Photonics and Optoelectronics Group

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The photocatalysis research team is focusing on using semiconductor nanocrystals to absorb light and drive energetically up-hill reactions such as water splitting or carbon dioxide reduction. The energy of the incident photons is stored in the chemical bonds of the products: hydrogen, methanol or methane. The team is particularly interested in understanding the underlying mechanism of the photocatalytic process in order to increase the efficiency and help photocatalysis become a viable option for energy harvesting and storage.