On April 03, 2013 I asked if iron is the new platinum. Researchers at the University of Calgary and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory seem to think so. Both are using iron in place of platinum for chemical reactions involving hydrogen.
Researchers at the University of Calgary are even using an iron and cobalt combination to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. Now, researchers out of India are doing something similar with iron and cobalt.
According to the Times of India, “Dey and his team at the IACS department of inorganic chemistry have shown in two different studies that hydrogen can be generated from water in a considerable amount, using two different metals, cobalt and iron, to speed up the reaction …
“…For the first study published in the American Chemical Society’s Inorganic Chemistry journal this year, the Kolkata team, in collaboration with a research group in Israel led by Zeev Gross, came up with a new cobalt-based catalyst to boost the reaction.
“This cobalt catalyst proved to be highly efficient, and by immobilising it on a cheap graphite platform, one could use it to yield hydrogen in a water-based environment.”
As I’ve stated many times before, cheap and abundant renewable hydrogen is the goal. With so many researchers working on the solution, it’s only a matter time until they iron things out.