Molecular approaches to solar energy conversion

Wednesday, October 03, 2018 at 5:15pm to 6:15pm


This presentation will describe several projects that look to understand how to capture solar photons to generate charges and then use those charges to carry out energy-demanding reactions. This research includes new approaches to increasing light harvesting efficiency in molecular solids using singlet exciton fission to generate two triplet excitons, which in turn will produce two electron-hole pairs; self-assembled nanostructures that independently transport electrons and holes over long distances; and new super-redox agents that use radical ion excited states to provide the high redox potentials needed to power catalysts that drive energy-demanding chemical reactions.

About the speaker:

Michael R. Wasielewski is currently the Clare Hamilton Hall Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University, executive director of the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern, and director of the Center for Light Energy Activated Redox Processes, a US-DOE Energy Frontier Research Center. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago and was a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University. His research has resulted in over 620 publications and focuses on light-driven processes in molecules and materials, artificial photosynthesis, molecular electronics, molecular spintronics, ultrafast optical spectroscopy, and time-resolved electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy.


This MITEI Seminar was made possible with the generous support of IHS Markit.

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