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International Team Develops Catalyst for Splitting Water

5:20 AM MDT | May 19, 2011 | Alex Scott

An international team, of scientists, led by researchers at Monash University (Victoria, Australia) has developed a manganese-based catalyst for splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen. The group’s findings were developed with the assistance of researchers at the University of California Davis (Davis, CA) and the use of facilities at the Australian Synchrotron. The research has been published this week in Nature Chemistry. When an electric current is passed through manganese, there is a shift in the material’s oxidative state. The manganese in the...

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