Environment Efficient catalysts the key to turn water into fuel

Efficient catalysts the key to turn water into fuel

Griffith University researchers are a step closer to making clean fuel from water in their quest to harness renewable energy sources to reduce global warming.

Hydrogen fuel, derived from water, has been possible for some time but the process can be expensive.

Highly efficient catalysts are needed to make the process more economically viable.

According to Professor Huijin Zhao, Director of Griffith’s Centre for Clean Environment and Energy (CCEE), the Centre’s latest research shows that an ‘ultrathin’ catalyst reduces the energy required to split water into its two components, oxygen and hydrogen.

The researchers are developing novel two-dimensional electro-catalysts known as ‘ultrathin metal-organic framework nanosheets’.

The project will provide a sound scientific basis to design and develop high performance catalysts for fuel gas production.

““Scientifically it’s already demonstrated, it’s already working, but to do this in a way that’s economically viable, there’s still a bit of work to do,” Professor Zhao says.

“We need government policy and general public support. It’s not just a simple technology issue,” he said.

Prof Zhao said hydrogen would be a promising clean fuel over petrol in the near future.

For more about this project, click here. Story credit: Griffith University newsroom

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