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 […]

Northwestern University scientists are the first to develop a catalyst that can perform a remarkable feat found only in nature: take nitrogen from the air and turn it into ammonia under natural conditions. (Ammonia is the critical component in fertilizer.) If fully realized the process might displace more than 1 percent of world energy use. […]

University of Houston (UH) scientists have found a catalyst that can quickly generate hydrogen from water using sunlight’s solar power.  The new technique involves the use of cobalt oxide nanoparticles to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The research paper has just been published online in Nature Nanotechnology, behind a paywall. Professor Jiming Bao, lead […]

A research team led by Yat Li, associate professor of chemistry at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) has developed the solar-microbial device that uses only sunlight and wastewater to produce hydrogen gas.  The results could provide a sustainable energy source while improving the efficiency of wastewater treatment.  Maybe the sewer bills could go […]

Scientists combined a pigment with semiconducting nanoparticles to create a system that uses light to spark a catalytic process that creates hydrogen fuel.  Argonne nanoscientist Elena Rozhkova and her colleagues combined a pigment called bacteriorhodopsin, a protein found in the membranes of ancient microorganisms that live in desert salt flats, with sunlight to generate environmentally […]

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