Image caption: An artist’s impression of the electrode
Original Published Date: 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Scientists from The University of New South Wales (UNSW), including ARC Research Fellow Associate Professor Chuan Zhao, have developed a highly efficient oxygen-producing electrode for splitting water that has the potential to be scaled up for industrial production of the clean energy fuel, hydrogen. The new technology is based on an inexpensive, specially coated foam material that lets the bubbles of oxygen escape quickly. “Our electrode is the most efficient oxygen-producing electrode in alkaline electrolytes reported to date, to the best of our knowledge,” said Associate Professor Zhao. Hydrogen production is a rapidly growing industry and is a great fuel for powering mobile devices or vehicles, and storing electricity generated from renewable energy, such as solar. “I think this electrode has great potential for the industrial-scale production of hydrogen. Our next goal is to understand the science behind it and to further improve its performance,” said Associate Professor Zhao.

Media issued by The University of New South Wales