Chinese Researchers Develop Artificial Leaf to Produce Hydrogen

The artificial leaves absorbed more than twice as much light, and gave off more than three times as much hydrogen.

Published: 12-Jan-2010

SHANGHAI -- Reports indicate that materials scientists have created an artificial leaf that can harness light to split water and generate hydrogen.

Plant leaves have evolved over millions of years to catch the energy in the sun's rays very efficiently.

They use the energy to produce food, and the central step in the process involves splitting water molecules and creating hydrogen ions.

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