Solar Hydrogen Fuel Generation

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Project Description

The expected depletion of fossil fuel reserves and its severe environmental impact have emphasized the need for sustainable and clean energy resources. Solar hydrogen fuel generation by water splitting using sunlight, water, and semiconductors is a promising alternative to conventional fossil fuels, which has great potential to relieve energy and environmental issues and bring an energy revolution in a clean and sustainable manner. To be practical, solar hydrogen production via water splitting needs to tackle the challenges of high solar-to-hydrogen (STH) energy conversion efficiency and high stability of the materials and devices. In photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting, as an example, the bandgap of semiconductors, band-edge potentials, optoelectronic efficiency, and stability must be satisfied simultaneously to improve the STH efficiency. In this regard, extensive research efforts have been devoted to address these challenges.In this project,our goal is to fabricate a stable semiconductor photoelectrode that can absorb the visible light as well as produce a high rate of hydrogen fuel. The student engaged to this research activity will be able to receive a high-quality training and gain a valuable experience in the field of semiconductor nanostructures fabrication and the solar hydrogen generation, which can help his future career significantly in the academic and the industrial fields.​ ​​​​​​
Program - Electrical Engineering
Division - Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering
Field of Study - ​Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics

About the
Researcher

Boon S. Ooi

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Boon S. Ooi
​Professor Ooi's research is primarily concerned with the study of semiconductor lasers and photonic integrated circuits. Specifically, he has contributed significantly to the development of practical technologies for semiconductor photonics integrated circuits, and the development of novel broadband semiconductor lasers, multiple-wavelength lasers and superluminescent diodes. Most recently, he focuses his research on the areas of GaN-based nanostructures and lasers for applications such as solid-state lighting and visible light communications.

Desired Project Deliverables

​Demonstrate the process of photoelectrochemical water splitting for solar hydrogen fuel generation.​