Photocatalytic Reduction of CO2 to Hydrocarbon Fuel Using Ternary Metal Oxide on Graphene as 2D Platform

Project: Research project

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Project Description

The aims of this project are to synthesize and characterize a hybrid material platform system based on ternary metal oxide nanostructures and graphene. Graphene is a novel carbon material with favorable thermal and mechanical properties. The expected outcome is a nanomaterial which can be used to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) to hydrocarbon fuel (methane) via a photocatalytic reactor. This project is significant because it focuses on a two-pronged method of producing fuel by harnessing renewable energy from sunlight which concurrently reduces the impact of CO2. This novel method is a form of artificial photosynthesis conducted under ambient temperature and pressure via the following reaction: CO2 + water → hydrocarbon + oxygen.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date10/1/1712/31/20

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Graphene
Hydrocarbons
Oxides
Photosynthesis
Hybrid materials
Metals
Nanostructured materials
Nanostructures
Carbon dioxide
Methane
Thermodynamic properties
Carbon
Oxygen
Water
Temperature