The main objective of the Energy & Advanced Material Chemistry project is to carry out research on renewable energy. Research is mainly focused on chemistry and physics of new materials for the conversion of solar energy into chemical and electrical energies. Several research projects such as; Extending and adapting current photovoltaic technology mainly dye-sensitized, Q-dot and polymer solar cells to generate electricity directly from solar radiation; Constructing artificial chemical devices mimicking photosynthesis to collect, direct, and apply solar radiation, for example to split water, convert atmospheric carbon dioxide and thus produce various forms of environmentally clean fuels; Chemical, Electrochemical and Photochemical methods for the purification of air and water are the main research topics of the project. Additionally, the project also involves investigation of low cost water and air purification methods for abatement of industrial pollutants by using sunlight. In the research topics of conversion of solar energy into either electrical or chemical energy mentioned, the fundamental requirements are; sunlight must be absorbed efficiently by light harvesting materials; photoexcited electron and holes must be separated in space to prevent recombination; photoexcited charge must be energetically and kinetically able to perform a chemical transformation. Hence we investigate all these factors in our research.
PhD, M.Phil., M.Sc. students, undergraduate students
Mr. K.M.S.D.B. Kulatunga
Mr. K.N.L. De Silva
Mrs. D. Aluthpatabendi