Laboratory for ElectroCatalysis

Laboratory for ElectroCatalysis is a research group studying materials for renewable energy conversion and sustainable metal recycling. Using advanced techniques we are making exciting discoveries about electrocatalyst behavior at the level of atoms!

Mission: Our primary goal is to pursue scientific challenges in the field of electrochemical energy conversion and corrosion.

Operating as usual

Effect of the Morphology of the High-Surface-Area Support on the Performance of the Oxygen-Evolution Reaction for Iridium Nanoparticles

We squeezed another paper in 2020. This one is also a part of a fruitful collaboration with IJS (Luka) lead by Marjan! And we are also starting to add Raman to our characterization arsenal (Thanks Angelja) :) The development of affordable, low-iridium-loading, scalable, active, and stable catalysts for the oxygen-evolution reaction (OER) is a requirement for the commercialization of proton-exchange membrane water electrolyzers (PEMWEs). However, the synthesis of high-performance OER catalysts with minima...

Identification of durable and non-durable FeNx sites in Fe–N–C materials for proton exchange membrane fuel cells

Another huge congrats to our Goran for the 🤩amazing paper! Fe–N–C materials are a promising alternative to platinum for catalysing the oxygen reduction reaction in acidic polymer fuel cells. Now, a 57Fe Mössbauer study reveals that while these catalysts initially comprise two distinct FeNx sites, a high-spin FeN4C12 and a low- or intermediate-spin FeN4...

And there is more from Dr. Gatalo :)
Congrats on the award!

Dobitniki prestižne Preglove nagrade za izjemno doktorsko delo v letu 2020 so dr. Sara Drvarič Talian, dr. Matija Gatalo in dr. Tina Škorjanc. Iskrene čestitke! 👏👏👏 Več > #Preglovenagrade


And now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for:
🏆 The winners of the EIT Jumpstarter 2020 competition are unveiled, the most promising start-ups were selected in the EIT Jumpstarter Grand Final!
🚀 Congratulations to Drone Plan, GasTrade, Smarth-Prop, UCO waste management system, Coffeco, Relicta - Innovation of Packaging, Meterscope, Etern+, Fetalix, MMD3D, Axodynamic, VocDec, Recatalyst, CMS, ZincO, Flameless, Horizer, Parity Platform, AIRIO, BUTMA, ArcLubOne, Laser Street, Tumultum and NCELLUM 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

During the virtual event the best 36 start-ups of the competition showed their business ideas related to 6 key sectors: Health, Food, Raw Materials, Energy, Manufacturing and Urban Mobility, to the potential investors and jury of experts. The best projects were awarded cash prizes in the total amount of EUR 162 000 🔥

1st place: 10.000 €
2nd place: 7.000 €
3rd place: 5.000 €
Impact Prize: 5.000 €

If you missed the Grand Final, no worries, the event was recorded 🎥
Just go to your registration link and catch up with the finalists 🥳

EIT - European Institute of Innovation and Technology EIT Health EIT Health InnoStars EIT Food EIT Urban Mobility EIT InnoEnergy EIT Manufacturing EIT RawMaterials

Noč ima svojo moč

Forgot to post this! Here is our Dr. Gatalo telling you what he does.

[ 🎬 Spoznajte raziskovalca 👨‍🔬 ]
❓ S čim se ukvarja in kaj raziskuje?
❕ Na vprašanje nam je odgovoril raziskovalec s Kemijskega inštituta.

➡ Če vas zanima raziskovanje, raziskovalci, zanimivi poskusi, se nam 27. novembra pridružite na vseslovenskem dogodku 👉 @Noč ima svojo moč! 🌒
➡ Pred tem sodelujte v projektu znanosti za državljane in nam pomagajte spremljati zdravje divjih kostanjev 👉 🌳
➡ Oglejte si še druge posnetke na YouTube kanalu Noč ima svojo moč:

#ern #nocmoc #nocimasvojomoc #mscaNIGHT Hiša eksperimentov Kemijski inštitut Institut "Jožef Stefan" Nacionalni inštitut za biologijo Tehniški muzej Slovenije

Noč ima svojo moč

We are also a part of European Researchers’ Night 2020! Today!


Čakajo vas spletne dogodivščine, eksperimentiranje, klepet z raziskovalci, ogledi raziskovalnih ustanov, predavanja o aktualnih temah, pa razstave in celo virtualni koncert!

#ern #EuropeanResearchersNight #nocmoc #nocimasvojomoc #mscaNIGHT #ERN20

Hiša eksperimentov Tehniški muzej Slovenije Kemijski inštitut Institut "Jožef Stefan"Nacionalni inštitut za biologijo

Congratulations to Dr. Matija Gatalo and Tomaž Bizjak for winning another prize :) This time it is European EIT 2020 Jumpstarter! More info coming soon! Now we 🥳

Here are some nice desktop background renders from our recent publication. Enjoy!

Modified Floating Electrode Apparatus for Advanced Characterization of Oxygen Reduction Reaction Electrocatalysts - IOPscience

Huge congrats and thanks to Armin and Primož for giving us this new methodology enabling high current densities and electron microscopy analysis of electrocatalysts. More info in the paper... #ERC #123STABLE #ElectroCat If you have a user account, you will need to reset your password the next time you login. You will only need to do this once. Find out more.

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Check out our new publication in collaboration with colleagues from IJS! Congrats to everybody. More is coming!

ACS Applied Nano Materials | Vol 3, No 10

We got another cover! Check it out (the one on the right). :) The incessant transitions occurring in a cancer cell in response to cancer therapy have put forth a lot of irreversible consequences, eventuating a high mortality rate. This upsurge in morbidity and fatality is rationalized by the unilateral modes of conventional treatment regimens such as chemother...

Laboratory for ElectroCatalysis's cover photo

Laboratory for ElectroCatalysis's cover photo

2020 Efcats Summer School

Listen to Dr. Matija Gatalo's😎 conference talk on the topic of Pt-alloy fuel cell electrocatalysts.

Unveiling Oxygen Vacancy Superstructures in Reduced Anatase Thin Films

Again, congrats Goran! :) Oxygen vacancies are known to play a crucial role in tuning the physical properties and technological applications of titanium dioxide TiO2. Over the last decades, defects in substoichiometric TiO2 have been commonly associated with the formation of TinO2n–x Magnéli phases, which are extended pla...

Stable, Active, and Methanol-Tolerant PGM-Free Surfaces in an Acidic Medium: Electron Tunneling at Play in Pt/FeNC Hybrid Catalysts for Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Cathodes

Congrats Goran! PGM-free catalysts have high initial activity for O2 reduction reaction, but they suffer from low stability in acid medium in proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) and direct methanol fuel cells (DMFC). Here, we shed light on the atomic-scale structure of hybrid Pt/FeNC catalysts (1–2 wt %...

Assembly of Pt Nanoparticles on Graphitized Carbon Nanofibers as Hierarchically-Structured Electrodes

Another great collaboration. It however took some time to get it out. But we are super excited as this is opening up new opportunities in our studies!
This time we worked with our Italian colleagues who are experts in electrospinning. Many thanks for hosting us in two beautiful historic center Lecce and Pisa. Carbon-based nanofibers decorated with metallic nanoparticles as hierarchically-structured electrodes offer significant opportunities for use in low-temperature fuel cells, electrolyzers, flow and air batteries, and electrochemical sensors. We present a facile and scalable method for preparing nanos...

Atomistic Insights into the Stability of Pt Single Atom Electrocatalysts

Check out our recent collaboration with the guys from Erlangen HIERN ( and Korea. Glad to be a part of this great study! Single-atom catalysts (SACs) have quickly emerged as a new class of catalytic materials. When confronted with classi-cal carbon-supported nanoparticulated catalysts (Pt/C), SACs are often claimed to have superior electrocatalytic prop-erties, e.g. stability. In this study, we critically assess this....

The Importance of Temperature and Potential Window in Stability Evaluation of Supported Pt-Based Oxygen Reduction Reaction Electrocatalysts in Thin Film Rotating Disc Electrode Setup - IOPscience

❗️New ElectroCat paper❗️
This time we are presenting our new methodology that enables precise studying of electrocatalysts at elevated temperatures, bringing important insight into a better understanding of their (in)stability. 🤓

#PEMFC #FuelCell #hydrogen #catalysts #ElectroCat If you have a user account, you will need to reset your password the next time you login. You will only need to do this once. Find out more.

Izr. prof. dr. Nejc Hodnik, dobitnik ERC projekta, 2019, KI | Tromba

In a new interview, Dr. Hodnik spoke to Tromba about electrification of our society based on renewable hydrogen technology and circular economy.

See the full interview (in Slovene): Posted on 17.06.20 in Featured, Galerije, Inštituti, Video Izr. prof. dr. Nejc Hodnik, dobitnik ERC projekta, 2019, KI Slovenski znanstveniki v zadnjih letih izkazujejo vse več mednarodne uspešnosti, kar se kaže tudi v pridobivanju najprestižnejših projektov, kamor sodijo projekti Evropskega r...

Freshly out of the box and eager to start working very soon 💪🤓 #ECMS #ElectrochemicalMassSpectrometry

Something BIG arrived at our lab today ...😁😁 What's hiding in all the boxes? Get a sneak peek tomorrow ... 😎
#ECMS #Electrochemistry #MassSpectrometry

Stability and degradation mechanisms of copper‐based catalysts for electrochemical CO2 reduction

⚡️Electricity⚡️ is used to electrochemically transform CO2 into high-value products like hydrocarbons and alcohols. The best material to catalyze these reactions are 🔸nanoparticles of copper🔸 But like any material, they change and degrade over time.

What are the mechanisms of degradation and how to slow it down? Stefan and other ElectroCats discuss this in a new mini-review together with colleagues from EPFL.

Well done! 👏👏 Up to date, copper is the only monometallic catalyst that can electrochemically reduce CO2 into high value and energy‐dense products, such as hydrocarbons and alcohols. In recent years, great effort...

Kemijski inštitut

Začne se v ponedeljek 1.6., ko se nam ob 11.00 pridružite na spletnem predavanju Janeza Potočnika 👉 Več o programu na > Vabljeni! Janez Potočnik

Our nano-bunny went on an Easter egg hunt under the microscope ☺️🐰

Happy and peaceful holidays to everybody!

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Kemijski inštitut

🎯 Razpisujemo: Doktorska štipendija Janka Jamnika za perspektivnega mladega raziskovalca/ko s področja kemije in sorodnih ved. Rok: 30.4.2020! Več 👉 // Call: Janko Jamnik Doctoral Scholarship for Promising Early-Stage Researchers in Chemistry and Related Sciences. Deadline: April 30 2020! More 👉 #stipendija #scholarship #chemistry #science

[03/16/20]   We are working from home. This will last for at least two weeks. Hope to be back soon!

All the best to everybody and their families!

Kemija na električni pogon (in obratno)

After Alessandro Volta reported his battery invention in 1800, the race was on to discover more about the mysterious new power of electricity.

It only took a couple of weeks before the new device was first used to split water into hydrogen and oxygen - the field of electrocatalysis was started.

More than 220 years later, we are still studying the same processes. Read more about how this field started and how we are tackling it today in our new article (in Slovene) in Alternator Misliti znanost. Kemija na električni pogon (in obratno) Daljše / Tehnika Foto: Arne Hodalič Datum 27. 2. 2020 Avtorja Nejc Hodnik Urša Petek Deli Natisni E-novice Da ne bi zamudili novih zapisov in dognanj, se lahko prijavite na e-novice. Prijavi se Leta 1800 sta ugledni londonski kirurg Anthony Carlisle in kem...

ElectroCat spends a lot of time in the lab. But ElectroCat also has a travel bug 😎😁
This week you can find it roaming around the Wahiba desert in Oman 🏜

Dr. Hodnik presenting our approach to electrocatalysis research in Vipava last night. There are many societal challenges that can be addressed with electrochemistry - especially sustainable energy solutions.

Thanks to the Univerza v Novi Gorici / University of Nova Gorica for the invitation and a lovely organization!

Kemijski inštitut na razpisu za štipendije Marie Sklodowska-Curie do sredstev za devet projektov Kemijski inštitut je na zadnjem razpisu za evropske štipendije Marie Sklodowska-Curie pridobil financiranje devetih projektov. Trije tuji podoktorandi bodo prijeli štipendije Marie Sklodowska-Curie, dva bosta prejela tako imenovano širitveno štipendijo, štirim projektom pa bo Evropska komisija...

Kemijski inštitut: Our scientific excellence also confirmed in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Exciting news! ElectroCat will soon be welcoming a new postdoc - the recipient of the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie individual fellowship! 👏👏👏
He will be designing materials that convert CO2 into useable chemicals and fuels with ⚡️electrochemistry⚡️. Making alternative fuels from CO2 waste - wouldn't that be something? 🤗
#MSCAction #ElectroCatLab Ljubljana, 05.02.2020 - National Institute of Chemistry attracts outstanding foreign postdocs to Slovenia. Nine projects of the National Institute of Chemistry will be financed under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Call 2019. As the most successful institution in Slovenia, we are consolidating our leadin...

Študiraš kemijo ali kemijsko inženirstvo in te zanima raziskovalno delo? Si želiš sodelovati pri razvoju novih materialov za čisto energetsko prihodnost?
Potem si ravno pravi-a, da se pridružiš dinamičnemu timu ✨ElectroCat✨ na Kemijskem inštitutu!

Za info in prijavo piši na [email protected]

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