The goal of the division is to serve the needs of the national energy strategy and lead the international energy technology. On the basis of the combination of chemistry, physics, materials, engineering, and other disciplines, the division mainly focuses on the research of highly efficient conversion of coal/gas, mechanism of the efficient and direct conversion of energy-carrier molecules, new energy systems, surface physicochemical process of energy materials, and then resolving the key scientific and technological issues for the optimal utilization of carbon resources.
(1) Highly efficient conversion of syngas (CO+H2)
(2) Conversion of light alkanes
(3) Activation and conversion of carbon dioxide
Targeting on the striding development of the power sources for electric vehicle and large scale energy storage, the division focuses on the innovative technology and fundamental scientific aspects of new generation chemical energy storage and conversion system. Based on the charge-matter transferring mechanism of the multi-scale charged interface between electrode, electrolyte and membrane materials, collaborative researches will be carried out on the field of safe and efficient chemical energy storage systems as in novel flow battery, Li-air battery, Li- sulfur battery, fuel cell, etc.
(1) R&D of next-generation flow battery system
(2) To solve the challenges of Li-air (or O2) and Li-S battery:
(3) To tackle the bottleneck problems related to fuel cells
(4) R&D on novel energy storage systems
To provide scientific support for the high-efficiency solar energy utilization, focusing on the new generation of the conversion technologies of solar cells and solar fuels. It is scheduled to investigate the following subjects: (1) To develop efficient photocatalytic, photoelectrocatalytic and photovoltaic-electrocatalytic systems for solar fuels production; (2) To carry out the basic investigations of new photovoltaic systems such as Perovskite photovoltaic cell; (3) To reveal the mechanisms of energy transfer, electron transfer and charge separation in solar fuel and solar electricity conversion processes.
(1) Hydrogen generation from photocatalytic water splitting and solar fuels conversion from CO2
(2) Photo(electro)catalytic and photovoltaic-electrocatalytic systems for the solar fuels production
(3) Construction of Highly Efficient Composite Cocatalyst Systems for Artificial and Natural-Artificial Photosynthesis
(4) New generation of solar cell
Regarding the systematic molecule engineering of materials as our core instruction, leaded by the relationship of their structure-performance and applications, we would establish the principles of energy material synthesis; develop the multi-functional materials for high efficient utilization of energy, including energy storage and catalytic transformation. We would construct an open research platform for the scientists all over the world to solve the significant issues in the area of sustainable new energy materials. Through the cooperation with the researchers on other divisions in iChEM and focusing on porous energy materials, nanocatalytic materials, electrochemical energy storage and transformation materials, highly efficient solar energy utilization and transformation materials and the theory for design of energy materials, we would set a goal at the fundamental of the area of chemical materials.
(1) Ordered porous function materials for energy conversion
(2) Nanomaterials for catalysis and energy storage
(3) Materials for electrochemical energy storage and conversion
(4) Materials for solar energy utilization and conversion
(5) Theory for the design of energy materials
The division is focusing on the development of characterization methodology and key instruments for the chemical energy materials. Specifically, on account of the basic physical and chemical processes on the surfaces and interfaces of the materials, we plan to develop the method and apparatus for the detection of surface active species with high energy, spatial and time resolutions, which would benefit for investigating the molecular adsorption on the surface at the atomic scale, examining the molecular reaction dynamics in the electronically and vibrationally excited states, understanding the molecular kinetics of multi-photon dissociation processes, as well as developing high-performance characterization techniques to elucidate the active site structures for the specific catalysts.
(1) Constructing infrared free-electron laser (IRFEL) system for the large-scale energy and chemical equipments
(2) Establishing new methodology for the optical detection at the solid/gas and solid/liquid interfaces
(3) Setting-up optical dissociation and excitation end-stations for in-situ and on-line detection of key intermediates
(4) Developing synchrotron radiation-based techniques for chemical energy research
Technology transfer division devotes to promoting the development, transformation and application of original research results in iChEM, to move forward the optimization of carbon resources utilization, the industrialization of key techniques like the storage and conversion of chemical and other sources of energy. Meanwhile, the division aims to establishing cooperation between universities/institutes and the enterprise. This division also dedicates to provide sample testing, counseling and training services for energy-related enterprises. The division focuses on the combination of academic research and application research and help to enhance the national energy utilization efficiency and promote the adjustment and upgrading the structure of country's energy industry.
X-Research division encourages innovative modes of research, exploring novel and even revolutionary methods and ideas, in relation to the energy chemistry related research. The research directions include prospective studies, which may yet to have consensus, but could become a future strategic highland. X- research encourages interdisciplinary major researches, which need to be cultivated or developed collaboratively with other research divisions. It encourages multiple interdisciplinary studies, crossing over the conventional boundaries of Chemistry, Physics, Life Science, Energy, Materials, and Environments, etc.
With the focuses on the development of chemistry for energy materials, X-research division adopts a more flexible employment system and policy, targeted to facilitate the organization and development of collaborative innovation research teams, enhance the capability of problem solving, and rapidly reorganize and integrate the teams according to the research needs and progress.
In 2016, X-research division focuses mainly on four directions: the discovery of some new functional materials; the breakthrough in reaction dynamics methods; the mechanisms of energy conversion in life science; and the cultivation of the prospective researches.
(1)The discovery of new functional materials:
(2)The breakthrough in reaction dynamics:
(3)The mechanisms of energy conversion in life science:
(4)The cultivation of the prospective researches:
Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemistry
for Energy Materials
Address: Tong-an Building, Xiamen University ,
Fujian 361005, China