Dear BEST community,
Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have used
biomimicry to develop a new way of producing hydrogen for fuel cells.
Hydrogen fuel cells are currently expensive due to the use of an
expensive platinum catalyst to separate the hydrogen from water. PNNL
researchers have used hydrogenase (an enzyme in anaerobic digestion) as
their model, and dissolved the imitation they created in ionic liquid to
produce 53,000 molecules of hydrogen per second. For real world
applications, however, the team will need to bind the catalyst to a
fixed surface rather than dissolve it.
Have a good week!
BioEnergy and Sustainability School Intern
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June 16th, 2012