Utilisation of Solar Energy and Electrocatalytic Processes for the Low Energy Conversion of CO2 to Fuels and Chemicals

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Background: Our group was established to undertake a major multi-disciplined investigation into the potential of producing valuable chemicals using water and carbon dioxide as feed-stock. The conversion of carbon dioxide to fuels and other useful products opens up an exciting new frontier of study. However, there are currently still large scientific and technological challenges to overcome before low energy routes are developed for the effective and economical conversion of CO2. Our approach has been split into four themes as follows: (i) the reduction of CO2 electrocatalytically with the aid of ionic liquids, (ii) the catalytic conversion of CO2 by H2 (whereby the various catalysts are initially screened using computational techniques prior to experimental conformation), (iii) the development of catalysts for the solar generation of hydrogen and (iv) regular life cycle analysis at different stages of the study. Further information on the grant can be found online: http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/N009533/1