Nanoparticle Opens the Door to Clean-Energy Alternatives (1 of 2) (image) Penn State Share Print E-Mail Caption Cheaper clean-energy technologies could be made possible thanks to a new discovery. Research team members led by Raymond Schaak, a professor of chemistry at Penn State University, have found that an important chemical reaction that generates hydrogen from water is effectively triggered -- or catalyzed -- by a nanoparticle composed of nickel and phosphorus, two inexpensive elements that are abundant on Earth. This transmission-electron microscope image shows a collection of quasi-spherical nickel phosphide nanoparticles. Credit Eric Popczun, Penn State University Usage Restrictions The image credit must be published along with the image. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.