Three professors awarded $2.5 million for hydrogen fuel research

Chemical engineering Professor Charles Mullins, chemistry Professor Allen Bard and mathematics Professor Irene M. Gamba have received about $2.5 million to identify new materials that will efficiently absorb sunlight and split water into clean hydrogen fuel that could power cars and be used to generate electricity. For the next three years, the three professors will collaborate on the endeavor, which encompasses two grants from the National Science Foundation ($1.4 million) and the U.S. Department of Energy (about $1.1 million). Bard and Mullins are affiliated with the Center for Electrochemistry at the university.