A team led by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, Professor Xile Hu has discovered that a molybdenum-based catalyst allows the electrolytic production of hydrogen at room temperature, and is inexpensive and efficient. The results provide new opportunities for the development of renewable and economic hydrogen production technologies. A paper on the work appears in the RSC journal Chemical Science.

In their study, Hu et al. explored four different molybdenum sulfide films. The new catalysts exhibit many advantageous technical characteristics. They are stable and compatible with acidic, neutral or basic conditions in water. The study found that these amorphous molybdenum sulfide films are among the most active non-precious hydrogen evolution catalysts.

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