Another Step Towards the Solar Refinery

Congratulations to the Solar Fuels team on the December 2014 publication in Advanced Science of their manuscript which reports the light-assisted, gas-phase reverse water gas shift reaction. In this work we have experimentally identified the key attributes of hydroxide groups and oxygen vacancies in non-stoichiometric indium oxide nanoparticles, In2O3-x(OH)y, that function in concert to facilitate the hydrogenation of CO2 to CO under simulated solar irradiation. This advance provides insight towards the rational design and optimization of single-component gas-phase CO2 reduction photocatalysts for solar fuels generation.

Congratulations!

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Towards the Solar Refinery

Congratulations to the Solar Fuels team on the November 2014 publication in Advanced Science of their manuscript on light-assisted, gas-phase photomethanation of CO2 to CH4 at millimole per hour per gram rates. This research has also been highlighted in Materials Views .The ultimate goal of this research is to facilitate an energy transition from today’s unsustainable “fossil fuel economy” to a new and sustainable “carbon dioxide economy”.

Well Done!

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Dr. Ludovico Cademartiri Recognized

Congratulations to group alumnus Dr. Ludovico Cademartiri on being
recognized for his scientific accomplishments. Ludovico was the
recipient of a 2014 The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Award, which
is intended to provide research support to the most promising young
faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the
chemical and life sciences particularly to foster the invention of
methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of
research in science (http://www.beckman-foundation.com/home).

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Jarring CO2 Fears – Latest NanoChannel Essay

Geoff’s latest MaterialsViews NanoChannel essay addresses the impending climate catastrophes that will become more frequent if greenhouse gas emissions continue abated.

The full essay can be found here

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Latest NanoChannel Essay – Energy Transitions

Geoff’s latest MaterialsViews NanoChannel essay looks at how we can transition between a global economy relying on fossil fuel combustion and a Plan B that utilises gaseous CO2 as a starting carbon source for our industrial needs.

The full essay can be found on the MaterialsViews website

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New Front Journal Cover

Our group’s recent article on H2 evolution from Niobium based metal oxides and hydroxides has been featured on the front cover of the journal ChemSusChem (ChemSusChem, 2014, 7, 2104-2111).

You can read the full article here

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ArtNano Exhibit in Boulder, Colorado

The second exhibit of Dr. Ozin’s media collaboration project with artist Todd Siler is about to open at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Sep 6 – Dec 20, 2014. Entitled Metaphorming Nature: Connecting Human/Nature’s Creative Potential, the project looks at the ways we make of nature and what we make of nature.

More details and a sampling of the artwork on show can be found here.
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Congratulations Laura!

Congratulations to Laura Hoch for winning the Department’s CRC Graduate Student Prize in Nanochemistry!

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Latest MaterialsViews Topic

Geoff’s latest MaterialsViews NanoChannel essay addresses the question “Is Photocatalysis Photochemical or Thermochemical? and the implications of that question to materials development for solar energy conversion.

The full post can be found on the MaterialsViews website

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ArtNano Update

ArtNano – cofounded with artist Todd Siler www.ArtNanoInnovations.com
- using multimedia artworks and aesthetic experiences ArtNano aims to
explore the possibilities of nature-inspired innovations in
nanotechnology that can benefit humankind by meeting global challenges
– this project also critiques the significant impact these
developments are having on the built and natural environment, and on
humanity – the inaugural show NanoWorld, sponsored by Ronald Feldman
Fine Arts New York was held at The Armory Show, Pier 94, in New York,
March 2014 and the next show is at the Colorado University Art Museum
in the Fall

Samples of the artwork included can be viewed here

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