Sustainable water splitting
Increasing energy demand and a greater focus on sustainability is pushing towards a clean and renewable fuel source.
One such energy source is hydrogen, which can be produced by splitting water - with only oxygen as the by-product. Our project hopes to add to the existing knowledge of catalysts that can use solar light for water splitting, specifically focused on understanding the effect of temperature on hydrogen production rate of different materials. Using experimental and analytical techniques, we first created catalysts and then measured their hydrogen evolution.
We then characterised the catalyst structures to understand their reaction mechanisms. Our investigation was able to identify a strong relationship between temperature and hydrogen production; in some cases an increase in production and in others a decrease.
This knowledge will contribute to catalyst understanding for hydrogen evolution, which may lead to a sustainable future energy source.
Future energy and resources
Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials
Henry David Clifton
Rachel Claire Hampton