Dr Zoe Schnepp - Predictor Podcast (Ep60) - 'Green chemistry' and artificial photosynthesis

Jun 05, 2013, 12:27 PM

Sam talks with Birmingham Fellow Dr Zoe Schnepp from the School of Chemistry. Zoe’s research looks at artificial photosynthesis (AP), a process that replicates the natural process of photosynthesis, using sunlight to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. As a ‘green chemist’, Zoe’s challenge is to discover alternative materials to platinum, which is currently used within AP but which is costly and can be environmentally damaging to source. Zoe is interested in the biological and waste resources that can be used to produce energy across the whole industrial production process. ‘It’s this idea of cradle to cradle, and a lot of the products we have in our lives are cradle to grave. We buy a product, we use it, and we throw it away. In the future, industries are going to have to think a lot more carefully about all the resources they use to create a product.’

Download a transcript of this podcast here: http://bit.ly/1bMcv61