Energy and Sustainability
Developing sustainable technologies and meeting the ever-increasing energy demands of society are among the most pressing challenges for scientists. Chemistry is crucial in this arena. Many research groups in our department focus on the chemistry of energy and sustainability. The research spans a broad range of traditional sub-disciplines. Active projects involve developing sustainable and benign synthetic methodologies and separations techniques, understanding and mitigating the environmental effects of pollutants, designing and synthesizing molecular and materials-based architectures for energy storage and conversion, elucidating energy-conversion mechanisms via spectroscopic and computational methods, and developing catalysts, sensors, and photonic devices comprised of earth-abundant elements. Many of these efforts involve highly interdisciplinary collaborations between chemists and also with researchers in the natural sciences, engineering, and medicine at UB and elsewhere.