The Anonymous Widower

New Nanomaterial Offers Efficient Hydrogen Production – Just Add Light

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Hydrogen Central.

These are the first two paragraphs.

A new nanomaterial catalyst needs only light to convert ammonia into hydrogen, its developers have said.

Made of inexpensive raw materials, the catalyst was developed by a team from Rice University in Texas, Syzygy Plasmonics Inc., and Princeton University in New Jersey.

I am not surprised, as I am a great believer in the power of catalysts.

In Hydrogen Fuel Cells Could Get A Lot Cheaper With Newly Developed Iron Catalyst, I wrote.

In the early 1970s, I worked with one of ICI’s catalyst experts and he said, that improvements in this area will be large in the future.

Increasingly, I see his prediction being proved right, in the varied fields, where catalysts are used.

It may be over fifty years ago, but then scientific truths don’t fade away and die. They just sit there quietly waiting to be rediscovered.

It is worth looking at the Syzygy Plasmonics web site.

Under a heading of Deep Decarbonisation For Chemical Manufacturing, this is their mission statement.

Syzygy is commercializing a deep-decarbonization platform dedicated to cleaning up the emissions-heavy chemical industry. We use breakthrough technology pioneered in the Laboratory for Nanophotonics at Rice University to harness energy from LED light to power chemical reactions. This new technology has the potential to partially or fully electrify the chemical industry, shifting it to renewable electricity, and cost-effectively reducing its carbon footprint.

The energy transition is here. The time to act is now.

That is some mission statement! But possibly one to expect from Houston.

November 27, 2022 - Posted by | Hydrogen | , , , , ,

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