International team uses natural catalysts to develop low-cost way of producing green hydrogen
Experts from Swansea and Grenoble have joined forces to develop a practical way to produce green hydrogen using sustainable catalysts.
The researchers now hope their work will be a major step towards making green hydrogen production simpler, more affordable and more scalable.
Dr Moritz Kuehnel, senior lecturer in Swansea University’s chemistry department, said: “In our work we use natural enzymes – hydrogenases – to generate green hydrogen using sunlight. Unlike synthetic catalysts which are based on precious metals like platinum, hydrogenases contain only earth-abundant elements such as iron and nickel. However, these enzymes are very sensitive and quickly deactivate when exposed to air, making their practical use near impossible”. (More)