Artificial Photosynthesis: Solar Fuels
Artificial photosynthetic systems for practical solar fuels production must integrate the functions of light harvesting, charge separation, and catalysis, with water as the source of electrons for reductive fuel-forming chemistry.
Catalysts for other energy-demanding redox reactions require high-energy reducing or oxidizing equivalents with potentials beyond those achievable with current chromophores.
Artificial Photosynthesis: Solar Electricity
Producing electricity directly from sun light using organic photovoltaics (OPVs) is an important step away from fossil fuel energy sources.
Designing molecular systems for molecular electronics or for solar energy conversion that are capable of moving charge efficiently over long distances through molecular bridges requires a fundamental understanding of electron transport in donor-bridge-acceptor (D-B-A) systems.
Quantum Information Science
Photogenerated molecular excited states and electron transfer reactions are playing an increasingly important role in the development of systems for quantum information science.