Cover Picture: Self-Sustainable Production of Hydrogen, Chemicals, and Energy from Renewable Alcohols by Electrocatalysis (ChemSusChem 7/2010)



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The conversion of biomasses from agriculture into either hydrogen or chemicals is a target of primary importance for sustainable development. In their Full Paper on page 851, Claudio Bianchini and co-workers report a method to produce both hydrogen and chemicals in a single process making use of electricity provided by renewable energy sources. The cover image shows an effectively assembled self-sustainable hydrogen fuel cell; hydrogen is produced by the electrolysis of aqueous solutions of alcohols. The realization of such a process will provide ultrapure hydrogen and, at the same time, lead to the sustainable production of industrially relevant feedstocks from biomasses.