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Video: The New Paint That Could Help Save The Planet

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Chris Carpineti

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Chris is a senior media editor with a background in graphic design and degree in film and television production.

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Researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, have developed a solar paint that can absorb water vapour and split it to generate hydrogen - the cleanest source of energy.

Developer Dr. Torben Daeneke told IFLScience "Our solar paint consist of two principle components, one is titanium oxide, the white pigment that is already used in wall paint and other products such as tooth paste. The other component is our developed molybdenum sulphide based catalyst. The catalyst can absorb moisture from air and bind the water molecules on its surface. The titanium oxide absorbs light and transfers its energy into the catalyst. Overall the titanium oxide component is responsible to harvest solar energy, the molybdenum sulphide component attracts moisture from humid air and splits the water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen during a process that is called catalysis." 


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