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Emmeline Kao, Ph.D. 2018

Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Prof. Lin

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Emmeline received her B.S.E. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 2012. She is currently a 5th year PhD student in Professor Liwei Lin's group. Her research interests include nanofabrication (specializing in atomic layer deposition and 2D materials) for electrochemical and photoelectrochemical energy storage.

Solar Hydrogen Production by Photocatalytic Water Splitting [BPN672]
Hydrogen is a promising, environmentally-friendly fuel source for replacing fossil fuels in transportation and
stationarypower applications. Currently, most hydrogen is produced from non-renewable sources including natural
gas, oil, and coal. Photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting is a new renewable energy technology that aims to
generate hydrogen from water using solar energy. When light is absorbed by the photocatalyst, an electron-hole
pair is generated that interacts with water molecules in a surface reduction-oxidation reaction to decompose the
water into hydrogen and oxygen. The current challenge in PEC water splitting is finding low-cost, stable materials
with good visible light absorption and high efficiency for water splitting. Polymers such as thiophene have
demonstrated promising capabilities as photocatalysts due to its favorable band structure for both solar absorption
and photocatalysis by electropolymerizing films for vertical transfer of electrons. This project aims to improve the
performance of PEC devices for water splitting by developing new high surface area photoelectrodes surrounded by
a thin layer of electroplated polymers.


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BPN672
 

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