University of Rochester
  • University of Rochester chemistry student undergraduate teaching lab.

Our Mission

Chemistry Equation

The scientific mission of the Center is to develop an efficient and practical approach for a multi-step conversion of carbon dioxide to methanol or other fuels, using sunlight as the energy source with bacterial treatment of wastewater to regenerate the photosensitizer.

A diverse 20-member team of researchers from 10 institutions around the U.S. are working on the problem (eight are from Rochester, including the Program Director, Bill Jones). The team comprises leading researchers in nanoparticle synthesis and photophysics, homogeneous catalysis, electrogenic bacterial processes, and catalyst modeling.

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Recent News

Vice President Biden
July 27, 2015

Governor Cuomo and Vice President Biden Announce the AIM Photonics Headquarters in Rochester

The University of Rochester is a key partner in a consortium that has won a national competition to advance U.S. photonics manufacturing capability.

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LLE Omega Laser
June 30, 2015

Collaboration receives funding aimed at fusion energy

The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has announced a two-year, $3.8 million award for Sandia National Laboratories and the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE).

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Press Conference
April 23, 2015

Energy and Water bill includes $68 million for Laboratory for Laser Energetics

The FY 2016 House Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee this week includes $68 million for the Laboratory for Laser Energetics. 

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