Principal investigator: dr. Ganji Parameswaram
Photocatalytic Conversion of CO2: Over the last decade, European researches and industry enterprises have tried to find a solution to the problem of significant increases in the CO2 levels in environment, but current methods do not seem to have a high conversion rate of CO2 to biofuels. The goal of my project is to develop a process to convert CO2 to methanol with the help of photocatalysts using nanostructured materials. So far, diverse photocatalysts including inorganic semiconductors, noble metal complexes, metal organic frameworks, nanomaterials etc. have been demonstrated for CO2 photoreduction. However, the overall catalytic performance of the state-of-the-art materials is still far from practical use due to the problems of low conversion efficiency, poor light harvesting, low stability, high electron-hole recombination rates, high cost and lack of product selectivity. My aim is to prepare novel Cu- and Ag-nano structured catalysts materials for CO2 photoreduction under irradiation of visible light with high conversion to high methanol selectivity. I will mainly develop two kinds of materials. The first kind will be Ti-oxide substituted Cu-based nanostructured and another will be Cu- and Ag-based nanostructured, nanomaterials/nanoparticles. The multidisciplinary nature of the project is strong, involving a combination of well-developed material chemistry, design engineering chemistry, environmental safety and alternate energy production. The planned proposal will comprehensively address the major challenges involved in the catalytic conversion and aims to develop novel nanocatalysts for the next generation sustainable fuel production in addition to the knowledge transfer, training activities and long-term societal interests. This proposal includes both the transfer of knowledge to the host institution and the training of the candidate in new advanced techniques and is in line with the EU strategy for the sustainable development of alternate fuel production.
The project is co-financed by ARRS with 1583 annual hours of price class E for a period of 2 years. Funding starts on November 1, 2021.
At the National Institute of Chemistry the project group includes:
dr. Ganji Parameswaram; SICRIS št. 55999 https://cris.cobiss.net/ecris/si/sl/researcher/52826