DOE funds Jin Zhang for new hydrogen fuel technologies

DOE funds Jin Zhang for new hydrogen fuel technologies
DOE funds Jin Zhang for new hydrogen fuel technologies
Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Nanotechnology may hold the key to developing a viable hydrogen fuel economy, according to Jin Zhang, professor of chemistry and biochemistry. Zhang will receive $535,000 in grants from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for his part in two research projects aimed at developing new technologies for the production and storage of hydrogen fuel using nanostructured materials.

"The goal is to produce clean energy," Zhang said. "The idea of using solar energy and water as a source of hydrogen is very attractive, and we believe nanostructured materials can be used to do this efficiently." Because nanostructures offer a much larger surface area than bulk materials, they could hold more hydrogen per unit weight.