Osaka Prefecture University

Development of a novel catalyst composed of inexpensive and abundant elements to achieve a “hydrogen society”

LastUpDate: October 08, 2015

Development of a novel catalyst composed of inexpensive and abundant elements (Fe, Cu, Ca, and O) to achieve a “hydrogen society”

Dr Shunsuke Yagi, Dr. Ikuya Yamada (N2RC, Osaka Prefecture University), Dr. Hirofumi Tsukasaki, Prof. Shigeo Mori (Dept. Mater. Sci. Eng., Osaka Prefecture University), Dr. Hideki Abe, Dr. Naoto Umezawa (NIMS), and Norimasa Nishiyama (DESY, Germany) et al. have developed a novel catalyst from inexpensive and abundant elements (iron, copper, calcium and oxygen) using high-pressure and high-temperature conditions of 15 GPa and 1000 degrees Celsius. The new catalyst effectively promotes water electrolysis, and its catalytic activity exceeds those of existing catalysts made from noble metals. Further research is going into suppressing energy loss during hydrogen generation via water electrolysis, contributing to the development of the energy industry and the achievement of a “hydrogen society”.

The results of this research were published in the on-line open-access journal Nature Communications, September 10, 2015.

Covalency-reinforced oxygen evolution reaction catalyst

Contact:

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Research Center

Dr. Shunsuke Yagi

E-mail s-yagi[at]21c.osakafu-u.ac.jp *Please change [at] to @.

Dr. Ikuya Yamada

E-mail yamada[at]21c.osakafu-u.ac.jp *Please change [at] to @.