27 Dec '16, 10am

On the road to solar fuels and chemicals

Materials discovery remains the biggest challenge for photoabsorber materials. While experimental and computational screening of new materials has begun, there are still many to be simulated and tested. Some insights into structure–property relationships have been derived from the large quantity of available band structure data, but there are likely to be a number of trends that might yet be discovered and leveraged into more effective searches. Stability, particularly in the aqueous environment at the electrode interface, will also be a key concern. While there has recently been “remarkable progress” in developing new, non-precious metal catalysts for hydrogen evolution, there is still significant room for improvement. A larger challenge is to improve the performance of catalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). Even the best OER catalysts have overpotentials of 0...

Full article: http://www.greencarcongress.com/2016/12/20161227-slac.html

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