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. Recently, some attention has been directed toward an organometallic fulvalene diruthenium couple which has shown great potential for energy storage capabilities and photo-conversion in solution The objective of the project is to improve and extend the concept of molecular solar thermal energy storage and conversion towards future applications. The project will address two important challenges in the field. By A) developing a photon up-converting device ? so that a larger fraction of solar photons can be used to drive the energy storing photochemical reaction. And by B) designing and synthesizing new organometallic molecules with improved properties for solar energy storage and conversion. A special emphasis will be on molecules based on economically feasible metals relevant for future applications.
Professor vid Polymer Technology
Funding Chalmers participation during 2012–2015