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(Kings College, Cambridge, November 2013)
We are interested in applying principles from the traditional field of Biological Inorganic Chemistry to Renewable Energy research. We design artificial photosynthetic systems to produce a so-called solar fuel - a sustainable fuel derived from solar energy and an effectively inexhaustible raw material. A major goal is to mimic photobiological energy generation by hybridizing enzymes and biomimetic synthetic compounds with nanostructured materials. To achieve this aim, a solar light-harvesting component is coupled to a suitable redox catalyst to drive the energetically uphill redox transformations.
A current focus lies on the photocatalytic production of the high specific energy carrier hydrogen from water and we have started to explore novel routes of converting the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into valuable carbon feedstocks. We pay particular attention to solar syngas generation, which would allow us to access a sustainable carbon-based economy. Our laboratory and department house state-of-the-art facilities for our work, which covers a wide range of disciplines - from anaerobic Synthetic to Biological Chemistry, with an emphasis somewhere at the Interface of Inorganic Chemistry, Enzymology, Electro-, Photochemistry, and Materials Chemistry.
We are part of three research interest groups in the department of Chemistry (Materials, Synthesis, Chemical Biology) and collaborate with other departments at Cambridge and universities in the UK, EU and USA. The group also houses the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Sustainable SynGas Chemistry.
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Announcement: 2 PhD positions are currently available - see here
November 2013. Christine, Chong-Yong
and Micaela Crespo (she will join us from EPFL,
Switzerland in autumn 2014) awarded Marie Curie
September 2013. We hosted RSC ISACS12 - Challenges in Renewable Chemical Energy conference, a post graduate symposium and the Christian Doppler Workshop in Cambridge. Manuela wins 1st place for her talk and Jenny the 1st poster prize at the postgraduate symposium. Ahu receives runner-up price for her poster at ISACS12. Tsubasa's paper on 'an oxygen-robust photocatalytic hydrogenase system' accepted as 'hot paper' in Angewandte Chemie (to paper).
August 2013. Inger Lomax joins the group as
administrator and PA to Erwin.
Nicoleta's paper in collaboration with the group of
Ulli Steiner on 'RYB electrochromism with a
cobaloxime' accepted in ChemComm and
featured on front cover (to paper).
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