Volume 94 Issue 14 | p. 7 | News of The Week
Issue Date: April 4, 2016

Straining catalyst films boosts water-splitting

Scanning probe study of MoS2 shows that stressed active sites produce more hydrogen
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE, Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: catalysis, water-splitting, catalyst, molybdenum disulfide

Adding stress and strain to the lives of busy researchers hardly sounds like a strategy for improving productivity. It can work wonders for catalysts, however.

A study has revealed that straining catalytic sites in molybdenum disulfide films substantially boosts the reaction rate of a key step in the water-splitting process relative to the rate on unstrained films (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b01377).

Splitting . . .

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