Master of Science (M.Sc.)
The current energy crisis is becoming more and more serious due to the industrial development and increasing population. Mimicking photosynthesis in plants provides a new way to solve this crisis. The goal is to harness solar energy and convert it into energy stored in chemical bonds such as methanol or hydrogen gas. Currently, most catalysts for proton reduction contain precious metals, such as palladium, platinum and ruthenium. The main goal of our research is to develop catalysts made of earth abundant metals. By incorporating organic ligands in our complexes, we can make catalysts that have similar catalytic activity as those made of rare metals. Herein, I report an iron and a nickel catalysts that can generate hydrogen from water.
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Liu, Dan, "Noble Metal Free Catalysts for Hydrogen Generation from Aqueous Solutions" (2015). Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects. William & Mary. Paper 1539791831.