Alliance for Molecular PhotoElectrode Design for Solar Fuels (AMPED)

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Gerald Meyer

Lead Institution

University of North Carolina


2009-2020; Known as the Center for Solar Fuels (UNC) from 2009 - 2018.


To develop the fundamental molecular basis for solar-driven water oxidation and carbon dioxide reduction catalysis.

Research Topics

catalysis (homogeneous), catalysis (heterogeneous), electrocatalysis, solar (fuels), photosynthesis (natural and artificial), defects, charge transport, materials and chemistry by design, mesostructured materials, synthesis (novel materials), synthesis (self-assembly)

Materials Studied

Materials: semiconductor, wide band-gap semiconductor, metal, oxide, polymer, electrolytes, porous, optoelectronic and metamaterial

Interfaces: organic/inorganic, inorganic/inorganic, liquid/solid, solid/solid

Nanostructured Materials: 2D, 3D

Experimental and Theoretical Methods

surface science, ultrafast science, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), finite element methods


Partner Institutions

  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Texas at San Antonio

BES Staff Contact

Viviane SchwartzChris Bradley