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Diamond materials for the photocatalytic conversion of CO2 to fine chemicals and fuels using visible light

Objective

In DIACAT we propose the development of a completely new technology for the direct photocatalytic conversion of CO2 into fine chemicals and fuels using visible light. The approach utilises the unique property of man-made diamond, now widely available at low economic cost, to generate solvated electrons upon light irradiation in solutions (e.g. in water and ionic liquids). The project will achieve the following major objectives on the way to the efficient production of chemicals from CO2 :
- experimental and theoretical understanding of the principles of production of solvated electrons stemming from diamond

- identification of optimal forms of nanostructured diamond (wires, foams pores) and surface modifications to achieve high photoelectron yield and long term performance

- investigation of optimized energy up-conversion using optical nearfield excitation as a means for the direct use of sunlight for the excitation of electrons

-characterisation of the chemical reactions which are driven by the solvated electrons in “green” solvents like water or ionic liquids and reaction conditions to maximise product yields.

- demonstration of the feasibility of the direct reduction of CO2 in a laboratory environment.

The ultimate outcome of the project will be the development of a novel technology for the direct transformation of CO2 into organic chemicals using illumination with visible light. On a larger perspective, this technology will make an important contribution to a future sustainable chemical production as man-made diamond is a low cost industrial material identified to be environmentally friendly. Our approach lays the foundation for the removal and transformation of carbon dioxide and at the same time a chemical route to store and transport energy from renewable sources. This will have a transformational impact on society as whole by bringing new opportunities for sustainable production and growth.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels

Call for proposal

H2020-FETOPEN-2014-2015-RIA
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

JULIUS-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAT WURZBURG
Address
Sanderring 2
97070 Wuerzburg
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 615 125

Participants (8)

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 511 495
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 565 631
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 507 166
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 552 000
Address
Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM BERLIN FUR MATERIALIEN UND ENERGIE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 526 563
Address
Hahn Meitner Platz 1
14109 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
IOLITEC IONIC LIQUIDS TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 320 000
Address
Salzstrasse 184
74076 Heilbronn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GABO:MI GESELLSCHAFT FUR ABLAUFORGANISATION:MILLIARIUM MBH & CO KG

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 79 960,61
Address
Oskar Von Miller Ring 29
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ARTTIC
France
EU contribution
€ 195 039,39
Address
Rue Du Dessous Des Berges 58A
75013 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)