04-Feb-2013 - Brookhaven National Laboratory

Cheap, simple and efficient molybdenum carbide electrocatalysts for hydrogen production

US scientists have made an efficient catalytic system to split water that uses molybdenum carbide nanoparticles on a carbon nanotube support. Molybdenum and carbon are both low cost and abundant elements. Water splitting using sustainable energy sources, such as solar and wind power, has been identified as a promising technology, with the hydrogen produced being a clean fuel of the future. The current catalysts for water splitting include platinum. However, this is expensive and global supply is low. The system also has the advantage of straightforward catalyst preparation.

  • W-F Chen et al, Energy Environ. Sci., 2013
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