Principles and implementations of electrolysis systems for water splitting

Chengxiang Xiang, Kimberly M. Papadantonakis, Nathan S. Lewis

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Efforts to develop renewable sources of carbon-neutral fuels have brought a renewed focus to research and development of sunlight-driven water-splitting systems. Electrolysis of water to produce H2 and O2 gases is the foundation of such systems, is conceptually and practically simple, and has been practiced both in the laboratory and industrially for many decades. In this Focus article, we present the fundamentals of water splitting and describe practices which distinguish commercial water-electrolysis systems from simple laboratory-scale demonstrations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-173
Number of pages5
JournalMaterials Horizons
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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