Northwestern University

Thu 4:00 PM

ANSER Center 2014 Symposium - Keynote Address

When: Thursday, May 22, 2014
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM  

Where: Pancoe-NSUHS Life Sciences Pavilion, Pancoe Auditorium, 2200 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Ria Hirsch   1.847.467.2519

Group: Argonne-Northwestern Solar Energy Research Center

Category: Academic

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ANSER celebrates its seventh annual Symposium with a Keynote address from Center and ISEN director Prof. Michael Wasielewski.



Solar fuels have enormous potential to furnish carbon‐neutral energy to satisfy the expected doubling of global energy requirements over the next 50 years. They can potentially provide near‐term liquid fuels that can enable nations to take full economic advantage of existing infrastructure, while delivering a clear path toward new fuels for the future. The major challenge lies in the fact that the science and engineering necessary to establish a viable solar fuels industry remains at best undeveloped and at worst non‐existent. Natural photosynthesis is carried out by organized assemblies of photoreceptors and catalysts within proteins that provide specifically tailored environments to optimize solar energy conversion. Artificial photosynthetic systems for practical solar fuels production must be robust systems that collect light energy, separate charge, and transport charge to catalytic sites where fuel formation will occur. The main goal of current research is the development of efficient, cost‐effective artificial photosynthetic systems to capture sunlight that are integrated with high performance catalysts for water splitting and reduction of carbon dioxide to liquid fuels. The development of these technologies requires solving major scientific, technical, systems, and economic challenges.


Questions? Contact r-hirsch@ or call 7-4910.

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