Posted in | News | Nanomaterials | Nanoenergy

New Palladium-Based Nanomaterial Production Process Shows Potential for Affordable Hydrogen Fuel Cells

With the growth of wind and solar energy and the increasing popularity of electric vehicles, many people in the U.S. may have forgotten about the promised "hydrogen economy." But in research labs around the world, progress continues. Now scientists are reporting in the Journal of the American Chemical Society a new process that could help us move faster toward sustainable hydrogen-based energy.

One of the major challenges to developing affordable hydrogen fuel cells has been storage. Hydrogen is explosive and requires costly containers to hold it safely. But recently, scientists have shown that formic acid is a good candidate for storing hydrogen. The common industrial chemical -- also the stuff of ant venom -- is stable and inexpensive. One molecule of the acid is made of five atoms, two of which are hydrogen atoms. But splitting the formic acid to release hydrogen and produce electricity requires a lot of heating and processing. So Qiang Xu and colleagues set out to find a better way.

The researchers developed a simple method for producing a palladium-based nanomaterial that can spur the breakdown of formic acid into hydrogen and carbon dioxide. Its efficiency far exceeded that of any other reported heterogeneous catalysts, they say. They also found that their process only produced carbon dioxide and hydrogen without carbon monoxide contamination, which has been a problem with other methods.

Source: http://www.acs.org

Citations

Please use one of the following formats to cite this article in your essay, paper or report:

  • APA

    American Chemical Society. (2019, February 11). New Palladium-Based Nanomaterial Production Process Shows Potential for Affordable Hydrogen Fuel Cells. AZoNano. Retrieved on May 21, 2024 from https://www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=33799.

  • MLA

    American Chemical Society. "New Palladium-Based Nanomaterial Production Process Shows Potential for Affordable Hydrogen Fuel Cells". AZoNano. 21 May 2024. <https://www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=33799>.

  • Chicago

    American Chemical Society. "New Palladium-Based Nanomaterial Production Process Shows Potential for Affordable Hydrogen Fuel Cells". AZoNano. https://www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=33799. (accessed May 21, 2024).

  • Harvard

    American Chemical Society. 2019. New Palladium-Based Nanomaterial Production Process Shows Potential for Affordable Hydrogen Fuel Cells. AZoNano, viewed 21 May 2024, https://www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=33799.

Tell Us What You Think

Do you have a review, update or anything you would like to add to this news story?

Leave your feedback
Your comment type
Submit

While we only use edited and approved content for Azthena answers, it may on occasions provide incorrect responses. Please confirm any data provided with the related suppliers or authors. We do not provide medical advice, if you search for medical information you must always consult a medical professional before acting on any information provided.

Your questions, but not your email details will be shared with OpenAI and retained for 30 days in accordance with their privacy principles.

Please do not ask questions that use sensitive or confidential information.

Read the full Terms & Conditions.