Research Seminar with Professor Kazunari Domen, Japan

Photocatalytic water splitting for large-scale solar hydrogen production.

Photocatalytic water splitting using solar energy is one of the most promising practical ways to produce clean and sustainable energy carrier and chemical resources.

In this seminar, Professor Kazunari Domen will introduce you to selected state-of-the-art photocatalysts and solar hydrogen production systems. Following a brief overview of photocatalytic water splitting, Professor Domen will then detail the UV responsive SrTiO3-based photocatalysts with a quantum efficiency of almost unity.

You will learn about several photocatalysts which split water into H2 and O2 under visible light, as well as solar hydrogen production systems using photocatalyst-sheets and water splitting panel for a large-scale solar hydrogen production.

To conclude, Professor Domen will address future prospects and challenges for practical solar hydrogen production systems.

Professor Kazunari Domen

About the speaker

Professor Kazunari Domen received his B.S. (1976), M.S. (1979) and Ph.D. (1982) Honours in Chemistry from The University of Tokyo.

He joined the Chemical Resources Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan in 1982 as Assistant Professor, and was subsequently promoted to Associate Professor in 1990 and  Professor in 1996.

Professor Domen moved to the University of Tokyo as Professor in 2004 and to a joint-appointment with Shinshu University as Special Contract Professor in 2017.
He became University Professor of The University of Tokyo in 2019.

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