Green Hydrogen Production Using Visible Light, Low Temperature

  • Method for drawing blue and green hydrogen from hydrocarbons using visible light
  • Hydrogen product is free from contaminants such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide
  • Does not require high temperature, pressures or special reagents/precursors


The University of Central Florida invention describes a method to produce “green” hydrogen (produced by electrolysis) and “blue” hydrogen (produced from natural gas with carbon capture and storage). The method draws the green and blue hydrogen from hydrocarbons using visible light (a laser, lamp, or sun) and defect-engineered boron-rich photocatalysts. The invention highlights a new functionality of 2D materials for visible light-assisted capture and the conversion of hydrocarbons.

Partnering Opportunity

The research team is seeking partners for licensing and/or research collaboration.

Stage of Development

Prototype available.


  • Can potentially lower the cost of catalysts by circumventing the need for noble metals such as platinum or palladium
  • Photocatalytic conversion in the visible range makes it possible to design processes that take advantage of solar illumination in the future
  • Enables high special resolution with fairly simple equipment

Potential Applications

  • Possible large-scale production of hydrogen in solar farms
  • Capture and conversion of methane to do the following:
    • Eliminate emission gas with high greenhouse capacity (40x that of CO2)
    • Generate carbon and blue hydrogen from petroleum extraction and processing
    • Produce carbon and green hydrogen from landfills and manure ponds
  • Energy materials (batteries, supercapacitors), solar cells, sensors

Contact Information

Name: Andrea Adkins


Phone: 407.823.0138