Peter Kúš successfully defended his doctoral thesis last year and continues in our group as a researcher. However, the defense has not remained his only success with the thesis. Charles University nominated it for inclusion in Springer Theses, a book series of outstanding PhD theses in the fields of chemistry, physics, earth sciences, and engineering. Springer has accepted the nomination and published the thesis in the series, which comprises only 100–200 dissertations from around the world each year. Peter has slightly extended and updated his thesis for the book edition.
The dissertation, named Thin-Film Catalysts for Proton Exchange Membrane Water Electrolyzers and Unitized Regenerative Fuel Cells, is focused on the deposition of thin-film catalysts by magnetron sputtering on the anode side of proton-exchange-membrane water electrolyzers and unitized regenerative fuel cells. Both the catalyst deposition by magnetron sputtering and the merging of an electrolyzer and a fuel cell into a single device (the unitized regenerative fuel cell) can reduce the costs of energy storage in hydrogen, which is the core concept of hydrogen economy.