Water splitting

Water splitting

Global climate change and exhaustion of natural resources are among the most important problems facing the world today. Although solutions to these problems will likely come from of a variety of methods, solar energy will be an essential part of our future energy infrastructure as this is the only source of renewable energy that can be harvested in large amounts. Therefore the efficient conversion of solar radiation into a form of chemical energy (e.g. H2) is a critical issue. One could achieve this by splitting water upon irradiation of light, thus resulting in the formation of O2 and H2, making water a portable energy source. Developing viable, stable catalysts for water splitting is critical since this reaction is truly a green, sustainable method to generate hydrogen, which is the cleanest chemical fuel known since its combustion generates only water.

Water splitting

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Available Positions

We are looking for creative and talented students to join us. Research students will be exposed to diverse and interdisciplinary research activities and will gain a theoretical and practical education in various areas, such as organic and organometallic chemistry, materials and surface science.


Dr. Olena Zenkina University of Ontario Institute of Technology 2000 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4 Science Building, Room 2020

phone: 905.721.8668 ext. 3644
email: olena.zenkina@uoit.ca