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Hydrogenases Pave a Way to Produce Hydrogen More Efficiently

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  • Aug 26, 2021

For the first time in history, it has been analyzed by researchers that there is a way through which we could be able to produce hydrogen, and the compound is totally inspired by nature, and now it is totally described in detail. These findings come out to be the energy-efficient production of hydrogen as a sustainable energy source. There are many natural organisms that are able to naturally produce hydrogen without any kind of alterations and method, and it happens with the help of special enzymes called hydrogenases. The specialty about hydrogenases is that they have the efficiency and potential to generate hydrogen with the formulated function of catalytically. There is one more process which is known as electrolysis in which, the hydrogen is detached from oxygen. If we see the source of energy, then hydrogen takes a top place in the list. And so, hydrogen is of great interest when it comes to the source of energy. So this is why we are so desperate to know about the process and how this amazing process of catalytic takes place.

“Hydrogenases generate hydrogen catalytically, which is way more efficient in contrast to electrolysis, which is usually carried out industrially with an expensive platinum catalyst, microorganisms use organometallic iron compounds,” explains Professor Wolfgang Weigand from the Institute for Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry at the University of Jena." Hydrogen is, of course, of great interest as an energy carrier. So we want to understand exactly how this catalytic process works. In the past, numerous compounds were produced around the world that were chemically modeled from natural hydrogenases. In cooperation with the University of Milan, Weigand and his team in Jena have established a connection that enables completely new insights into the catalysis process: "As in nature, our model is based on a molecule with two iron atoms Iron in a specific way to be precise, an amine has been replaced by a phosphine oxide with similar chemical properties, so we brought the element phosphorus into play.