FUNDING & POLICY
August 11, 2008
NSF funds solar fuels, solar
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
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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