Painting a cleaner energy future

Using paint to generate clean energy could revolutionise the way we produce sustainable, green energy, according to a study published in ACS Nano, a journal of the American Chemical Society. The technology, developed by researchers from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia, combines the titanium oxide already used in many wall paints with synthetic molybdenum sulphide, which acts like the silica gel packaging by absorbing moisture to prevent damage to products. The paint absorbs solar energy and moisture from the surrounding air, and then splits water into hydrogen and oxygen, collecting the hydrogen for use in a fuel cell or to power a vehicle. To find out more check out Surface Water Dependent Properties of Sulfur-Rich Molybdenum Sulfides: Electrolyteless Gas Phase Water Splitting.