Texas A&M Researchers Advance Green Hydrogen with Cost-Efficient Catalysts

Oct. 16, 2023
Study shows promise for MXenes, a new class of 2D-layered materials, as a more efficient catalyst.

Texas A&M University researchers are looking at a potentially more efficient path to green hydrogen production using electrocatalysts, according to a Texas A&M Today article.

The team, led by led by chemical engineering professor Abdoulaye Djire, conducted a study using MXenes, a new class of 2D-layered materials, to support Ru-atoms for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) catalysis.

The goal is to produce green hydrogen using less costly, abundant resources that use  renewable electricity.

The research demonstrated that MXenes could serve as a highly efficient catalyst for this reaction at half the expense of platinum, the research team said.

“We showed the reaction rate of the electrochemical conversion processes could be increased by modifying the electrochemical responses of these 2D nanostructured materials (called MXenes) fabricated in our laboratory at Texas A&M University,” Djire told Texas A&M Today. “By inserting metal, we were able to tune inexpensive materials and enhance their performance to match closely that of noble metals. Specifically, into the structure of the material, we can enhance the electro-catalytic performance of the material significantly.”

For the full article, visit Texas A&M Today

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