Molecular-modified Materials for Electrocatalysis and Photoelectrosynthesis
My research group has interest in molecular sciences to build assemblies that are fundamentally interesting and use-inspired. Our efforts include the synthesis and characterization of new materials for catalyzing a range of industrially relevant chemical transformations. During this seminar presentation I will highlight experimental results and kinetic models describing the interplay between light absorption, charge transfer, and catalytic activity in molecular-modified semiconductors, where –in addition to chemical substrates– both electrons and photons are required reagents. These assemblies resemble components of biological systems that carry out analogous chemical processes. Thus, nature provides inspiration and design considerations for the constructs we build and the chemistries we are developing.