Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Article Written By: Kyle Tam


 A team of researchers from the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) have discovered a new way of producing hydrogen fuel. This new process centres around using a combination of sunlight and photosensitive lipids to produce hydrogen from water.
 Producing hydrogen on a large scale has always been problem, mostly due to fuel cells being rather complex and expensive to produce. The team focused on using a less-frequently-used process of extracting hydrogen from water through solar power using a special compound. This compound was made of a photosensitive protein shaped into nanodiscs - made from circular fragments of cell membrane composed of a lipid bilayer.
 To induce photocatalysis (to produce hydrogen from sunlight), the team dissolved the nanodiscs in water with titanium dioxide and tiny amounts of platinum. Using white light, it was found that hydrogen was emitted from the experiment at an almost constant rate for some two to three hours.
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