CNSI Noble Fund researchers seek new form of battery technology

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In a new video, Professor Yves Rubin and UCLA collaborators explain their Nobel Fund project to develop a zero-carbon foot print process for generating hydrogen for energy

Rubin and collaborators from UCLA Engineering, Professors Tim Fisher and Michell Spearrin, are developing a zero–carbon footprint process for generating hydrogen for energy. The team’s strategy is to use sunlight to cleanly turn methane into hydrogen and graphite, a raw material for batteries.

Rubin is one of six Chemistry & Biochemistry faculty members selected to receive CNSI Noble Family Innovation Fund grants for their nanoscience research projects. The Noble Family Innovation Fund, established with a $10 million philanthropic commitment to the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA, supports basic and translational research involving interactions on the nanoscale – measured in billionths of a meter. Funding is earmarked for projects with substantial promise for commercialization and societal impact. The goal is to create a model for academic research and entrepreneurship that enables strategic investment to seed discoveries that have the potential to be translated for the public good.

Professor Yves Rubin received his diploma in chemistry in 1987 from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland with Professors Albert Gossauer and Alexander von Zelewski as thesis advisors. He received his Ph.D. degree at UCLA in 1991 under the guidance of Professor François Diederich. After working as a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Ronald Breslow at Columbia University, he joined the faculty at UCLA in 1992.

Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry,