(97b) Converting Carbon Dioxide and Water Into Hydrocarbons with Solar Engergy and Nanostructured Metal Surfaces

Authors: 
Shen, M., University of Massachusetts Lowell
Wang, C., University of Massachusetts Lowell
Huo, H., University of Massachusetts Lowell
Ren, H., University of Massachusetts Lowell
Johnson, M., University of Massachusetts Lowell


We report femtosecond laser induced self-assembled metal nanostructure arrays can directly synthesize liquid and solid hydrocarbon compounds from carbon dioxide, water, and sunlight at a high production rate which is much higher than those in previous studies. Moreover, different from previous artificial photosynthesis works, this phenomenon presents a new mechanism that, through a surface-enhanced photodissociation process, nature-like photosynthesis can be performed artificially.