This multidisciplinary team of accomplished academic researchers and budding young scientists have collectively risen to the grand challenge of discovering new materials and processes that can enable solar powered heterogeneous catalytic conversion of gaseous CO2 to value-added chemicals and fuels. The team comprises the full spectrum of materials chemists (Geoffrey Ozin), materials scientists and engineers (Douglas Perovic, Ben Hatton, Chadra Veer Singh, Zhenghong Lu), chemical engineers (Chuck Mims, Cathy Chin), and electrical and optical engineers (Nazir Kherani). Between them they have the combined experimental and theoretical expertise to achieve the following:

  1. Thrust 1: Design and synthesize photoactive nanostructured materials
  2. Thrust 2: Determine their structures and measure their properties
  3. Thrust 3: Design and build photoreactors to evaluate the catalytic performance of photoactive materials for the conversion of gaseous CO2 to chemicals and fuels using sunlight as the source of power
  4. Thrust 4: Computationally model and guide experiments on gas-phase, light-assisted heterogeneous catalytic conversion of CO2-to-Fuel

Thrust 1

Thrust 1: Nanomaterials Design and Synthesis

Examples of gas-phase light-assisted CO2 reduction by defect laden nanostructured metal oxides, ultra-black nanostructures and surface frustrated Lewis pairs.

Thrust 2

Thrust 2: Structure Property Characterization

Examples of nanostructured heterogeneous catalysts for the gas-phase light-assisted reduction of CO2 to fuels.

Thrust 3

Thrust 3: Reaction and Process Engineering

Examples of photo reactors for the gas-phase CO2 to fuels.

Thrust 4

Thrust 4: Computational Methods

Computational modeling of gas-phase light-assisted CO2 reduction by defect laden nanostructured metal oxides surface frustrated Lewis pairs.

Solar Fuels From The Sun

Not Fossil Fuels From The Earth