A lot of our plans for the future involve harvesting energy from environmentally friendly sources like wind and solar technology. Recently a team of researchers from The Ohio State University Center for Chemical and Biophysical Dynamics have developed a molecule that can harvest hydrogen energy from the entire spectrum of light. This technology could help make solar panels more efficient.
“The whole idea is that we can use photons from the sun and transform it into hydrogen. To put it simply, we are saving the energy from sunlight and storing it into chemical bonds so it can be used at a later time,” Claudia Turro, a chemistry professor and director who headed the study.
Hydrogen fuel is environmentally friendly, and coule help power technologies of the future. The entire study was published in Nature Chemistry.
“What makes it work is that the system is able to put the molecule into an excited state, where it absorbs the photon and is able to store two electrons to make hydrogen,” Turro said. “This storing of two electrons in a single molecule derived from two photons, and using them together to make hydrogen, is unprecedented.”