Converting Carbon Dioxide and Water Into Hydrocarbons with Solar Engergy and Nanostructured Metal Surfaces

Monday, October 17, 2011: 12:55 PM
208 D (Minneapolis Convention Center)
Mengyan Shen, Cong Wang, Haibin Huo, Haizhou Ren and Michael Johnson, Department of Physics and Applied Physics, and Nanomanufacturing Center, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA

We report femtosecond laser induced self-assembled metal nanostructure arrays can directly synthesize liquid and solid hydrocarbon compounds from carbon dioxide, water, and sunlight at a high production rate which is much higher than those in previous studies. Moreover, different from previous artificial photosynthesis works, this phenomenon presents a new mechanism that, through a surface-enhanced photodissociation process, nature-like photosynthesis can be performed artificially.


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