A new alloy incorporating the fourteen main elements could revolutionize hydrogen production

It may be the next big revolution in alloying. Japanese researchers at Kochi University of Technology have indeed succeeded in creating an alloy composed of the fourteen main elements, namely aluminum, silver, gold, cobalt, copper, iron, iridium, molybdenum, nickel, palladium, platinum, rhodium, ruthenium and titanium (or even Al87Ag1Au1Co1Cu1Fe1Ir1Mo1Ni1Pd1Pt1Rh1Ru1Ti1).


This so-called high entropy alloy would display extraordinary electrocatalytic properties and could be used tomorrow to produce … hydrogen (by catalysis). The alloy in question would indeed be particularly porous, which would therefore make it a kind of extremely efficient filter material for the catalysis process.

The alloy could thus catalyze water in order to produce hydrogen, a particularly interesting asset for the production of “clean” fuel cells, perhaps less expensive in energy – the efficiency of a fuel cell is today. ‘hui 2.5 times lower than that of a conventional electric battery, and less expensive to produce.

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