Researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), alongside collaborators from Oregon State University (OSU), have tested a catalyst which converts wastewater and seawater into hydrogen.
The molybdenum-phosphide (MoP) catalyst was tested with wastewater in a small reactor called a microbial electrolysis cell (MEC). In comparison to related studies, the MoP catalyst produced hydrogen fast times faster than other non-platinum catalysts.
“If you can produce hydrogen from seawater, the resource pool is pretty much unlimited,” said Yugan Shao, Material Scientist at PNNL and catalyst research leader.
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