Molecular Catalysis of Water Splitting Reactions (#76)

To produce sustainable chemical energy from sunlight, it is highly important to make advances in both basic and applied chemistry correlated with water splitting reactions. To mimic or take inspiration from the natural photosynthesis of green plants, we must further deepen our knowledge of molecular catalysis applicable to both water oxidation and reduction processes. Researchers have thus far made continuous efforts to develop new effective transition-metal-based molecular catalysts capable of accelerating either of these two processes and also to learn about the fundamental aspects of such catalytic processes, including molecular level mechanistic insights of these conversion processes. This symposium collects scientists making substantial efforts in both experimental and theoretical aspects related to water splitting reactions including efforts to develop robust functional devices. The topics involve the development of highly active molecular catalysts for oxygen and hydrogen evolution from water, the methodology and experimental methods applied in the characterization and mechanistic interrogation of such systems, the techniques solving the problems arising from the in-situ generation of undesirable decomposition products like heterogeneous materials, the principles/methods/techniques being developed to improve the robustness of molecular catalysts, the rational design and control of transportation of reactants and products around the molecular catalysts, and so on.
Last update: Dec 28, 2015