Microwave hydrogen

Molybdenum disulfide prepared in a microwave oven has the potential to be an affordable alternative to the expensive platinum catalysts that are currently used in sustainable hydrogen production, hopefully leading the way to a cheaper hydrogen economy as an alternative to the carbon economy on which we currently rely for fuel. Scientists at the US Center for Nanoscale Materials have demonstrated that a microwave synthesis technique can help create nanostructured molybdenum sulfide catalysts with an improved ability to produce hydrogen. Calculations show the boost comes from a change in the interaction between the hydrogen and molybdenum sulfide edge sites when the space between individual layers of the nanosheets is increased.