Splitting boost

A boost to technology for splitting water to make hydrogen gas and carbon dioxide (CO2) to release carbon monoxide (CO) as feedstock chemicals for industry and fuel cells has been developed by a team at North Carolina State University. The water-splitting process converts 90 percent of water into hydrogen gas, while the CO2-splitting process converts more than 98 percent of the CO2 into CO. The former uses strontium ferrite dispersed in a chemically inert matrix of calcium oxide or manganese oxide and the latter iron-doped barium manganese oxide particles.