Reduction reactions are those in which electrons are gained through a reaction. Facilitated using metal catalysis, notable examples of reduction reactions include hydrogenation and hydroamination reactions as well as water electrolysis. Specifically, for water electrolysis, a widely used reaction to create hydrogen fuels, reduction reactions occur at the interface of the cathode where hydrogen ions are converted into hydrogen gases. The inverse of this reaction is also important in fuel cells where oxygen is reduced to generate water.
Outside of fuel cell technologies, reduction also plays a vital role in catalytic converter technologies, where harmful nitrogen oxide molecules (NOx) are reduced to safer nitrogen gas and water. This reaction, mediated by our platinum catalysts, helps generate cleaner air for a more sustainable future.
At Umicore PMC, sustainability is one of our core principles, and this drives us to offer efficient catalysts for use in automotive applications. Whether you need catalysts for catalytic converters, fuel cells, hydrogenations, or other reduction reactions, we can help create chemical solutions. Get in touch to talk about how we can co-create chemistry together or browse our range of products below.