Funding source: The European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie co-financed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education from the funds for science for an international co-funded project.
Project number: H2020-MSCA-COFUND-2018 grant agreement No. 847413.
PI at IPC: Martin Jönsson-Niedziółka
PI at co-partner organization:
- Prof. Maarten Roeffaers – Catholic University of Leuven (KU LEUVEN)
- Prof. Giacomo Bergamini – University of Bologna (UNIBO)
Total funding (whole programme): 11 283 319 PLN
At IPC (whole programme): 5 418 748 PLN
In recent years, a growing emphasis has been put on the development of clean energy technologies and processes based on renewable energy sources like sunlight. Solar power is the key to a clean energy future. The sun’s energy can be captured to generate chemical or electrical energy via engineering energy conversion devices. The artificial photosynthetic devices need the parallel functionality of a variety of components for the efficient operation. Therefore, an integrative challenge of developing and transferring light-fuelled chemical processes from a fundamental proof-of-principle to an exploitable process is to embark upon a dynamic configuration. There have been a number of artificial photosynthesis demonstrations that have been involved in sustainable free-radical-mediated processes for organic synthesis and solar fuels production. Nevertheless, relatively few have included all the above-mentioned principles necessary to achieve the efficient solar conversion and develop solar-driven technology. Consequently, this research project is expected to provide a durable and versatile microfluidics system for solar energy conversion. It is assumed that microfluidic devices will significantly improve efficiency and reproducibility of photo(electro)catalytic processes and facilitate them scalability.
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