This material shows really promising activity as a fuel-cell catalyst
. While we found that the gelatin makes nanoparticles, we wanted to understand the process better in the hope that we could control the reaction and make those nanoparticles even smaller, therefore creating a more efficient catalyst.
The fund's first five investments are into blade compressor company Lontra; fuel-cell catalyst
developer Amalyst; sensor company Oxsensis; fusion engineering company Tokamak Energy; and space technology business Oxford Space Systems.
Other topics include surface fictionalization of carbon catalyst- support for fuel cells, the role of carbon support materials for fuel-cell catalysts
, and developments of alkaline solid polymer electrolyte membranes based on polyvinyl alcohol and their applications in electrochemical cells.
For fuel cells to be used more widely, their cost has to come down, and here Ilika thinks it can play a role in developing cheaper alternatives to platinum fuel-cell catalysts
, based on palladium alloys.