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Picoscale catalysts for hydrogen catalysis

United States Patent Application

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A catalyst for hydrogen generation from an alkaline aqueous solution of hydrogen containing salts comprising a silicon-based ceramic surface covered with a mixture of metals known as transition metals and noble metals. The silicon-based ceramic surface may be self-supporting or may be deposited as a thin film on a carbonaceous substrate. The carbonaceous surface may be self-supporting or be in the form of a film that is supported on a substrate of a fourth material, where the fourth material has the function of providing physical support to the substrate. The said carbonaceous substrate can be made from a solid material or from a porous structure, of which carbon nanotube paper, also known as Bucky paper, is one example.
RAJ, RISHI (Boulder, CO), CARTURAN, GIOVANNI (Padova, IT), de la PENA-ALONSO, RAQUEL (Fresnedillas de la Oliva, ES)
Raj; Dr. Rishi (Boulder CO)
12/ 148,185
April 17, 2008
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] This invention was made with government support under Grant No. DE-FC26-03NT41967 awarded by the National Energy Technology Laboratory-Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.