Rice University scientists have developed a new single, robust catalyst that splits water into hydrogen and oxygen with Earth-abundant materials that approach the efficiency of more expensive platinum. The electrolytic film produced at Rice and tested at the University of Houston is a three-layer structure of nickel, graphene and a compound of iron, manganese and […]

Ruhr-University Bochum researchers have clarified the crucial catalytic step in the production of hydrogen by enzymes. The enzymes, called [FeFe]-hydrogenases, efficiently turn electrons and protons into hydrogen. Therefore they are candidates for the biotechnological production of the potential energy source. Professor Thomas Happe, one of the authors of the study said, “In order to produce […]

Australian University of New South Wales (UNSW) chemists have invented a new, cheap catalyst for splitting water with an electrical current to efficiently produce hydrogen fuel. Usually splitting water requires two different catalysts, but this catalyst can drive both of the reactions required to separate water into oxygen and hydrogen. The technology is based on […]

An international research team has developed a new water splitting catalyst with a molybdenum coating. Water-splitting systems require a very efficient catalyst to speed up the chemical reaction that splits water into hydrogen and oxygen, while preventing the gases from recombining back into water. The molybdenum coated catalyst prevents this problematic back reaction and works […]

University of Southern California researchers have devised a way to produce and store hydrogen from methanol, without concurrent production of either carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide, by trapping it in organic derivatives of ammonia called amines. 1994 Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner the late George Olah in his last major paper, G. K. Surya Prakash, […]

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