• SolarCAP is a consortium of five UK academic research groups funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to explore novel ways of harnessing solar energy to produce fuels and useful chemicals - Artificial Photosynthesis.

  • The groups, based in the Universities East Anglia, Manchester, Nottingham and York, are specifically exploring the solar conversion of carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide in tandem with the conversion of methane or alkanes to useful oxygen containing products such as alcohols.

  • Our approach is to use semiconducting nanoparticles to harvest visible light energy. Attached to these nanoparticles are two types of catalyst, one for carbon dioxide reduction, the other for alkane oxidation. Our vision is to construct photoelectrochemical nanocells for CO2 fixation and alkane oxygenation.
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SolarCAP at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, July 5 -10 2011 http://royalsociety.org/summer-science/2011/solar-nanotech/

Read Louise Pogson's award winning article "Putting sunshine in the tank - using nanotechnology to make solar fuel". Louise recently won first prize in the annual Lay Summary Writing Competition at the Manchester Beacon Summit, competing successfully against 95 other postgraduate and postdoctoral students.

New SolarCAP presentations added to the website.

Click the Outreach link to view!

A warm welcome...
We are delighted to welcome Dr Yimin Chao and Dr Joseph Wright to the UEA SolarCAP Nanoscience group. They will be joining us in September 2010, as we sadly say farewell to Professor Thomas Nann, who has moved to the Ian Wark Institute, University of South Australia, and Dr Gaëlle Charron, who is taking up a permanent post in Paris. For more information do see our Research Groups page

Professor Robin Perutz FRS
We are delighted at the election of Professor Robin Perutz as a Fellow of the Royal Society in its 350th anniversary year.

Professor Robin Noel Perutz FRS
In its citation, the Royal Society writes

" Perutz has devised and used new physical techniques to make critical contributions to science that have changed our views about the interactions of metals with small molecules. He has used time-resolved spectroscopy, matrix isolation and product analysis to show that transition metals can complex to weak ligands such as alkanes and noble gases. He has revealed new photochemical pathways for C-H activation and has shown that hydrogen can undergo oxidative addition on every collision. These have led to new understanding of chemical reactivities, and are having major impacts on our understanding of mechanisms, such as occur in catalytic reactions, and that are also relevant to industrial processes. "

http://royalsociety.org/Royal-Society-announces-new-Fellows---2010/

Ludwig Mond Award 2009 winner
Christopher Pickett and the 2009 Ludwig Mond Award
The 2009 winner of the Ludwig Mond Award was awarded to Christopher Pickett at a special symposium at the University of Warwick in April 2010.

It was awarded for his electrochemical, synthetic, spectroscopic and mechanistic studies of key metalloenzymes, the nitrogenases and the hydrogenases.
http://www.rsc.org/ScienceAndTechnology/Awards/LudwigMondAward/2009winner.asp

March 2010: Interview with Robin Perutz in Highlights in Chemical Technology at http://www.rsc.org/Publishing/ChemTech/Volume/2010/04/Robin_Perutz_Interview.asp
Robin Perutz

15th May 2009: Science Minister visit

The Science Minister, Lord Drayson of Kensington, visited the ALICE facility at Daresbury Laboratory on 15 May 2009 and heard how ALICE and EMMA will support work on new health treatments and alternative routes to green energy.

Science Minister Visits ALICE

Science Minister Visits ALICE

For more information visit http://www.astec.ac.uk/projects/alice.html and http://www.astec.ac.uk/news.html#drayson

12th March 2009: The SolarCAP website is launched!

Welcome to the SolarCAP website, home of the Solar Consortium for Artificial Photosynthesis. Here you will find updates of our research publications, breaking news and vacancies...