Ahmed Ismail

Ahmed Ismail
David de Wiedgebouw
Room 5th floor east side

The research activity on the conversion of solar energy into chemical energy stored in hydrogen via the process of water splitting has been intense for a few decades. However, the cost of the catalysts used in the process and the lower energy conversion achieved have been a major obstacle for using solar energy as a reliable alternative to the well-established conventional fossil fuels [1].

In this project, we employ innovative operando X-ray spectroscopic techniques to uncover the electronic properties of hematite photoanodes during the photoelectrochemical water splitting process, as well as the nature of the interaction between hematite and the Co-, Ni- and Fe- based oxide electrocatalysts.

[1] M.G. Walter et al., Chem. Rev. 110, 6446–6473 (2010)