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January 2019

Gelatin Guides the Self-Assembly of Transition Metal Carbides for Hydrogen Electrocatalysis

Scientific Achievement

Foundry users and staff have developed a method to make a new, cheap and effective catalyst that can generate hydrogen gas by electrocatalysis.

Significance and Impact

The new catalyst is as effective but significantly cheaper than existing platinum catalysts and generates hydrogen gas without producing carbon dioxide as a byproduct. The discovery will enable low-cost hydrogen manufacturing processes and provides a new source of hydrogen for alternative energy technologies.

Research Details

X. Zang, W. Chen, X. Zou, J. N. Hohman, L. Yang, B. Li, M. Wei, C. Zhu, J. Liang, M. Sanghadasa, J. Gu, L. Lin. Adv. Mater. 2018, 30, 1805188. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201805188