Unconventional Solar Energy Technologies

In a future society with limited access to fossil fuels, technologies for efficient on demand delivery of renewable energy are highly desirable. In this regard, methods that allow for solar energy storage and on demand solar driven power generation are particularly relevant since the sun is the most abundant energy source. In this context, we work with molecular systems capable of storing large amounts of energy via photo-induced chemical reactions (so-called molecular solar thermal systems). We design new molecular systems and devices that demonstrate the function of these materials. Further, we explore advanced photophysical processes know as photon upconversion as a strategy to improve existing and future solar energy technologies.

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Vetenskapsrådet
Energimyndigheten
Chalmers Energy & Materials AoA
​​Kasper Moth-Poulsen ; D. Coso ; Karl Börjesson ; N. Vinokurov ; S. K. Meier ; A. Majumdar ; K. P. C. Vollhardt ; R. A. Segalman (2012). Molecular solar thermal (MOST) energy storage and release system. Energy & Environmental Science. 5 (9) s. 8534-8537. [Nr. 163614]

Michael R. Harpham ; Son C. Nguyen ; Zongrui Hou ; Jeffrey C. Grossman ; Charles B. Harris ; Michael W. Mara ; Andrew B. Stickrath ; Yosuke Kanai ; Alexie M. Kolpak ; Donghwa Lee ; Di-Jia Liu ; Justin P. Lomont ; Kasper Moth-Poulsen ; Nikolai Vinokurov ; Lin X. Chen ; K. Peter C. Vollhardt (2012). X-ray Transient Absorption and Picosecond IR Spectroscopy of Fulvalene(tetracarbonyl)diruthenium on Photoexcitation. Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 51 (31) s. 7692-7696. [Nr. 164193]

Published: Mon 25 Feb 2013. Modified: Mon 28 Oct 2013