The Palladium Challenge

Promoted by IPMI and Sponsored by Nornickel

Areas of Research

Projects from any field of science and technology can participate in the competition. However, palladium applications in the hydrogen economy (including hydrogen storage and cleaning films, catalysts for electrolyzers and fuel cells, and hydrogen sensors), battery technologies (with palladium as a battery energy density booster), sensors, industrial catalysts or alloys are seen as the most promising areas of the research.

Who Can Participate

Participation in The Palladium Challenge is not restricted. All laboratories, universities, individual scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs with a great idea are encouraged to participate.

The Palladium Challenge Criteria

The winner(s) will be determined by a panel of renowned experts in science and technology and the PGM market. The panel’s decision will be based on the following key criteria:

  1. The scientific novelty of the proposed project
  2. Economic feasibility and sustainability of the project
  3. Minimum annual palladium demand in thousands of troy ounces generated by the proposed application

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The Palladium Challenge Criteria

The winner(s) will be determined by a panel of renowned experts in science
and technology and the PGM market. The panel’s decision will be based on the
following key criteria:

  1. The scientific novelty of the proposed project
  2. Economic feasibility and sustainability of the project
  3. Minimum annual palladium demand in thousands of
    troy ounces generated by the proposed application
Intellectual Property Rights

Subject to the Official Rules of the Palladium Challenge, participants retain any
intellectual property, if any, in the submissions and assume all responsibility for
any protection thereof. IPMI assumes no responsibility or liability whatsoever for
any publication, use or dissemination of any submissions in connection with the
Palladium Challenge.

Participant Registration and Official Rules

Participation in the Palladium Challenge is subject to the Official Rules and
Participant’s agreement to be bound by the terms thereof.

IPMI Disclaimer

IPMI is committed to serving its members and supports education and the sustainable
and environmentally responsible expansion of the use of the precious metals in all
applications. Subject to the terms of the Official Rules, IPMI makes no representations
or warranties regarding the results of the Palladium Challenge and shall remain free and
clear of any liability in connection therewith.

The Palladium Challenge Awards
  • 1st place – US$200,000
  • 2nd place – US$100,000
  • 3rd place – US$50,000

Winners to be selected by September 2022

Nornickel retains the right to make changes to the awards and/or decline to grant any specific award
In the event the Panel finds that no submission meets the contest criteria.