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CX-002408: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Novel Oxide Ceramics for Solar Energy Harvesting
CX(s) Applied: B3.6, B5.1
Date: 05/24/2010
Location(s): Alfred, New York
Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Golden Field Office

Alfred University proposes to use federal funds to develop and test new meso and nano structured titanate oxide ceramics for the use in solar energy. This project addresses Department of Energy's (DOE's) program area for hydrogen, where photocatalysts might be used to achieve the DOE hydrogen cost goal, and for solar energy where the project centers on photovoltaic devices. This project will include synthesizing materials by chemical and solid state approaches, hydrothermal synthesis of candidate materials, characterization of candidate materials, preparation of mesostructured films, preparation of mesostructured photocatalysts, preparation and performance of photovoltaic cells, performance of photocatalysts, and project management and reporting.