OPTOELECTRONICS MEETS OPTOIONICS: ENERGY CONVERSION AND LIGHT STORAGE IN 2D CARBON NITRIDES
Mon, Oct. 9, 2023, 4:30pm
Taylor Auditorium, Frick Chemistry Lab B02
Host: Leslie Schoop
Utilization and storage of intermittent energy resources such as wind or solar power is a cornerstone of a renewable energy infrastructure. To meet this challenge, new material concepts are vital. Using the light and dark reactions of natural photosynthesis as a blueprint, we have recently identified a new generation of “light storing” materials that can both convert and store solar energy via trapping of light-induced charge carriers.
In this talk, we will discuss the potentially rich interface between solar energy harvesting, conversion and storage enabled by heptazine-based, ionic 2D carbon nitrides. We exemplify the utility of simultaneous light harvesting and storage by the concepts of time-delayed, “dark” photocatalysis, photomemristive sensors, and direct solar batteries. We will further showcase light-driven microswimmers with photocapacitive properties, which represent a new generation of simultaneously energy harvesting and light storing autonomous systems.