One of the most important and elusive challenges that Science faces today is the development of technologies capable of alleviating the effect of greenhouse gases (GHGs) as main actors of global warming. To face this challenge, FotoArt-CM proposes the development of a new technology called artificial photosynthesis based on sustainable energy sources, which allows to reduce and recover those emissions and leads to the valorization of abundant feedstocks (Co2,H2, N2 and biomass) to obtain products useful products for society such as fuels, drugs, plastics, fertilizers, etc…
FotoArt-CM Program, which is funded for the next 4 years by the Regional Government of Madrid, is composed of 6 research groups together with 4 laboratories from REDLAB network of the Regional Government of Madrid (82 researchers) with a vast scientific experience in the fields of materials science, nanotechnology and their application to processes. Their main goal is to develop new generation of multifunctional materials and devices to make an efficient use of renewable energy, mainly solar, to obtain fuels and chemical through artificial photosynthesis.
This Program aims to be a reference to improve the knowledge of artificial photosynthesis processes, laying the foundation of future strategies to reduce GHGs effects and society dependence on fossil fuels.
The FotoArt-CM Program, coordinated by Víctor de la Peña O'Shea PhD, is composed of Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM-CSIC), Facultad de Ciencias de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Instituto de Catálisis y Petroleoquímica (ICP-CSIC), IMDEA Energía, IMDEA Materiales and IMDEA Nanociencia.