Scientists have moved a step closer to designing bio-inspired syn­thetic cat­a­lysts to pro­duce hydro­gen from water. (Credit: © Amir Kaljikovic / Fotolia)

Fuel of the Future: Cheap Hydrogen from Water One Step Closer

Jan. 30, 2013 — Hydro­gen has tremen­dous poten­tial as an eco-friendly fuel, but it is expen­sive to pro­duce. Now researchers at Prince­ton Uni­ver­sity and Rut­gers Uni­ver­sity have moved a step closer to har­ness­ing nature to pro­duce hydro­gen for us.

The team, led by Prince­ton chem­istry pro­fes­sor Annabella Sel­l­oni, takes inspi­ra­tion from bac­te­ria that make hydro­gen from water using enzymes called di-iron hydro­ge­nases. Selloni’s team uses com­puter mod­els to fig­ure out how to incor­po­rate the magic of these enzymes into the design of prac­ti­cal syn­thetic cat­a­lysts that humans can use to pro­duce hydro­gen from water.

Read more: Fuel of the future: Cheap hydrogen from water one step closer — Science Daily.

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