The Tilley Group

University of California, Berkeley

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Solar Energy Conversion

Efforts in the Tilley group are coordinated with the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) at LBNL, for development of efficient routes to renewable chemical fuels from solar energy. Primary objectives include identification of inexpensive, efficient catalysts that drive energetically uphill reactions in the conversion of stable feedstocks (e.g., water and CO2) to potential fuels (e.g., hydrogen and hydrocarbons). Current research is directed toward identification of soluble and surface-bound catalysts for water oxidation and proton reduction. These activities involve the synthesis and evaluations of molecular and nanostructured electrocatalysts. Work with appropriate molecular model systems addresses important mechanistic issues in electrocatalysis.

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