Progress and challenges in solar energy conversion using semiconductor/liquid junctions

INOR 562

Nathan S. Lewis, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1200 E. California Blvd., m/c 127-72, 210 Noyes, Pasadena, CA 91125
Semiconductor/liquid contacts provide the best known wet chemical means for converting and storing sunlight into chemical fuels and/or electrical power. Good progress has been made recently in understanding intefacial electron transfer processes, in evaluating the properties of nanoscale, nanostructured metal contacts on semiconductors, in functionalization of certain semiconductor surfaces, including Si and InP, and in the use of nanocrystalline mesoporous materials such as dye-sensitized titania. The presentation will focus on these topics and will highlight the outstanding problems that need to be solved to obtain a viable, inexpensive, practical solar energy conversion device from such systems.

Catalysis Relevant to Energy and Sustainability
8:30 AM-12:15 PM, Tuesday, March 27, 2007 McCormick Place East -- Room E270, Level 2, Oral

Division of Inorganic Chemistry

The 233rd ACS National Meeting, Chicago, IL, March 25-29, 2007