Center for Solar Fuels (UNC)

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Thomas Meyer

Lead Institution

University of North Carolina

Year Established



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, defects, charge transport, mesostructured materials, materials and chemistry by design, synthesis (novel materials), synthesis (self-assembly), synthesis (atomic layer deposition)

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, finite element method


Partner Institutions

  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Texas at San Antonio 

BES Staff Contact

Chris Fecko

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