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New Material Cleans and Splits Water into Hydrogen

By | News, Research News | No Comments November 11, 2018

Researchers at EPFL’s Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering have developed a photocatalytic system based on a material in the class of metal-organic frameworks. The system can be used to degrade pollutants present in water while simultaneously producing hydrogen that can be captured and used further. Some of the most useful and versatile materials today…

Scientists Unravel the Mysteries of Polymer Strands in Fuel Cells

By | News, Research News | No Comments November 10, 2018

From the Journal: The Journal of Chemical Physics WASHINGTON, D.C.– Hydrogen fuel cells offer an attractive source of continuous energy for remote applications, from spacecraft to remote weather stations. Fuel cell efficiency decreases as the Nafion membrane, used to separate the anode and cathode within a fuel cell, swells as it interacts with water.  A Russian…

UNIST Research on High-performance Self-assembled Catalyst for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) Selected as the Front Cover of September 2018 Issue of the Journal of Materials Chemistry

By | News, Research News | No Comments November 4, 2018

A recent study, affiliated with UNIST has introduced a novel catalyst that can significantly enhance the performance of perovskite electrodes in Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC). This breakthrough has been led by Professor Gunatae Kim in the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering at UNIST in collaboration with Professor Jeeyoung Shin of Sukmyeong Women’s University, Jeong Woo Hn…

Manganese may finally solve hydrogen fuel cells’ catalyst problem

By | News, Research News | No Comments October 31, 2018

Widely available and inexpensive, the metal could lead to a renewable energy boom By Cory Nealon BUFFALO, N.Y. — Manganese is known for making stainless steel and aluminum soda cans. Now, researchers say the metal could advance one of the most promising sources of renewable energy: hydrogen fuel cells. In a study published today (Oct. 29, 2018)…

A Solar Cell That Does Double Duty for Renewable Energy

By | News, Research News | No Comments October 30, 2018

Researchers develop an artificial photosynthesis system that generates hydrogen fuel and electricity at the same time ​ In the quest for abundant, renewable alternatives to fossil fuels, scientists have sought to harvest the sun’s energy through “water splitting,” an artificial photosynthesis technique that uses sunlight to generate hydrogen fuel from water. But water-splitting devices have…

Israeli Researchers make a Breakthrough and Master Use of Solar Power to Find a Cheaper Way of Producing Hydrogen

By | News, Research News | No Comments October 26, 2018

A new st​udy published in Nature Communications presents a breakthrough toward understanding the mechanism of splitting water.  Researchers led by Dr. Arik ​Yochelis and Dr. Iris Visoly-Fisher of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Technion, have cracked the chemical mechanism that occurs during the photochemical splitting of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) over iron-oxide photo-electrodes. The discovery, they say, could have a significant impact…

Noble Metal-Free Catalyst System as Active as Platinum: Could be very helpful for fuel cells

By | News, Research News | No Comments October 25, 2018

The industry has been traditionally deploying platinum alloys as catalysts for oxygen reduction, which is for example essential in fuel cells or metal-air batteries. Expensive and rare, that metal imposes strict restrictions on manufacture. Researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) and Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung have discovered an alloy made up of five elements that is noble…

DICP Scientists Develop New Hybrid Power Devices Based on Fuel Cells and Supercapacitors

By | News, Research News | No Comments October 20, 2018

A research group led by Prof. SUN Gongquan and Prof. WANG Suli from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences invented a new electrochemical power sources based on the in-situ coupling of direct methanol fuel cells and supercapacitors. Their findings were published in ACS Energy Letters. High power density and high energy…

RUDN Chemist Tests a New Nanocatalyst for Production of Hydrogen

By | News, Research News | No Comments October 18, 2018

A chemist from RUDN was the first to use catalysts with ruthenium nanoparticles to obtain hydrogen under the influence of visible light and UV radiation. In the future, such catalysts may be used for large-scale production of hydrogen fuel under the influence of sunlight. The results of the study were published in Applied Catalysis B: Environmental….