Iranian researchers at Zanjan Fundamental Sciences University along with researchers from Russia and the US have synthesized a catalyst which has the capability of water oxidation as a clean fuel.
There are efforts underway to analyze water to hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen obtained from the analysis can be used as a clean energy, because in case it is analyzed water is produced.
The scientists have managed to make compounds with high efficiency and lowest level of energy consumption to oxidize water to oxygen. They also synthesized a type of manganese oxide capable of oxidizing water in acidic conditions, acting like expensive platinum. The cheap material is as qualified as platinum in the process of water oxidation.
Any type of energy, including wind, tide and etc can be changed to electricity for hydrogen production. Therefore, hydrogen can work efficiently as energy saver.
The results of the study have been published in Dalton Transactions Journal:
A simple mathematical model for manganese oxide-coated montmorillonite as catalysts for water oxidation: From nano to macro sized manganese oxide
Dalton Trans., 2013, Accepted Manuscript
Received 12 Apr 2013, Accepted 23 May 2013
First published online 24 May 2013
Abstract: Here, we propose a mathematical model that gives a good fit to the experimental data for water oxidation by Mn oxide-coated montmorillonite with different Mn contents. Our data shows that the water oxidation may progress by cooperation among only neighbor Mn ions on montmorillonite. It is a promising model for finding more about mechanism of multi-electron reactions.
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