Indiana University (IU) researchers have reported a highly efficient biomaterial has been created that catalyzes the formation of hydrogen. The novel catalyst also works in reverse to recombine hydrogen and oxygen to generate power. The catalyst makes up one half of the “holy grail” of splitting H2O to make hydrogen and oxygen for fueling cheap […]






Scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced advances have been made toward affordable photoelectrochemical (PEC) production of hydrogen. PEC is solar energy driving a semiconductor coated with a catalyst that for this example chemically splits hydrogen from water. The NREL work shows that molecular catalysts can be as highly active as […]






Researchers at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are demonstrating a process called ‘methane cracking’. This reaction occurs at high temperatures (750°C and above) and does not release any harmful emissions. The two institutions have been researching an innovative technique to extract hydrogen from methane […]






Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) scientists have discovered that Cyanothece 51142, a type of bacteria also called blue-green algae, draws on a second source of energy, using sunlight and water directly to make hydrogen. Researchers already knew that 51142 makes hydrogen by drawing upon sugars that it has stored during growth. Finding that the organism […]






Rice University researchers report cobalt atoms on nitrogen-doped graphene are a robust solid-state catalyst for hydrogen production. The discovery may be an effective replacement for more expensive platinum-activated catalysts in fuel cells and other energy applications. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour and colleagues at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the University of Texas […]






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