Research at BioLEC
The chemical industry accounts for 10% of energy consumption globally, generating 7% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the manufacture of everyday chemicals and materials. BioLEC brings together a diverse group of researchers with the aim of using light to supercharge catalysts in the way that Nature harvests multiple photons to power reactions. This will enable photocatalysts to drive transformations more effectively and efficiently, thereby reducing this energy burden.
Research in the Center focuses on developing and improving light-powered catalysts and the reactions they facilitate to use in generating specific and valuable chemical products from more stable and abundant starting materials, such as waste matter like sawdust or plastic bags.
We advance towards this mission through research in five thrusts:
|Thrust A: Elucidate||Thrust B: Amplify||Thrust C: Exploit||Thrust D: Deploy|
|Improve existing and uncover new first row metal photocatalysts through mechanistic studies||Harness the power of multiple photons and electrons to drive reactions||Emulate and exploit biological systems for new or improved syntheses||Deploy light-driven approaches to valorize abundant feedstocks and waste|
|Thrust X: Experiment|
|Nurture and develop seed projects and cross-Center capabilities that impact multiple Thrusts. Read more|