Protonation enhances water splitting

Researchers in China and Singapore have designed a new platinum electrocatalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction that outperforms existing catalysts and also performs better than theoretical calculations suggest it should.

Source: Royal Society of Chemistry
Transmission electron microscopy image of the new electrocatalyst showing its branched structure

Hydrogen can serve as a clean fuel, and electrochemical water splitting through the hydrogen evolution reaction is one way to generate this valuable resource. Many current electrocatalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction are based on platinum, which, although expensive, can be very efficient. Researchers are always looking to improve the efficiency of platinum electrocatalysts to make the hydrogen evolution reaction a suitable replacement for fossil fuels.

Read the full story by Suzanne Howson on Chemistry World.

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One Response to “Protonation enhances water splitting”

  1. The protonation of hydrogen for the evolution of hydrogen is highly useful and valuable form of fuel in the coming future. However we all know that platinum is higly expensive and economically not viable for the country. Hence some alternative electrocatalyst would rather be more useful for the preparation of hydrogen fuel to ensure sustainable development in the near future.

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