Noah Bussell Rose Hills
Synthesis and Characterization of Cu3N for the Electrochemical Reduction of CO2
With abundant greenhouse gas emissions negatively affecting environmental and human health, it is extremely important that research is conducted on semiconductor materials that can both produce energy renewably and reduce existing pools of atmospheric carbon dioxide. In accordance with this pressing task, I will be working on a project to synthesize and develop a transition metal nitride (Cu3N) with the ultimate aim of demonstrating its ability to reduce carbon dioxide both selectively and efficiently into liquid and gaseous fuels, using solar energy. While copper nitride has a high absorption coefficient, a narrow band gap, and other properties that would enable it to perform favorably in photovoltaic and photoelectrochemical cells, little research has been done on its potential within the context of CO2 reduction reactions due to difficulties encountered in its synthesis. I will thus be building off of the Cooper Lab‚Äôs work at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to effectively synthesize the material, and then further characterize its properties and performance in the solar conversion of carbon dioxide into useful, energetic products.