Photo-electrochemical fuel production: optimizing NiO, light absorber, and catalyst

An attractive approach to produce green fuel is to reduce CO2 using sunlight and protons in a photoelectrochemical (PEC) cell. A component that generally limits solar-to-fuel performance of a PEC cell, is the photocathode where the reduction needs to take place. The aim of this project, supported by Shell, is to develop a cheap, efficient and stable photocathode for the highly selective reduction of CO2 and protons to value added products. The conversion of CO2 into a dense energy carrier using renewable energy (also referred to as solar fuel) is an important element of Shell’s so-called ‘Long Range Research’ program.


Adrie Huesman

Principal External technology - Collaboration advisor
Shell

Guido Mul

Professor of Photocatalytic synthesis
University of Twente

Joost Reek

Professor of Supramolecular catalysis
University of Amsterdam

Marie Brands

PhD candidate
University of Amsterdam

Kaijian Zhu

PhD candidate
University of Twente