Welcome to Menny Shalom's group webpage.
One of the promising technologies for future alternative energy sources is the direct conversion of sunlight into chemical or electrical energy by using photocatalysis or photoelectrochemical cells (PEC), respectively.
The greatest challenge in these fields is to develop new types of advanced materials with the desired electrical and optical properties that will replace the conventional raw materials that are currently used. Although in the last years a significant progress has been made, it is still an essential task to find efficient and low-cost materials as photoactive materials and co-catalysts.More importantly, it is necessary to gain a basic understanding of the physical properties and the fundamental operation mechanisms in this field.
Our group develops new methods to synthesize metal-free materials and earth-abundant metal-containing materials with well-defined structure and properties toward their utilization in energy-related applications such as photo- and electro-catalysis.