Team to study how the sun could help make fuel
A team that includes researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and University of Massachusetts-Boston received $3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy to develop a metal catalyst that can convert sunlight, carbon dioxide and water into fuel. Chemical and Biological Engineering Professor George Huber is the primary investigator on the project, which also includes CBE Associate Professor Christos Maravelias, Steenbock Professor and Michel Boudart Professor James Dumesic, and Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Marc Anderson. The catalyst’s microscopic shape focuses sunlight to cause a chemical reaction, producing precursors to transportation fuel. If successful, this process would reduce fossil fuel imports and net CO2 emissions.