Far more solar radiation reaches Earth each day than is required to power all of humankinds needs, but there are several barriers to wide-scale deployable solar power. The two greatest challenges are capture and conversion: (1) the efficient capture of solar energy and (2) the conversion of this energy into practically transportable, readily storable, and useful forms.
ND Energy focuses on the development of new functional materials engineered at the nanoscale to capture solar radiation, interfaced to materials that can use that energy to drive useful chemical reactions. In particular, ND Energy builds on institutional strengths to develop leading technology in two key areas:
- Highly efficient and tailored light-harvesting structures.
- Highly efficient and selective catalytic processes for converting fuels.
Faculty Involved: Ani Aprahamian, Seth Brown, Jon Camden, Ian Carmichael, Kyle Doudrick, Patrick Fay, Haifeng Gao, Greg Hartland, Boldizsar Janko, Prashant Kamat, Masaru Kuno, Tengfei Luo, Abigail Mechtenberg, Svetlana Neretina, John Parkhill, Mark Wistey, Eduardo Wolf