New research confirms that Devices made of oxide and carbon can produce hydrogen from water over weeks.
New research confirms that devices made of readily available oxide and carbon-based materials can produce clean hydrogen from water over weeks.
The findings were co-led by Dr Virgil Andrei, a Research Personnel at St John’s College, University of Cambridge, along with academics at Imperial College, London.
This discovery could solve one of the major issues in solar fuel production,
Currently, earth-abundant light-absorbing materials are very limited through either their performance or stability, but such devices can be conveniently constructed!
Since a huge amount of hydrogen is currently supplied from
researchers have always been working to find ways to
generate hydrogen in a sustainable fashion.
One way for this was to make devices harvesting sunlight and splitting water to produce green hydrogen.
While many materials have been tested for this, most degrade spontaneously when submerged in water.
So, the team of researchers made devices
mimicking the natural photosynthesis
process taking place in plant leaves, except they produce fuels like
Hydrogen instead of Sugars and Glucose.
These artificial leaf devices were made from BiOI called Earth Abundant solar pixels, harvesting sunlight to produce O2, H2 and CO.