A New Photocatalytic System for Solar-to-Chemical Energy Conversion (2016–2018)
Functional materials hold the key for efficient solar energy conversion. Built upon our prior research success in advanced materials and photocatalysis, this project aims to develop a new class of bi-functional photoelectrochemcial (PEC) systems for application in both waste brine treatment and valuable chemical generation. The key concept lies in the innovative design of layered semiconductors as efficient and stable photocatalysts and their integration into PEC reaction systems for simultaneous solar hydrogen and valuable chemicals (e.g. bromine) generation from brine. The program will advance fundamental understanding of the photocatalytic water splitting concept to other 'waste product' splitting for valuable solar fuel generation.