FUNDING & POLICY
August 11, 2008

NSF funds solar fuels, solar cell projects

The National Science Foundation has funded an international plastic solar cell project and awarded $1.2 million for four solar fuels projects.

Yang Yang of the University of California-Los Angeles received $427,849 for the project International Collaboration in Chemistry: Design, Synthesis and Application of New Materials for High Performance Polymer Solar Cells. Yang's laboratory and researchers at the Chinese Academy of sciences are collaborating to develop plastic semiconductors optimized for solar cells.

Kimberly Gray and Michael Graham of Northwestern University received $400,000 for the project TiO2-based Nanocomposites for Solar Fuel Production: Engineering the Solid-Solid Interface for Specialized Photocatalytic Function. The project's aim is to develop titanium dioxide materials that use sunlight to convert carbon dioxide to methane or methanol.

Sossina Haile of the California Institute of Technology received $300,000 for the project Thermochemical Production of Fuels: Solar Energy after Dark. The project's aim is to develop ceria oxides that use the heat from concentrated sunlight to generate hydrogen from water and methane and methanol from carbon dioxide.

Frank Osterloh of the University of California-Davis received $300,000 for the project Modular Construction of Nanostructured Catalysts for Solar Hydrogen Generation from Water. The project's aim is to develop one type of nanoparticles that are optimized for light absorption, a second type of nanoparticles that are optimized for water splitting, and combine them into a catalyst that generates hydrogen from water using sunlight.

Thomas Jaramillo of Stanford University received $175,000 for the project BRIGE: Nanostructured Transition Metal Dichalcogenides for the Solar Production of Hydrogen. The project's aim is to develop layered semiconductor materials engineered at the nanoscale that generate hydrogen from water using sunlight.


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