Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis

Summary

SCH Number
2012058142
Lead Agency
Energy Commission (California Energy Commission)
Document Title
Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
5/11/2012

Document Description
Using recent advances both in nanoscale materials and technologies, as well as in understanding of chemical reactions, and with advanced diagnostic equipment and computational techniques, JCAP scientists will mimic the natural photosynthetic process, using inexpensive, non-toxic and durable components. The process under development, like natural photosynthesis, has several distinct components and steps: a light harvesting apparatus captures light and uses the energy to generate separated charge carriers and create currents and voltages that drive chemical reactions such as CO2 reduction or water splitting. The reactions involve catalysts to create the chemical conditions needed to creack ambient water molecules and, thereby, form hydrogen and oxygen. Other catalysts reduce carbon dioxide to form liquid fuel molecules. Compnonents made of inorganic materials, for improved durability, will be arranged in a polymer membrance to allow passage of protons, seprate the products, maintain charge neutrality, and prevent recombination.

Contact Information
Aleecia Gutierrez
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-48
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 327-1472

Location

Cities
Pasadena
Counties
Los Angeles

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
S:15306
Reasons for Exemption
Data Collections.
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