Cobalt and Nickel Molecular Catalytic Sensitisers are Able to Catalyse Water Splitting Reactions Using Solar Energy

Cobalt and Nickel Molecular Catalytic Sensitisers are Able to Catalyse Water Splitting Reactions Using Solar Energy

De-carbonisation of the global energy systems is a major challenge. In response, renewable energy sources such as photovoltaic power, wind power or biomass conversions to carbon-free energy carriers continue to mature. In this respect, hydrogen produced from renewable resources is a promising potential source of clean energy. However, at the present time carbon-intensive fossil fuels are still the dominant source of industrial hydrogen

In March 2016 we reported on Dr Erwin Reisner and associates from the University of Cambridge who developed new catalytic materials, which are based on inexpensive and widely available materials. These catalysts can efficiently affect water splitting via solar energy

Now we can report they have developed cobalt and nickel molecular catalysts that can be used for sunlight driven hydrogen production in water when immobilised on a semiconductor

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