Centers

Center for Solar Fuels (UNC)

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Director

Thomas Meyer


Lead Institution

University of North Carolina


Year Established

2009


Mission

To conduct research on dye sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cells (DSPECs) for water splitting and tandem cells for the reduction of carbon dioxide to carbon-based solar fuels.


Research Topics

catalysis (homogeneous), catalysis (heterogeneous), solar (photovoltaic), solar (fuels), photosynthesis (natural and artificial), hydrogen and fuel cells, charge transport, mesostructured materials, materials and chemistry by design, synthesis (novel materials), synthesis (self-assembly)


Materials Studied

Materials: semiconductor, organic semiconductor, wide band-gap semiconductor, metal, oxide, polymer, porous, optoelectronic and metamaterial, transparent conductor

Interfaces: organic/semiconductor, organic/oxide, organic/metal, metal/semiconductor, metal/oxide, semiconductor/semiconductor, liquid/solid, solid/solid

Nanostructured Materials: 0D, 1D, 2D, 3D, nanocomposites


Experimental and Theoretical Methods

surface science, ultrafast physics, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), quantum mechanics


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Partner Institutions

  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Research Triangle Institute
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Florida
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

BES Staff Contact

Chris Fecko

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