4 billion in 2013 as stationary and portable fuel cells are implemented.

Companies Profiled
Johnson Matthey
ACTA
Argonne National Laboratory
BASF
Cabot Corporation
DoppStein Enterprises
Engelhard
Fuel Cell Energy
National Hydrogen Association
Oxford Catalysts
PolyFuel
QuantumSphere
SGL Group
Sud-Chemie Incorporated
Superprotonic


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This is the 321st report in a series of market research reports that provide forecasts in communications, telecommunications, the internet, computer, software, and telephone equipment. The project leaders take direct responsibility for writing and preparing each report. They have significant experience preparing industry studies. Forecasts are based on primary research and proprietary data bases. Forecasts reflect analysis of the market trends in the segment and related segments. Unit and dollar shipments are analyzed through consideration of dollar volume of each market participation in the segment. Market share analysis includes conversations with key customers of products, industry segment leaders, marketing directors, distributors, leading market participants, and companies seeking to develop measurable market share. Over 200 in-depth interviews are conducted for each report with a broad range of key participants and opinion leaders in the market segment.

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About the Principal Authors

Ellen T. Curtiss, Technical Director, co-founder of WinterGreen Research, conducts strategic and market assessments in technology-based industries. Previously she was a member of the staff of Arthur D. Little, Inc., for 23 years, most recently as Vice President of Arthur D. Little Decision Resources, specializing in strategic planning and market development services. She is a graduate of Boston University and the Program for Management Development at Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. She is the author of recent studies on worldwide telecommunications markets and the Top Ten Telecommunications market analysis and forecasts.

Susan Eustis, President, co-founder of WinterGreen Research, has done research in communications and computer markets and applications. She holds several patents in microcomputing and parallel processing. She is the author of recent studies of the Regional Bell Operating Companies' marketing strategies, Internet equipment, a study of Internet Equipment, Worldwide Telecommunications Equipment, Top Ten Telecommunications, Digital Loop Carrier, Web Hosting, and Application Integration markets. Ms. Eustis is a graduate of Barnard College.

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