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Reference Number EP/F047789/1
Title Carbon Dioxide and Alkanes as Electron-sink and Source in a Solar Nanocell: towards Tandem Photosynthesis of Carbon Monoxide and Methanol
Status Completed
Energy Categories RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Solar Energy) 50%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor MW (Mike ) George
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University of Nottingham
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 December 2008
End Date 30 April 2012
Duration 41 months
Total Grant Value £321,654
Industrial Sectors Chemicals; Energy
Region East Midlands
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor MW (Mike ) George , Chemistry, University of Nottingham (100.000%)
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Objectives Grants EP/F04772X/1, EP/F047878/1, EP/F047789/1, EP/F047770/1 are linked to each other
Abstract A major solar energy challenge is the goal of artificial synthesis in which sunlight is used to generate fuels or high energy chemicals. Natural photosynthesis uses solar energy to generate dioxygen and carbohydrates from carbon dioxide and water, but the targets of artificial photosynthesis can be more diverse. Our vision is to create a solar nano-device which will drive the coupled photo-conversion of methane and carbon dioxide into methanol and carbon monoxide respectively. This challengingtarget differs fundamentally from the familiar one of splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen. Our target offers products both on the oxidation and the reduction sides that are significant fuels or feedstocks. The photocatalytic reduction of CO2 and oxidation of alkanes represent long-standing goals of great complexity, but we base our concepts on well-established principles. We break down the goals into individual components, each of which is highly challenging within its own right and delivery of each would constitute a major breakthrough. The challenges will be met by a team of scientists, integrated across the four centres of Manchester, Nottingham, York and Norwich, who lead teams with expertise in photophysics, nanoscience, photochemistry, electrochemistry and synthesis. Thus these researchers will seek to establish the science required to underpin technologies that will allow the conversion of abundant and environmentally damaging feedstocks into products of high economicvalue by constructing a new class of solar device capable of driving green chemical reactions
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