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Reference Number EP/D038499/1
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Solar Energy, Photovoltaics) 50%;
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Hydrogen, Hydrogen production) 50%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 40%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 60%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr J Darr
No email address given
University College London
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 18 September 2006
End Date 30 April 2007
Duration 7 months
Total Grant Value £886,014
Industrial Sectors Manufacturing
Region London
Programme Materials, Mechanical and Medical Eng, Physical Sciences, Process Environment and Sustainability
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr J Darr , Chemistry, University College London (99.996%)
  Other Investigator Professor JRG (Julian ) Evans , Chemistry, University College London (0.001%)
Professor ZX (Zheng Xiao ) Guo , Chemistry, University College London (0.001%)
Professor JC Elliott , Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London (0.001%)
Dr I (Ihtesham ur ) Rehman , Materials Sciences and Engineering, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
  Recognised Researcher Dr S (Shoufeng ) Yang , School of Engineering Sciences, University of Southampton (0.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Hydrogen Solar Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Malvern Instruments Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , SRI International, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Tescom Corporation UK (0.000%)
Project Contact , Coates Lorilleux Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Faraday: INSIGHT (Chemical Throughput) (0.000%)
Project Contact , AMR Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Thermo Fisher Scientific, USA (0.000%)
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Abstract The current advancement of technology very much depends upon the discovery of new materials. It has been known for some time that combinations of elements not involving carbon (called inorganic materials) can have important uses in areas from electronics, computing and UV protection in products, to harnessing energy from the sun. In particular, when inorganic particles are very small, typically made up of a few hundred atoms (called nanomaterials), they can have unusual and exciting properties. The discovery of such "nanomaterials" is very much hampered by our inability to make these materials fast enough and then to be able to test them adequately for their properties.The proposed research seeks to develop a new, faster way of making and discovering inorganic "nanomaterials" that can absorb sunlight (as an free energy source), and use this energy to split water into its constituents, hydrogen and oxygen (in a process known as photocatalysis). Thehydrogen can then be used for powering cars or devices of the future. Such a process is important to sustain the energy requirements of mankind on this earth when our fossil fuels (e.g. oil) are exhausted
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