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Currently, the production of hydrogen remains expensive because it requires noble metal catalysts such as platinum. In nature, hydrogenases present in microorganisms, use abundant and low cost metals to perform this operation under mild conditions. In a bio-inspired approach, researchers at our laboratory [collaboration] were able to synthesize a new catalyst reproducing this mechanism. These results are published in the journal
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.