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Experimental Methods for Efficient Solar Hydrogen Production in Microgravity Environment

Brinkert, Katharina and Akay, Ömer and Richter, Matthias H. and Liedtke, Janine and Fountaine, Katherine T. and Lewerenz, Hans-Joachim and Giersig, Michael (2019) Experimental Methods for Efficient Solar Hydrogen Production in Microgravity Environment. Journal of Visualized Experiments (154). Art. No. e59122. ISSN 1940-087X. doi:10.3791/59122.

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Efficient solar-hydrogen production has recently been realized on functionalized semiconductor-electrocatalyst systems in a photoelectrochemical half-cell in microgravity environment at the Bremen Drop Tower. Here, we report the experimental procedures for manufacturing the semiconductor-electrocatalyst device, details of the experimental set-up in the drop capsule and the experimental sequence during free fall.

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Brinkert, Katharina0000-0002-3593-5047
Richter, Matthias H.0000-0003-0091-2045
Fountaine, Katherine T.0000-0002-0414-8227
Lewerenz, Hans-Joachim0000-0001-8433-9471
Additional Information:© 2019 Journal of Visualized Experiments. Published: 12/03/2019. K.B. acknowledges funding from the fellowship program of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, grant LPDS 2016-06 and the European Space Agency. Furthermore, she would like to thank Dr. Leopold Summerer, the Advanced Concepts Team, Alan Dowson, Dr. Jack van Loon, Dr. Gabor Milassin and Dr. Robert Lindner (ESTEC), Robbert-Jan Noordam (Notese) and Prof. Harry B. Gray (Caltech) for their great support. M.H.R. is grateful for generous support from Prof. Nathan S. Lewis (Caltech). K.B. and M.H.R. acknowledge support from the Beckman Institute of the California Institute of Technology and the Molecular Materials Research Center. The PhotoEChem Team greatly acknowledges funding from the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.) for the project no. 50WM1848. Furthermore, M.G. acknowledges funding from the Guangdong Innovative and Entrepreneurial Team Program titled "Plasmonic Nanomaterials and Quantum Dots for Light Management in Optoelectronic Devices" (no. 2016ZT06C517). Furthermore, the author team greatly acknowledges the effort and support from the ZARM Team with Dieter Bischoff, Torsten Lutz, Matthias Meyer, Fred Oetken, Jan Siemers, Dr. Martin Castillo, Magdalena Thode and Dr. Thorben Könemann. It is also thankful for enlightening discussions with Prof. Yasuhiro Fukunaka (Waseda University), Prof. Hisayoshi Matsushima (Hokkaido University) and Dr. Slobodan Mitrovic (Lam Research). The authors have nothing to disclose.
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Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher LeopoldinaLPDS 2016-06
European Space Agency (ESA)UNSPECIFIED
Caltech Beckman InstituteUNSPECIFIED
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)50WM1848
Guangdong Innovative and Entrepreneurial Team Program2016ZT06C517
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Official Citation:Brinkert, K., Akay, Ö., Richter, M. H., Liedtke, J., Fountaine, K. T., Lewerenz, H. J., Giersig, M. Experimental Methods for Efficient Solar Hydrogen Production in Microgravity Environment. J. Vis. Exp. (154), e59122, doi:10.3791/59122 (2019).
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