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Pranvera Gorenca

Hometown: Tempe, Arizona | Graduation Date: Spring 2019
Materials Science & Engineering

Catalytically Active Tungsten Diselenide (WSe2) for Artificial Photosynthesis

Mentor: Sefaattin Tongay
FURI: Fall 2018

Hydrogen Energy has great potential as a renewable form of energy for a sustainable future. The objective of this project is to introduce Niobium and Rhenium doping elements to monolayer Tungsten Diselenide to enhance the catalytic activity toward hydrogen generation in the process of photo-electrocatalysis. With control over defects, the number of active sites on the material surface is increased leading to higher rates of redox reactions at both electrodes of the photocatalytic cell. Future work includes analyzing the effect of Platinum, Palladium and Ruthenium as catalytically active point defects on the efficiency of hydrogen generation.