Technology Development: Soap Film based Artificial Photosynthesis
The worlds energy demand of 15 Trillion Watts is going to double by 2050. We need clean energy and clearly an answer is the SUN ! The best way to store the solar energy is through fuels – approximately 70 times more energy dense than the best battery.
Producing renewable solar fuels by Artificial Photosynthesis (AP) is globally recognized as a promising solution to modern energy and environmental crisis. AP is a scheme for capturing and storing the abundant energy from sunlight in the chemical bonds of a solar fuel like Hydrogen or Methanol. Although the basic concepts of AP are established, there are challenges like durability, scale-up costs and fuel-oxygen separation.
We target a radical breakthrough in AP, exploiting the intriguing properties of a soap bubble. Our approach is designed to solve the above major challenges through simple cheap and tuneable soap films that bio-mimics thylakoid membrane in leafs.
We are engaged in R&D with our collaborators while developing administrative and market infrastructure in parallel. The long-term vision is to impact world economy through green energy production and to provide the common platform of a seminal technology to the energy and detergent industries, where their existing worldwide infrastructure can be exploited to kick start new ventures and satisfy a vast international market potential. Critical environmental impact is expected as our technology is devoted to transform a major greenhouse gas – CO2, into useful product (fuel) while releasing oxygen into the atmosphere as the only process by-product.
Proto-Opto-Electro-Mechanical Hybrid Systems for Generation-Next Bionic Devices
The 21st century has seen an unprecedented proliferation of electronic devices, sharply altering the world economic map and human sociological behaviour, while creating socioeconomic and environmental burdens in form of massive electronic wastes. Not only does e-waste contain hazardous amounts of toxic substances such as lead, cadmium, mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, and brominated flame-retardants, but its informal disposal and low technology recycling generates additional toxic pollutants, and heavy metals.
Clearly, the electronic industry is indispensable but unsustainable, demanding immediate sustainable innovations – both in materials and in device design.
Within a century of fascinating progress in electronics, viable proton-based devices are yet to be developed, although nature has given us efficient and intrinsically sustainable biological systems that are fundamentally protonic.
Taking a cue from recent advances in organic electronic and protonic devices, we target a radical, foundational and sustainable breakthrough in device & sensor innovation.