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Penn State

Nanoparticle Opens the Door to Clean-Energy Alternatives (1 of 2)

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

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