Washington State University (WSU) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) researchers have created a sodium-ion battery that holds as much energy and works as well as some commercial lithium-ion battery chemistries. The new battery may be a potentially viable battery technology made out of abundant and cheap materials. The team is reporting one of the […]

A University of Wisconsin at Madison research team reports a hydrogen making catalyst containing phosphorus and sulfur – both common elements – and cobalt, a metal that is 1,000 times cheaper than platinum. Like gasoline, natural gas and other petrochemicals, hydrogen could also be used to store energy. Hydrogen could be the ideal fuel: Whether […]

Platinum as a catalyst is expensive, and it degrades over time, but it works great in many applications especially in hydrogen fuel cells. A Brown University chemist team has engineered a cheaper and more durable catalyst using graphene, cobalt, and cobalt-oxide – perhaps the best non platinum catalyst so far.  The team’s paper has been […]

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have produced hydrogen from water using a newly designed and inexpensive cobalt catalyst.  It’s noteworthy because the cobalt catalyst will work in conditions useful to industry.  The catalyst uses simple fresh water, tolerates oxygen in the atmosphere and runs at room temperature. These attributes set up respectable “Faradaic efficiencies” […]

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