Energy Research Area: Solid catalysts for clean fuels production; next generation solar cells (organic photovoltaics); surface chemistry and interfacial chemistry in catalysts and in photovoltaics.
Chemical reactions catalyzed by solid surfaces dramatically improve the world in which we live by creating better fuels and chemicals and cleaning up pollutants. Our research aims to design better solid catalysts to aid in the “greening” of industrial and automotive chemical processes to minimize fossil fuels consumption, pollution and greenhouse gases. Targets include catalysts for making cleaner fuels, for more cleanly utilizing existing fuels, and for cleaning up pollutants resulting from fossil fuel use. We also study photovoltaics, especially their metal/semiconductor interfaces. Catalysts and solar cells share common issues of surface chemical reactions during production and use.
Record last updated on November 28th 2011 PST.