The goal of the SFB 1073 is an improved atomic-scale understanding of the elementary steps of energy conversion in materials with “tunable excitations and interactions”. In order to gain control of the elementary energy conversion steps, we have chosen to work with materials systems where excitation spectra and excitation interactions can be tuned by materials design or by active control. We will focus on three materials classes which have demonstrated promising potential for tunability: complex oxides, nanocomposites, and molecular metal complexes.
The CCB group is involved in project C03, carrying out theoretical studies on novel molecular inorganic catalysts. The objective is to better understand how mechanisms for chemical energy storage can be more efficiently carried out on synthetic complexes, particularly through water oxidation and carbon dioxide reduction.
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