THRUST 2: PHOTOELECTROCATALYSIS AND LIGHT CAPTURE
accelerating the discovery and in-depth understanding of photocatalysts and photoactive material for solar-driven co2 reduction reaction.
The research in Thrust 2 involves the following themes:
- Use of experiment and theory to accelerate the identification of semiconductor materials with appropriate band energetics for efficient photocatalysis.
- Development and characterization of materials for protection of light absorbers to achieve robust photocatalysis with large photovoltage.
- Understanding and control of catalytic activity and selectivity at the surfaces of photoactive materials.
- Design of photonic motifs to enhance light harvesting and photocatalysis.
Thrust 2 Coordinator is Dr. John Gregoire
Ping, Y., Sundararaman, R. & Goddard, W. A. Solvation effects on the band edge positions of photocatalysts from first principles. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, DOI: 10.1039/C5CP05740J (2015)
JCAP scientists are developing novel theoretical methods to predict the effect that solvents have on material properties — and consequently the photoelectrochemical performance — inside solar-fuels generators.