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Stanford scientists create a low-cost, long-lasting water splitter made of silicon and nickel
November 14, 2013
Stanford University scientists have created a silicon-based water splitter that is both low-cost and corrosion-free. The novel device--a silicon semiconductor coated in an ultrathin layer of nickel--could help pave the way for large-scale production of clean hydrogen fuel from sunlight.
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