Green Chemistry: Hydrogen fuel

About the Project:

Hydrogen is a promising clean fuel as its implementation would eliminate carbon entirely from energy cycles. Current energy cycles (coal-powered electricity stations, gasoline in cars, etc.) are carbon-based and produce large amounts of carbon dioxide, a potent global warming gas. Large-scale production of molecular hydrogen requires catalysts that facilitate the "splitting of water" into molecular hydrogen and oxygen. We will synthesize entirely new compounds that contain a metal center and then test these new compounds to see if they act as catalysts for water splitting. Molecular hydrogen is a completely clean fuel; the only products of hydrogen's use as a fuel are energy and water.

The First-Year Research Associate Program at Eckerd College honors academically outstanding students with awards of up to $1,000. The program also provides the opportunity, during the freshman year, for the award winners to work closely with a sponsor (faculty or administrative personnel) on a project of mutual interest. Associates might assist with research for faculty publication or new courses, conduct scientific experiments, work with creative artists, or develop projects related to any phase of the academic, cultural, and social life of the college. Scholars are selected on the basis of achievement in high school and on the creativity and depth of responses to items on this application.​

Online submission due no later than February 1, 2019.

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