SDCG includes researchers from USD, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and members of two 2010 centers, the Center for Research and Development of Light-activated Materials and Center for Accelerated Applications at the Nanoscale. Additionally, SDCG will partner with the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and several staff scientists from Department of Energy labs.

With this funding, the SDCG will purchase significant equipment, and support students and postdoctoral researchers. Both undergraduate and graduate students will participate in cutting-edge research on renewable energy solutions – one of the foremost challenges in science today. The new PhD program in Materials Chemistry at USD will be instrumental in attracting new graduate students into this research effort.

Catalytic materials increase the efficiency of chemical reactions. Catalytic processes are a major technological underpinning of modern society and are essential to the energy sector in the processing of chemical fuels from natural resources, synthesis of fine chemicals and energy conversion. Advances in catalyst technology lead to reductions in chemical waste, energy loss and costs. This technology is critical to development of new energy technologies, including fuel-cells, photo-electrochemical cells and photocatalysts for decomposition of pollutants in air or water.

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