Synthesizing Transition Metal Complexes for the Production of Hydrogen Gas

Over the past few decades, Earth’s average surface temperature has continued to rise.  In fact, eighteen of the nineteen warmest years on record have occurred since 2001 (NASA). Global warming has the potential to pose a serious threat to human society in the near future.  Increased temperatures will lead to longer droughts, more severe storms, lower agricultural outputs, infrastructural damage, and countless other negative impacts (Fourth National Climate Assessment).  Since climate change can largely be attributed to carbon dioxide emissions, it is imperative that we implement clean, renewable energy resources.  Hydrogen gas is one such clean fuel, producing only water, electricity, and heat when consumed in a fuel cell. Therefore, finding a cheap and efficient way to generate hydrogen gas could allow us to use more clean energy and slow the effects of climate change.

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