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It doesn’t always have to be precious metals: Ulf-Peter Apfel and his colleagues discovered a promising new catalyst material. © RUB, Kramer

New catalyst for hydrogen production

Nat. Comm.: With the aid of platinum catalysts, it is possible to efficiently produce hydrogen. However, this metal is rare and expensive. Researchers have discovered an alternative that is just as good, but less costly.

The mineral pentlandite is a potential new catalyst for hydrogen production. As described in the journal “Nature Communications”, it works just as efficient as the platinum electrodes commonly used today. In contrast to platinum, pentlandite is affordable and found frequently on Earth. A team headed by Dr. Ulf-Peter Apfel and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schuhmann of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum describes the results together with colleagues from the Max-Planck-Institute for Coal Research in Mülheim an der Ruhr and the Technical University of Bratislava.

 

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