A Novel MoS2 Electrode for Enhancing Electrochemical Hydrogen Production
John Lee
Oviedo, Florida
2022 Finalist
Jackson Heights Middle School
41 Academy Ave
Oviedo, FL 32765-9699
8th grade | 14 years old
Hydrogen (H2) can improve energy consumption by producing an alternative energy source to carbon-based fuels. It has numerous benefits, such as high energy density and zero pollution. However, the current method to produce hydrogen in industries uses fossil fuels, producing carbon dioxide (CO2). Electrochemical hydrogen production can be a clean and efficient alternative to producing hydrogen, with water being the only byproduct. There are several considerations for electrochemical hydrogen production like cathode material, electrolytes, and applied voltage. In this research, metal electrodes (e.g., Zn, Cu, Al, Ni, Sn, and Fe) were tested as metal catalysts for electrochemical hydrogen production to determine optimum operational conditions (e.g., types and concentrations of electrolytes).
Why did you enter the Young Scientist Challenge?
I have known that the 3M Young Scientist Challenge is one of the most prestigious venues to share my research. I was always interested in being a Young Scientist on the topic of renewable energy production over the past several years. I believe that the unique opportunity to work with a 3M Scientist Mentor, who can provide advice and encourage the continued efforts of technological inventions, can expand the scope of my imagination, and help me to visualize the ideas of my invention. Additionally, I will be able to brainstorm new ideas that I could potentially use in the future.
What is your favorite invention of the last 100 years, and why?
Electric cars. Before the innovation of electric cars, people relied on gas-powered automobiles for transportation. But in terms of pollution, these automobiles have deteriorated our planet due to the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere when gasoline is burnt. Electric cars, on the other hand, are powered by electricity, meaning that there’s no harmful byproduct. Electric cars provide another option of transportation, in a manner that is safe for the environment.
In 15 years I hope to be...
A Data Scientist in the field of medical sciences, physics, or chemistry. I would like to contribute to our society for a better and sustainable environment, and smart cities for generations to come.
Failure isn’t a sign that you should quit. It’s a sign showing that you should stay determined and keep going to reach your potential.”
John Lee