Inspired by the way plants and other photosynthetic organisms collect and use the sun’s radiant energy, they hope to develop technologies that harvest sunlight and store it as carbon-free or carbon-neutral fuels. The research appears in the current issue of the American Chemical Society journal Applied Energy Materials and graces its cover.
The new research from Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery and School of Molecular Sciences provides a framework for better understanding catalytic performance in solar fuel devices and points the way to further discoveries.
“This article describes a general yet useful strategy for better understanding the role of catalysts in emerging technologies for converting sunlight to fuels,” corresponding author Gary Moore said. The goal is to maximize energy efficiency and where possible, make use of earth-abundant elements.