Northwestern University

Thu 3:00 PM

ANSER Seminar - "Colloidal Photocatalysis" with Emily Weiss

When: Thursday, December 7, 2017
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM  

Where: Ryan Hall, Room 4003, 2190 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

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

Cost: Free

Contact: Christopher Denardo  

Group: Argonne-Northwestern Solar Energy Research Center

Category: Academic


Colloidal Photocatalysis with Emily Weiss

Abstract: This talk explores colloidal quantum dots as photocatalysts (or sensitizers within photocatalytic systems) for energy-relevant reactions, including reduction of CO2, oxidation of alcohols, carbon-carbon coupling, and proton reduction, and for enantioselective organic transformations. We will explore some unique characteristics of this material that enable them to mimic the light harvesting process of the photosynthetic reaction center, to perform both oxidations and reductions (such that sacrificial reagents aren't necessary) and to act as both the photocatalyst and the chiral director for an asymmetric reaction.


ANSER Seminars:

Oct 5: David Tiede
Dec 7: Emily Weiss
Jan 11: Ken Hanson
Feb 1: Christoph Boehme
Mar 1: Paul Kenis

As a portfolio research center of the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN), the Argonne-Northwestern Solar Energy Research (ANSER) Center works to develop the fundamental understanding of molecules, materials and method necessary to create dramatically more efficient technologies for solar fuels and energy production.

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