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Artificial Photosynthesis to Capture and Utilise Carbon Dioxide

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Ulster University has entered into a collaborative project with Northwestern University USA and Tyndall National Institute, Cork, to develop novel nanocomposite materials that can utilise solar energy to convert carbon dioxide to fuels.

Carbon dioxide is the major greenhouse gas and emissions from combustion of fossil fuels is of global concern due to global warming and climate change.  To be able to utilise solar energy to convert this waste product into fuels or platform chemicals would be a major breakthrough and would help reduce CO2 emissions.

The SuSChem project will bring together leading researchers to address the problem using computational modelling for the design of novel photocatalytic materials, fabrication of these materials and testing under real sun conditions.  The project is funded under the tri-jurisdictional US-Ireland collaborative partnership funded by the Department of Employment and Learning Northern Ireland, the National Science Foundation USA, and the Science Foundation Ireland.

Ulster’s principal investigator, Professor Tony Byrne, said: “This project highlights the world-leading research that is undertaken in the Engineering Research Institute at Ulster. We have been very successful in attracting the US-Ireland funding which is an excellent programme to bring together experts from Northern Ireland, Southern Ireland and the USA.  This is a very exciting and challenging project with the overall aim of addressing a global problem using nanotechnology.”

The team at Ulster includes Dr Alan Brown, Dr Jeremy Hamilton and Dr Patrick Dunlop.  During the three year research project they will develop innovative solar reactors that can turn CO2 into fuels and these reactors will be tested under real sun at PSA, the leading European solar test facility.


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Engineering Futures and Dr Steve Myers Talk

 
Monday 23rd of February 2015
 

Engineering Futures and Dr Steve Myers Talk

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Tuesday 10th of February 2015

Inaugural Professorial Lecture by Tony Byrne, Professor of Photocatalysis

Inaugural Professorial Lecture by Tony Byrne, Professor of Photocatalysis

When & where Wednesday, 22 October 2014 18:30 at the Jordanstown campus Lecture Theatre 9F03

NIBEC Lecture Series begins in mid - October

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