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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 illustration shows hydrogen gas bubbling off of the surface of a nickel phosphide crystal.
Credit: Eric Popczun, Penn State University
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