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Theme 4: Molecular photophysics for environmental and renewable energy applications

Black carbon in the Earth troposphere

The presence of soot and black carbons in the atmosphere is due to natural sources emission such as forest fires but also to human activities. These are known to have a strong impact on human health because they may transport toxic molecules, such as the Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), or reactions at their surfaces may cause health hazard. They are also very efficiently contributing to the global warming. However, they are still poorly characterized although of primary importance (…)

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Photophysics of photocatalyst for artificial photosynthesis

Energy consumption will at least double to the year 2050. It is largely based on fossil fuels, which are limited and which extensive use contributes to global warming. To mitigate the use of fossil resources, artificial photosynthesis may provide an efficient mean to convert abundant stable molecules such as H2O, CO2, O2 and N2 into an energetic carrier. At the natural Photosystem II, an enzyme consisting of a photoactive part coupled to a water oxidation catalyst, sunlight is used to drive (…)

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