Improve renewable energy efficiency
The societal demand for a clean source of renewable energy to replace the current environmentally-harmful fossil fuel energy technology is continuously increasing.
A solution to this problem is photocatalytic hydrogen (H2) production from water splitting, which takes sunlight and converts it into a clean source of energy: hydrogen fuel. This research aims to design and synthesise photocatalysts with high H2 production rates, at a cost relatively similar to pre-existing H2 production methods.
The relationship between the H2 production rates of photocatalysts and their physiochemical characteristics were determined through a range of performance testing and characterisation methods. By understanding this relationship, a photocatalytic mechanism has been determined, with a general guideline for the design of the next generation of photocatalysts.
Future energy and resources
Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials