Photoelectrocatalytic reduction of CO to methanol.

01/01/2018 - 31/12/2021
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Increasing droughts, storms and floods are notable examples of climate change that many countries face today. To address this imminent threat various agreements by the UN have been developed to deal with the increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. CO2, one of the greenhouse gases, contributes significantly to the overall climate problem. Therefore, compelling solutions are necessary for tackling and improving atmospheric conditions in a green and sustainable approach. The utilisation of photoelectrochemical reactors is a very intriguing solution due to the combination of light and green energy for CO2 conversion into valuable products, such as methanol (“power to fuel”).
Consequently, the aim is to improve the photoelectrochemical reactor and to combine it with active and stable light-sensitive materials for CO2 reduction into methanol. This product sparks numerous interests due to its great importance in the chemical industry and its use in fuel cells which is an alternative for the combustion fuels used nowadays. Resulting in the closure of the carbon cycle and allowing a green and sustainable consumption of carbon-based materials.