Towards hydrogen energy: progress on catalysts for water splitting



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Swiegers, GF, MacFarlane, DR, Officer, DL, Ballantyne, A, Boskovic, D, Chen, J, Dismukes, G, Gardner, GP, Hocking, RK, Smith, PF, Spiccia, L, Wagner, PW, Wallace, GG, Winther-Jensen, B & Winther-Jensen, O (2012), Towards hydrogen energy: progress on catalysts for water splitting, Australian Journal of Chemistry: An International Journal for Chemical Science, 65(6), pp. 577-582.


This article reviews some of the recent work by fellows and associates of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) at Monash University and the University of Wollongong, as well as their collaborators, in the field of water oxidation and reduction catalysts. This work is focussed on the production of hydrogen for a hydrogen-based energy technology. Topics include: (1) the role and apparent relevance of the cubane-like structure of the Photosystem II Water Oxidation Complex (PSII-WOC) in non-biological homogeneous and heterogeneous water oxidation catalysts, (2) light-activated conducting polymer catalysts for both water oxidation and reduction, and (3) porphyrin-based light harvesters and catalysts.

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