Current Highlighted Discovery
Artificial photosynthesis to make synthetic fuels from sunlight is demonstrated to be possible from abundant solar cell materials with a photon management strategy pioneered by Hammad Cheema and Team Delcamp. This video highlights progress over the last 5 years from our team toward an artificial photosynthetic system and is supported by NSF award OIA 1539035.
The Delcamp Research Group
Our Goals: The Delcamp laboratory is primarily interested in converting photons into desirable energy forms. We have three main focuses for accomplishing this goal: 1) generation of electrical energy, 2) generation of chemical energy, and 3) generation of emitted NIR/SWIR photons after photon absorption. Employing advanced synthetic and molecular design strategies will result in the development of novel building blocks which will be amendable to a diverse array of organic electronic applications. Additionally, in order to convert a highly oxidized carbon source (CO2) into a more readily usable form, we aim to design catalytic systems capable of facilitating multiple synergistic chemical processes.
A Reminder: The Earth literally only has one energy input. We may choose to hope nature uses this energy to replenish what we take accordingly or design systems which can convert this energy directly into desirable forms.
"If you don't make mistakes, you're not working on hard-enough problems. And that's a mistake."
- Frank Wilczek