Simple methods for the synthesis of future, unconventional plasmonic materials with mono-atom and bimetallic centers for sustainable H2 production and CO2 reduction.

Almost a quarter of the worldwide energy sector is dependent on the current catalytic process. For boosting the future economy, photocatalysis research has become the central development regime of new, clean protocols to generate energy. However, single-site catalysis holds a new frontier in the realm of heterogeneous catalysis. The main goal of the present research is to reach significant enhancement in photocatalytic hydrogen evolution via solar water splitting, either by metal-free conditions or atomic engineering with single atoms. These photocatalysts may increase the production of hydrogen due to their high and efficient photocatalytic performance further with single atom engineering. Such formulated energy-based materials will be explored further via enhancing visible light absorption and introduction of tunable band gaps for hydrogen production as green energy storage and environmental protection.

This research is part of the project No. 2022/47/P/ST4/03412 co-funded by the National Science Centre and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 945339.


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Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry

Polish Academy of Sciences

ul. Niezapominajek 8

30-239 Krakow, Poland.


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Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis
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Polsh Academy of Sciences
ul. Niezapominajek 8
30-239 Kraków Poland

Research team of the Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry Polish Academy of Sciences is committed to in-depth understanding of phenomena and material transformations occurring at gas-solid, gas-liquid and liquid-solid interfaces through research combining significant aspects of chemistry, physics, chemical technology, material engineering, biology and medicine. Our fundamental theoretical and experimental studies are combined with applied research so that the results obtained are used in protection of health, environment and cultural heritage, as well as to improve technological processes. We educate and train doctoral students in theoretical basis and methods of surface studies by engaging them in innovative research projects and making available our unique instrumentation. In the latest research quality evaluation by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, we were granted the highest A+ scientific category.