We design, characterise and test new catalysts for efficient and stable production of high-value fuels and chemicals from solar energy. Our particular focus is on designing and understanding interfaces and surfaces that are crucial to improving the selectivity and activity of our catalysts and to prolonging their operational stability.
We target solar fuels such as green hydrogen from water or industrial waste products as well as chained hydrocarbons and oxygenates from CO2.
We use a combination of material synthesis techniques including sol-gel synthesis and electrodeposition but are currently developing new atomic layer deposition (ALD) routes to the photo- and electrocatalysts of tomorrow. With ALD we aim at controlling our material growth at the atomic scale to achieve the cleanest interfaces, highly defined surfaces and controlled defect concentrations across our semiconducting materials.
Current projects are focused on:
- Linking dopants in oxide perovskite photocatalysts to photocatalytic activity
- Understanding the selectivity and stability of oxide electrocatalysts with copper +2 and +1 oxidation states in the CO2 reduction reaction
- Understanding surface modifications in the electrochemical conversion of CO2
- Developing earth-abundant electrocatalysts for water electrolysis
- Understanding oxide/metal interfaces and their role in photocatalytic reactions
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