Storing wind-generated electricity as fuels means catalysts must avoid low energy states

When it comes to driving reactions to store electrons from wind turbines in the chemical bonds of use-any-time fuels, the path the catalyst takes matters. Researchers want to avoid low-energy and high-energy catalytic intermediates that could either represent a thermodynamic sink (even stopping the reaction) or require adding excessive amounts of energy to reach the final products. Scientists at the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis (CME) devised a new computation-based method to predict the intermediates.

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