Computational and Electrochemical Investigation of Bridging Hydrogenase Mimics Using DFT and Cyclic Voltammetry

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Richard Glass
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Dennis Lichtenberger
Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
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Title: Computational and Electrochemical Investigation of Bridging Hydrogenase Mimics Using DFT and Cyclic Voltammetry

 

Invention: This technology is a chemical compound that mimics hydrogenase enzymes to cleanly produce hydrogen from an organic acid for alternative fuel purposes.

 

Background: Hydrogen gas does not occur naturally in large quantities and it is often found in compounds with other elements. Current hydrogen fuel production requires fossil fuels to separate these compounds. Alternative methods are needed to cleanly and efficiently produce hydrogen before it can be a viable alternative fuel source. This invention uses mimicked hydrogenase enzymes in microbial reactions to obtain hydrogen fuel. These hydrogenase enzymes are made out of Earth-abundant, readily available resources and can produce efficient levels of hydrogen without the use of fossil fuels.

 

Applications:

  • Clean and efficient production of molecular hydrogen from more readily available resources
  • Larger yield of hydrogen gas to be used in fuel cells

 

Advantages:

  • No use of fossil fuel in hydrogen production
  • Energetically favorable to current production methods
  • Mimics are created with commonly found materials in abundance compared to rare metals like platinum

 

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