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Aluminum superatoms may split water

Metal clusters could create hydrogen for fuel, simulations suggest

6:55am, March 4, 2010

Tiny clusters of aluminum atoms may be able to quickly extract pure hydrogen from water, a new simulation suggests. The results offer an incredibly detailed view of how the molecules react and may help scientists develop new ways to produce pure hydrogen-based fuels, researchers report in an upcoming Physical Review Letters.

Many energy experts consider hydrogen an ideal fuel, because mixing it with oxygen produces nothing but energy and water. But transporting and storing pure hydrogen is a safety challenge, and current methods of producing it on an industrial scale require more energy than the resulting hydrogen fuel contains. What&rsqu

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