Controlled Generation of Hydrogen from Formic Acid Amine Adducts at Room Temperature and Application in H2/O2 Fuel Cells


  • This work has been supported by the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the BMBF, the DFG (Leibniz prize), and the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie (FCI). We thank Dr. C. Fischer, S. Bucholz, and C. Mewes (LIKAT) for their excellent analytical and technical support and Carbo-Tex GmbH Paderborn for a free sample of CarboTex.


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Forever blowing bubbles: Hydrogen is generated from formic acid amine adducts at room temperature used directly in fuel cells (see picture for apparatus). Ruthenium phosphine systems act as catalysts in this transformation.