“A stable and efficient material that uses sunlight to split water into hydrogen and oxygen would be an immense blessing” – Nathan S. Lewis
Students enrolled in CHEM 401 have access to a Moodle course web site by logging into the Moodle server, and selecting CHEM 401 from their course listings.
In the search for abundant, renewable and carbon-free energy sources, scientists across the molecular and material sciences are on a quest to develop inexpensive and renewable methods to produce, store and use hydrogen fuel. Other scientists are deeply skeptical of such an energy scheme. Students in this seminar course will use primary and secondary research literature to explore various aspects of hydrogen energy systems.
- Topic 1: Introduction to Hydrogen Energy Systems.
- Topic 2: Changing Visions of Hydrogen.
- Topic 3: Hydrogen from Fossil Fuels
- Topic 4: Sustainable Approaches to Hydrogen Production
- Topic 5: Hydrogen Production from Water Electrolysis
- Topic 6: Hydrogen Production from Thermochemical Water Splitting
- Topic 7: Hydrogen Production from Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting
- Topic 8: Hydrogen Production from Photocatalytic Water Splitting
- Topic 9: Hydrogen Production from Photobiological Water Splitting
- Topic 10: Hydrogen Production from Biomass
- Topic 11: Hydrogen Storage and Safety
- Topic 12: Hydrogen Storage Materials
- Topic 13: Using Hydrogen Fuel
- Topic 14: Hydrogen Energy Infrastructure and Research
Prof. Scott D. Cummings, Tomsich 314; PBX 5355; e-mail: email@example.com
My schedule (and where you can find me throughout the week) is available online and is posted on my office door. I fully expect students to meet with me outside of class. You are welcome and encouraged to come.
CLASS MEETING TIMES:
Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:40-11:00 (Period B) in Tomsich 206.
REQUIRED MATERIALS: (available at the Kenyon College bookstore)
- Introduction to Hydrogen Technology by Roman J. Press, K. S. V. Santhanam, Massoud J. Miri), Alla V. Bailey, Gerald A. Takacs, Wiley-Interscience 2008. ISBN-13: 978-0471779858. (Amazon)
- a calculator (bring to EVERY class)
- Tomorrow's Energy: Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and the Prospects for a Cleaner Planet by Peter Hoffman
- Hydrogen as Fuel: Learning from Nature, Richard Cammack, Michel Fey, Robert Robson (online e-book)
- The Hydrogen Economy by Jeremy Rifkin
- The Hype About Hydrogen by Joseph J. Romm
- Fuel Cell Systems Explained by James Larminie and Andrew Dicks
- Competing Visions of a Hydrogen Economy
OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL READINGS:
· “Why Hydrogen” from the Rocky Mountain Institute