Molecular and material approaches to photoelectrochemical cells for carbon dioxide reduction
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The development of photoelectrochemcial cells for the direct production of storable fuels is a crucial aspect to the energy portfolio of a world that is increasingly shifting towards renewable energy sources. Development of the base scientific knowledge across all components of these devices – general design, photovoltage generation, material stabilization, and chemical catalysis – is required before engineered products become available on the market. Detailed herein are electronic, structural, and catalytic studies on a homogeneous catalyst (acenaphthene based colbaloxime), development of a new method of gold deposition for heterogeneous catalysis and the design, preparation, characterization, and electrochemistry of a cathodic carbon dioxide reduction device using gallium phosphide.