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Lab Artificial Photosynthesis Research Highlighted in Media

A recent Technology Review story on research into artificial photosynthesis quoted the Lab’s Ian Sharp, and noted the work being done at the Lab’s Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP). also noted work at JCAP by Peidong Yang, and Chris and Michelle Chang in its list of top five new energy sources currently under development.

Improving Predictions of How Semiconductors Weather Abuse

Lab scientists at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis have found a way to better predict how thin-film semiconductors weather the harsh conditions in systems that convert sunlight, water and carbon dioxide into fuel. More>

Chu Hall Wins American Institute of Architects Honor Award

The San Francisco Chapter of the AIA “appreciated the restraint of the project, beautifully scaled volumes, and incredible attention to framing the landscape. The care and rigor in its design are readily apparent without any sense of preciousness.” Chu Hall houses the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis. More>

Researchers Aim to Put Carbon Dioxide Back to Work

Increasingly, scientists are asking, rather than throwing away or storing CO2, how about recycling some of it? “The grand prize is figuring out how to make CO2 be recyclable, a renewable resource,” said Harry Atwater of the Lab’s Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, in a recent New York Times article. “That would be a millennial advance for society.” More>

JCAP Hosts Bruker Nano Surfaces Training Workshop

The July 14-16 event featured some of the state-of-the-art capabilities of conductive AFM to understand local energetics at the surface of energy-efficient materials. The workshop was held at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), which is now located in Building 30.

Photoelectrochemical Generation of Hydrogen Assessed

New research from the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis assesses the energy balance of large-scale photoelectrochemical hydrogen production using life-cycle analysis. More>

JCAP Researchers Stabilize Semiconductors for Artificial Photosynthesis

PBD’s Ian Sharp led the development and testing of a novel method to stabilize semiconductor materials under the harsh conditions required for water splitting in the process of artificial photosynthesis. More>

JCAP Hosts Solar Fuels Summer School

June 16 to 20 program offers lab experience in key research areas of sunlight-to-fuel conversion. More>

JCAP’s Krawicz Talks Artificial Photosynthesis at ‘Nerd Night’ Event

Join Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis postdoc Alexandra Krawicz at “Nerd Night” on Monday, May 26 at 8 p.m. at the Parkway Theater in Oakland. Also on tap for the event is a talk on using “The Lemma is not Burnside’s” method to count things, and a day-in-the-life of a real paramedic. Krawicz’s research focuses on developing stable attachment strategies for molecular catalysts to photocathodes to create constructs for solar fuel production. Cost for the event is $8. More>

Promising News for Solar Fuels

Gary Moore (center), a chemist with the Physical Biosciences Division, conducted an efficiency analysis through the Joint Center Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) of a unique photocathode material designed to store solar energy in hydrogen molecules. The study showed that interfacing the semiconductor gallium phosphide with a cobaloxime catalyst can provide an inexpensive photocathode for a bionic leaf system that produces energy-dense fuels from nothing more than sunlight, water and carbon dioxide. Nearly 90-percent of the electrons generated by Moore’s hybrid material stored solar energy in the targeted hydrogen molecules. Working with Moore on this study were Diana Cedeno (left) and Alexandra Krawicz. More>