Converting Solar Energy to Fuel


Under the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) program for basic research on solar energy utilization, Yale Chemists and 12 other institutions will be sharing $12.8 million over three years to work on increasing the nation’s energy supply through direct conversion of sunlight into chemical fuels.

According to project leader Gary Brudvig Professor and Chair of the Yale Department of Chemistry:

“Development of cheap, robust and efficient photocatalytic cells for water cleavage with visible-light power will allow the production of chemical fuels using sustainable and economically viable resources. This has been a goal of photoelectrochemistry research for more than three decades. Our challenge is to improve efficiency of solar energy utilization.”

The said project aims to attach manganese complexes to titanium dioxide nanoparticles in order to develop a system that will efficiently produce renewable fuel using solar energy.


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