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Molecular cobalt pentapyridine catalysts for generating hydrogen from water

United States Patent

November 5, 2013
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A composition of matter suitable for the generation of hydrogen from water is described, the positively charged cation of the composition including the moiety of the general formula. [(PY5Me.sub.2)CoL].sup.2+, where L can be H.sub.2O, OH.sup.-, a halide, alcohol, ether, amine, and the like. In embodiments of the invention, water, such as tap water or sea water can be subject to low electric potentials, with the result being, among other things, the generation of hydrogen.
Long; Jeffrey R. (Oakland, CA), Chang; Christopher J. (Berkeley, CA), Sun; Yujie (Albany, CA)
The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, CA)
13/ 475,788
May 18, 2012
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENTAL SUPPORT The invention described and claimed herein was made in part utilizing funds supplied by the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231, and the National Science Foundation under Contract No. CHE-0617063. The government has certain rights in this invention.