A UNC-Chapel Hill chemistry professor is one of two winners of a $1 million prize for research on alternative fuels.
Tom Meyer, director of UNC-CH’s Energy Frontier Research Center for Solar Fuels, will share a $1 million prize given by the government of Israel. The other winner is Michael Grätzel of the Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne in Switzerland.
Meyer and Grätzel are developing processes based on solar cells that convert solar energy into electricity, which can be used to power vehicles. The cells are able to split water into hydrogen and oxygen – a critical step in the generation of solar-based fuels.
The award is called the Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels for Transportation. It will be presented in December to Grätzel and Meyer, a member of the National Academy of Sciences.