Storage solution

A rhenium-based catalyst can liberate hydrogen gas from organosilanes according to researchers at Purdue University. Mahdi Abu-Omar were looking for novel routes to the industrially important silanols when they spotted bubbles emerging from an experimental rhenium catalyst acting on an organosilane. They report details of their findings in the Journal of the American Chemical Society and suggest that the discovery could ultimately help speed the creation of viable hydrogen storage technology.