Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientists have a new material design that puts the long-sought idea of using artificial photosynthesis to generate renewable fuel within reach. Scientist Heinz Frei has spent decades working toward building an artificial version of one of nature’s most elegant and effective machines: the leaf. Frei, and many other researchers around the […]

Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… University of Oregon researchers used an atomic-force microscope fitted with an electrode tip 1,000 times smaller than a human hair to identify in real time how nanoscale catalysts collect charges that are excited by light in semiconductors. It’s a discovery that could help efforts to design devices that can store solar power for later […]

Newcastle University researchers have engineered a chemical reactor capable of producing hydrogen as a pure product stream. The reactor represents a ‘transformational’ step forward in the chemical industry. It is the first thermodynamically reversible chemical reactor capable of producing hydrogen. The novel reactor, described in the academic journal Nature Chemistry, avoids mixing reactant gases by […]

Princeton University engineer’s research has harnessed sunlight to isolate hydrogen from industrial wastewater, doubling the previous standard for splitting hydrogen from water in a scalable way. Hydrogen is a critical component in the manufacture of thousands of common products from plastic to fertilizers, but producing pure hydrogen is expensive and energy intensive. In a paper […]

University of Innsbruck, Austria, scientists and colleagues have now devised a method of using copper as a catalyst in the reaction designed to split water and produce hydrogen in gaseous form. The new model explains interactions between small copper clusters used as low-cost catalysts in the production of hydrogen by breaking down water molecules. Copper […]

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