New catalysts for carbon-neutral energy conversion processes are essential to addressing climate change and rising global energy demands. Inspired by natural photosynthesis, which utilizes the abundant chemical resources of light, water, and carbon dioxide to produce the value-added products needed to sustain life, we are taking a unified approach to this small-molecule activation problem by developing molecular catalysts for carbon dioxide reduction, water splitting, and nitrogen cycling that are inspired by and/or can be used in conjunction with biological and materials catalysts under environmentally green aqueous conditions.


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Updated Feb 21 2018