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Aluminum doped with titanium was able to catalyze hydrogen

We already know that hydrogen is a green fuel that can power automobiles. The catch is that hydrogen is dangerous to store both at fueling stations and aboard the vehicle. The catalyst material used in a hydrogen fuel cell is often platinum or other rare and very expensive metal. A team of researchers from the University of Texas at Dallas and Washington State University think that they may have found a much cheaper catalyst material to advance the adoption of fuel cell technology.
The new catalyst material that the researchers are investigating is a doped aluminum alloy surface. The aluminum alloy is doped with titanium. The titanium is used sparingly in the new catalyst material. 
Using controlled temperatures and pressures the team studied the titanium doped aluminum surface searching for signs of catalytic reactions taking place near the titanium atoms. To discover the catalytic reaction the team used the stereoscopic signature of carbon monoxide added to the test to specifically help locate signs of a reaction.
Mercedes-Benz B-Class hydrogen fuel cell vehicle 

"We've combined a novel infrared reflection absorption-based surface analysis method and first principles-based predictive modeling of catalytic efficiencies and spectral response, in which a carbon monoxide molecule is used as a probe to identify hydrogen activation on single-crystal aluminum surfaces containing catalytic dopants," says lead researcher Yves J. Chabal of the University of Texas at Dallas.
The titanium added to the aluminum advances the process by helping hydrogen bind to aluminum to form aluminum hydride. When used as a fuel storage device, aluminum hydride could be made to release the hydrogen stores it holds by raising the temperature of the storage medium.
Other researchers have been studying composite materials for storing hydrogen.

Source: Eurekalert

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Hydrogen != Fuel
By ppardee on 11/1/2011 5:39:03 PM , Rating: 2
Hydrogen is effectively a battery. We 'charge' it by converting water to hydrogen. We discharge it by burning it, which then converts it back to water. There is a net loss of energy in the process, which kinda makes it an anti-fuel in my book.

RE: Hydrogen != Fuel
By Quadrillity on 11/1/2011 6:03:31 PM , Rating: 2
Except for the fact that it's the most abundant, stable element in the entire universe... And yes, everyone here probably already knows that hydrogen is not a fuel.

Also consider that we can use stand-alone renewable energy to harvest it.

RE: Hydrogen != Fuel
By Jeffk464 on 11/1/2011 9:58:15 PM , Rating: 2
"hydrogen is not a fuel"

The universe tends to disagree with you.

RE: Hydrogen != Fuel
By Kurz on 11/2/2011 9:37:47 AM , Rating: 2
Only in terms of Nuclear Reactions its a fuel.
We are speaking primarly about Chemical Reactions here.

RE: Hydrogen != Fuel
By Onimuto on 11/2/2011 10:12:39 AM , Rating: 2
The sun in the sky disagrees with you. She says she defently uses hydrogen as fuel to create heluim and photons of light.

RE: Hydrogen != Fuel
By Quadrillity on 11/2/2011 10:45:25 AM , Rating: 2
Get back to me when our cars have a fission rector...

RE: Hydrogen != Fuel
By Kurz on 11/2/2011 2:44:00 PM , Rating: 2
fusion Reactor you mean.

RE: Hydrogen != Fuel
By Quadrillity on 11/2/2011 4:59:21 PM , Rating: 2
lol, yeah fusion. Not fission. Edit button DT,... edit button.

RE: Hydrogen != Fuel
By iowafarmer on 11/2/2011 7:46:32 PM , Rating: 2
Speaking of fusion. I find these interesting:

RE: Hydrogen != Fuel
By Kurz on 11/4/2011 11:53:37 AM , Rating: 2
Way ahead of you. ;) This sparked my interest.
500Kw~ per hour in the size of a cargo container. Not bad at all, needs more validation, science and public acceptance.

"The Space Elevator will be built about 50 years after everyone stops laughing" -- Sir Arthur C. Clarke
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