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An Exceptionally Active Catalyst for Generating Hydrogen from Water

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  • Prof. , Sir John M. Thomas

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    1. Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, CB2 3QZ (UK), Fax: (+44) 1223-521-276
    • Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, CB2 3QZ (UK), Fax: (+44) 1223-521-276
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  • I am grateful to one of the referees for drawing my attention to the Canadian patent filed by Bosch in 1914.

Abstract

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Rising to the challenge: A reliable, stable, safe, and low-cost method of producing H2 from H2O is needed so that this high-energy-density gas can serve as a cleaner source of energy, particularly for low-temperature fuel-cell-powered devices. An atomically dispersed Pt catalyst (see picture) recently developed on an inexpensive and inert support could well hold the key.

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