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Oct 07

An Earth-Abundant Photoelectrochemical Cell: One Step Closer to a Hydrogen Economy?

Wired wireless cells

In June I wrote a blog post titled “Artificial Leaf or Solar Powered Electrosynthesis?” about a photoelectrochemical cell (PEC) described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The goal of this research was to create a PEC that can use sunlight to split water (H2O) into oxygen (O2) and hydrogen (H2). The …

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Jun 22

Artificial Leaf or Solar Powered Electrosynthesis?

silicon solar cell + catalyst

The tendency for sensationalism in science reporting is a problem. Phrases in a peer-reviewed article that say “this discovery could lead to applications such as x, y, and z” undergo a sensationalist spin when it’s reported that scientists have “discovered a cure for cancer,”  “found THE cause of schizophrenia,” or “increased solar cell efficiency by …

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