As the global population and economic activity grow, so too does worldwide energy demand. Burning fossil fuels has, until now, represented the cheapest form of electricity. It is responsible for major emissions of carbon dioxide.
Renewable electricity from solar and wind are excellent, increasingly cost-effective, low-carbon alternative energy sources. However, they suffer from the issue of intermittency. In order to combat climate change and reduce our carbon footprint, we must discover a way to store energy in an efficient, cost-effective, and scaled-up fashion.
Our group is actively researching the efficient conversion of carbon dioxide into fuels and high value feedstocks. Carbon capture and storage is one of the most promising strategies for the short term mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions.
We have developed nanostructured, robust, efficient metal catalysts that turn carbon dioxide into fuels and important precursors for industrial processes. We are leveraging interdisciplinary expertise in surface nanostructuring, computational modelling, and electrochemical synthesis to discover materials that can turn CO2 selectively into a programmable range of hydrocarbon products.