Making hydrogen easily and cheaply is a dream goal for clean, sustainable energy. Bacteria have been doing exactly that for billions of years, and now chemists at the University of California, Davis, and Stanford University are revealing how they do it, and perhaps opening ways to imitate them.
A study published Oct. 25 in the journal Science describes a key step in assembling the hydrogen-generating catalyst.”
It’s pretty interesting that bacteria can do this,” said David Britt, professor of chemistry at UC Davis and co-author on the paper. “We want to know how nature builds these catalysts — from a chemists perspective, these are really strange things.”
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