sustainable world

A sustainable future requires creation of a new resource cycle that does not rely on non-renewable fuels. We can reinvent the resource cycle by harvesting solar energy to simultaneously reduce greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere and degrade environmental pollutants. Earth-abundant, visible-light absorbing materials are suitable catalysts for photodriven CO2 reduction and substrate oxidation. For related news, please check out Bill Gates’ thoughts on solar chemicals and the need for fundamental research.

Our research is inspired by the dye-sensitised photoelectrosynthesis cell and surface organometallic chemistry. Our team will develop new ligands, first-row transition metal complexes, and photosensitisers, with a focus on Fe, Co, Ni, and Cu. These small molecules will be covalently anchored on mesoporous, visible-light absorbing, semiconductor nanomaterials to produce robust heterogeneous catalysts with isolated active sites.

21 Nanyang Link, CBC-05-40, Chemistry & Biological Chemistry Division, School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore(637371)