Established by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2010 as an Energy Innovation Hub, JCAP is the nation’s largest research program dedicated to the advancement of artificial solar-fuels generation science and technology. The program’s first phase focused on solar hydrogen generation, which was completed in September 2015. JCAP has  begun a 5-year renewal phase with a new research focus on solar carbon dioxide reduction to fuels.

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Led by the California Institute of Technology, JCAP has an integral partnership with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Additionally, JCAP draws on the expertise and capabilities of key collaborators from the University of California campuses at Irvine (UCI) and San Diego (UCSD), and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory operated by Stanford University.



JCAP has two dedicated laboratory buildings: the Jorgensen Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology and Chu Hall at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.


Research Structure

Research Thrusts

Thrust 1: Electrocatalysis

Thrust 2: Photocatalysis and Light Capture

Thrust 3: Materials Integration

Thrust 4: Numerical Modeling, Testbed Prototyping, and Benchmarking

User Facilities Expert Group

Advanced Light Source (ALS)

Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Light Source (SSRL)

The Molecular Foundry

National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC)



1 Director and 2 Deputy Directors

32 Senior Scientist and Faculty Principal Investigators

Multi-institutional Governance Board



1 Nobel Laureate

12 National Academies of Sciences and Engineering Members

1 National Medal of Sciences Recipients

8 American Academy of Arts and Sciences Members


Education, Training and Expertise

JCAP fosters a collaborative and cross-disciplinary team science approach to its mission.


Research Output

+ 350 Peer-Reviewed Publications (2010-Present)

+ 40 IP Disclosures (2010-Present)



JCAP has invested in state-of-the-art instrumentation and the development of unique experimental capabilities. JCAP researchers have access to various spectrometers, microscopy set-ups, photoelectrochemical screening and analysis systems, product separation and analysis instrumentation, surface characterization X-ray equipment, surface science experimentation, high-throughput synthesis and characterization pipeline, thin-film fabrication and characterization equipment, and prototype testing set-ups.



$75M over five years, subject to congressional appropriation