Enhanced Electrocatalytic Water Splitting for Green Hydrogen Generation

Case ID:
UA18-069
Invention:

A new metallopolymer catalyst has been developed to improve and simplify water electrolysis, targeting energy storage from renewable power production. Initial studies have shown that these metallopolymers have high turn-over frequency and improved stability in aqueous systems for producing hydrogen.

 

Background:
Platinum and other catalytic materials have been commercially used or experimentally tested as cathodes for hydrogen production. This catalyst has been developed as a mimic of a biological catalyst for hydrogen reduction. Increased demand for hydrogen, use of hydrogen as a non-carbon fuel source, and interest in enabling electrochemical processes for energy storage or enhanced utilization from renewable power drive the need for catalysts with improved performance.

 

Applications:

  • Renewable power energy utilization or storage
  • Hydrogen without co-production of carbon dioxide
  • Compact modular system for syngas hydrogen adjustment
  • Electrolysis
  • Water-splitting
  • Hydrogen production

 

Advantages:

  • No platinum catalyst
  • Catalyst is water soluble
  • Simple membrane design
  • Water splitting at neutral pH
Patent Information:
Contact For More Information:
Laura Silva
Sr. Licensing Manager, COS
The University of Arizona
lauras@tla.arizona.edu
Lead Inventor(s):
Dong-Chul (Jeffrey) Pyun
Richard Glass
Dennis Lichtenberger
William Brezinski
Kayla Clary
Metin Karayilan
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