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Nanowires for solar energy and hydrogen production
Author(s): Yongquan Qu; Alexander M. Sutherland; Ting Guo
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Paper Abstract

We report here two approaches that we have developed recently to help solve the problem of energy crisis and global warming facing us today. One approach is to use nanoparticles attached to the end of single-walled carbon nanotubes to catalytically convert CO2 and CH4 into hydrogen and carbon fibers, which can then be used in hydrogen fuel cells and as the building material in transportation vehicles and many other structures. The second approach is to use silica nanowires as templates to make nanoscale electrodes to be used in solar cells. The main advantage of this type of solar cells is that it would be easy to incorporate them directly into glass windows on all the buildings.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 September 2007
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6650, Solar Hydrogen and Nanotechnology II, 66500C (12 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.734362
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Yongquan Qu, Univ. of California, Davis (United States)
Alexander M. Sutherland, Univ. of California, Davis (United States)
Ting Guo, Univ. of California, Davis (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6650:
Solar Hydrogen and Nanotechnology II
Jinghua Guo, Editor(s)

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