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New material outperforms platinum as fuel cell catalyst

For FCVs to enter the mainstream, the platinum catalyst will need to be replaced with a cheaper material. Scientists at Rice University may have the solution

In the automotive industry, the rare metal platinum is used in the manufacture of catalytic converters. With the global automotive market constantly expanding, there is a rising need for platinum. Due to its rarity, cost and production volatility, the cost of platinum is likely to remain high.

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