Pajarito Powder’s PMF Catalyst High-Performing in EU Study


July 21, 2020

Pajarito Powder’s Fe-N-C catalyst (“PAJ” in the study, and commercially available precious-metal free catalyst) was rated as one of the “best-in-class Fe-N-C catalysts for PEMFC applications”. Pajarito Powder underwent a “cross-laboratory study” from University of Padua, Imperial College London, the Institut Charles Gerhardt (CNRS*-University of Montpellier-ENSCM), and the Technical University Berlin. This study is especially unique because of the depth of its analysis in the origin of the catalytic reactivities.

 If you have the ability to access the article at Energy & Environmental Science, it is published here:!divAbstract

Pajarito Powder’s precious-metal free catalyst endured numerous tests that measured its physico-chemical properties and catalytic performance. Most notably, it scored the highest in relative content of nitrogen species, ORR mass activity, and turn over frequency.

 “It is an important study for Pajarito Powder, as our catalyst was tested among world best and state-of-the-art PMF materials. We are very excited to see in this high quality, peer-reviewed article that Pajarito Powder’s electrocatalyst was one of the most active and promising substitutes for Platinum material”-said Chief Scientist Dr. Alexey Serov of Pajarito Powder.

Research leading to the results presented in this study was partially funded from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCHJU) project “CRESCENDO” (Critical Raw material ElectrocatalystS replacement ENabling Designed pOst-2020). The Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, Hydrogen Europe.

Pajarito Powder, LLC is a domestic venture-backed startup, funded by the Verge Fund, Omphalos Venture Partners and other investors, focused on developing next-generation catalysts and catalyst supports for the fuel cell and electrolyzer industries. Working with automotive OEMs, fuel cell component companies and major electrolyzer manufacturers, Pajarito Powder is an established leader in advanced catalyst and catalyst support development in rapidly accelerating clean/green hydrogen energy industries.

*the project lead and a separate institution.


“Best-in-class Fe-N-C catalysts for PEMFC applications”.


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