I saw a presentation on exactly this technology a few years ago at a conference, not from an MIT researcher. It's a strange phenomena, but within science MIT is just one of many research institutions doing great work, but to the public it has the most significant and frequent press releases. I mean, this isn't even a leaf, it's a silicon wafer which happens to be green and splitting water using catalysts is very old. The only innovation I'm seeing here is a new catalyst, which is pretty common in these fields. I also like the token quote from Bob Grubbs who won a Nobel prize in catalyst research and thus is interviewed in every catalyst article.