Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors

Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


Home > News > Is hydrogen for airheads?

February 3rd, 2008

Is hydrogen for airheads?

Materials science, an area Korea has earmarked as vital to the nation's economic development, might hold the solution. Professor Ihm Ji-soon of Seoul National University's School of Physics and Astronomy has developed a titanium compound that stores hydrogen as a solid, which by eliminating pressurized tanks, could reduce the cost and safety hazards of hydrogen vehicles.

Nanostructures - materials on the order of one billionth of a meter - exhibit properties that can boost the chemical reactions that result in more efficient hydrogen applications. Every aspect of the hydrogen picture involves a catalyst, whether it is production, storage or end use, says Mildred Dresselhaus, professor of physics and electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Highlighting the growing importance of this research, last August the Fourth U.S.-Korea Forum on Nanotechnology, which addressed sustainable energy, included presentations on hydrogen storage and production.

Fuel cells do not compete with gasoline engines when subjected to market scrutiny. They are getting closer but critics are convinced they will never be practical. A giant leap in technology is needed to make them viable on a scale way beyond the demonstration vehicles that are making the news. Korean materials scientists are betting that their discoveries will make the much-doubted fuel cell a transportation killer app.


Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Medical and aerospace electronics powered by Picosun ALD November 26th, 2015

Scientists design a QKD-based quantum private query with no failure November 25th, 2015

MIT mathematicians identify limits to heat flow at the nanoscale: New formula identifies limits to nanoscale heat transfer, may help optimize devices that convert heat to electricity November 25th, 2015

Physicists explain the unusual behavior of strongly disordered superconductors: Using a theory they developed previously, the scientists have linked superconducting carrier density with the quantum properties of a substance November 25th, 2015


Tandem solar cells are simply better: Higher efficiency thanks to perovskite magic crystal November 24th, 2015

ORNL microscopy captures real-time view of evolving fuel cell catalysts November 21st, 2015

NREL research identifies increased potential for perovskites as a material for solar cells November 21st, 2015

Plasma Focus Device Applied to Produce Zinc Oxide Nanofilms November 18th, 2015


ORNL microscopy captures real-time view of evolving fuel cell catalysts November 21st, 2015

Increasing Impact Resistance of Polypropylene by Nanoparticles November 20th, 2015

CE & Mobile, ADAS Makers Look to MEMS/Sensors Industry for Enhanced User Experiences at MEMS Executive Congress US 2015 --Smartphone, wearables, ADAS, VR Companies Engage with MEMS/Sensors Suppliers at MEMS & Sensors Industry Groupís annual executive event November 6th, 2015

On the road to ANG vehicles: Berkeley Lab researchers find a better way to store natural gas as a transportation fuel October 27th, 2015

Fuel Cells

ORNL microscopy captures real-time view of evolving fuel cell catalysts November 21st, 2015

Application of Nanocomposite Membranes in Fuel Cells to Produce Green Energy November 18th, 2015

Rice news release: Cobalt atoms on graphene a powerful combo: Rice University catalyst holds promise for clean, inexpensive hydrogen production October 22nd, 2015

Unveiling distribution of defects in proton conductors: A new strategy to open a practical use of IT-SOFCs October 21st, 2015

The latest news from around the world, FREE

  Premium Products
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More

Nanotechnology Now Featured Books


The Hunger Project

Car Brands
Buy website traffic