Research

Moving toward a cheaper, better catalyst for hydrogen production

Hydrogen could be an important source of clean energy, and the cleanest way to produce hydrogen gas is to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The catalyst currently used to facilitate this reaction is platinum. MoS2 is a promising, much cheaper alternative to platinum, but its catalytic performance is far worse than platinum’s. Researchers at NC State have been trying to find ways to improve MoS2’s catalytic performance.