New Nanomaterials and Semiconductors have been developed at KFUPM to produce hydrogen using solar energy

29 September 2019

The world is now diversifying its energy sources to meet the growing global fuel demand. Finding clean and sustainable sources of energy to reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment is one of the most important challenges that require further research work to develop promising technologies to solve this dilemma and open up new investment areas, and Saudi Arabia has natural potential to take advantage of the enormous opportunities in the renewable energy sector.


Hydrogen gas is a sustainable alternative to energy and is considered to be a clean fuel. Its combustion produces water vapor and is therefore environmentally friendly. In addition to being more efficient, the amount of energy produced by one kilogram of hydrogen fuel is equivalent to the energy produced by 2.8 kg Fossil fuels, and hydrogen as an important feedstock for petrochemical reactions and processed fertilizers.


Recently, a research team at KFUPM led by Dr. Uhsan Qurashi, a researcher at the Center for Excellence in Research for Nanotechnology , has developed Nanomaterials and semiconductors for the production of hydrogen in a process called "artificial photosynthesis" which makes use of solar energy, taking advantage of the Kingdom's distinctive location on the solar belt, which receives direct natural radiation of more than 6000 watts per hour / A research paper with a high impact factor (15.5) was published among the highest impact factors for a research paper published by the university in recent years.