Hydrogen Production from Organic Silanes

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Hydrogen has always been an attractive alternative fuel choice, but current production methods are slow, expensive, and inefficient. In order to be used in a vehicle, the method for generation should be renewable, cost-effective, and have a practical setup for onboard storage and delivery that does not include the need for high pressures or temperatures.

Researchers at Purdue University have developed an innovative strategy for hydrogen production on demand. In ambient conditions, the reaction can be completed in a matter of minutes with the only organic byproduct being disilane. However, disilane can be combined with a suitable hydrogenation catalyst and then be recycled as silane, resulting in a system without any waste by-products.

-Low catalyst cost
-No waste by-products
-Reaction can operate at mild conditions

Potential Applications:
-Green Technology
-Clean Energy
Aug 7, 2006
Utility Patent
United States
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Aug 23, 2005
United States

Mar 18, 2005
United States
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