Energy generation by hydrogen synthesis

The way of energy generation in the future is, besides already being of great political and social impact, a primarily scientific question. The energy generation using hydrogen is the central question to the project Light Light2Hydrogen which, since 2009, is located at the LIKAT and is funded by the BMBF. A very close and fruitful collaboration with the research group of Prof. Matthias Beller has been established. Our research group also contributes and participates in the side project Nano4Hydrogen together with the physicists of the University of Rostock. This projects mainly focuses on developing materials and catalysts, which can help to make the generation of hydrogen more efficient and easier.

We contribute to this field of research by carrying out theoretical calculations, which support the extensive work done in the laboratory. Besides that we have two reactors available, since 2007 and 2011. A great variety of catalysts can be tested for efficiency under photocatalytical conditions.

Substances which are suitable for hydrogen generation are of course primarily water (Angew. Chem., 123:10429, 2011) but also formic acid is a promising deliverer (J. Am. Chem. Soc., 132:8924, 2010).

The main focus of catalytical research is the investigation and development of cheap but efficient catalysts, which are very well suited for hydrogen generation. In order to avoid catalysts on the basis of expensive transition metals, research is concentrating on iron carbony complexes with promising results (Science, 333:1733, 2011).

Collaborators at the Likat are Prof. Brückner, Dr. Junge and Dr. Hollmann.