Stefan Bernhard

US-China Workshop
Princeton University USA

Water splitting: Molecular photocatalysis
Oxidation: 2H2O  O2 + 4H+ + 4eReduction: 4H2O + 4e- 2H2 + 4OHOverall: 2H2O  2H2 + O2
Long-lived Triplet Excited State HSOMO water reduction (via catalyst)


water oxidation (via catalyst)

Luminophore Libraries

Water splitting: High-Throughput Screening
Pressure Transducer 16 Well Photoreactor Degassing Manifold Temperature Control

Automated Mass-Spectrometric Gas Analysis

Current Work:

Orchestrated Electron Transfer

Important Open Questions:
Mechanically Stable Membranes Capable of Electron and Proton Transfer


Robust Water Reduction and Oxidation Catalysts from Abundant Precursors: Molecular as well as Solid-state Catalysts
Pt Pd
Metal Colloid Stability in Photocatalytic WaterReduction Systems:

Important Open Questions:
Organic Photovoltaics: Self-organizing and Self-healing Functional Materials

e.g. Donor/Acceptor Block Copolymer


Organic Photovoltaics: Deliberate Control of Charge Transfer through Interfaces

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