(CHASE) Center for Hybrid Approaches in Solar Energy to Liquid Fuels

Overview of CHASE

The Center for Hybrid Approaches in Solar Energy to Liquid Fuels is a DOE Energy Innovation Hub headquartered in the Chemistry Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

CHASE includes research partners at the University of North Carolina at Chapel HillYale UniversityBrookhaven National Laboratory, the University of PennsylvaniaNorth Carolina State University, and Emory University and was initiated in 2020 by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences

CHASE Mission

To develop molecule/material hybrid photoelectrodes for cooperative sunlight-driven generation of liquid fuels from carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and water

Scientific Goals

Pairing the light-absorbing properties of semiconductor materials with the selective fuel-producing reactivity of molecular catalysts, CHASE will advance a new paradigm of liquid solar fuels generation. This vast, mostly unexplored space at the intersection between molecular catalysts and heterogeneous materials presents unique opportunities for breakthroughs in photocatalyst durability and access to high-octane liquid fuels.


The overarching five-year goals of CHASE are captured in three complementary thrusts:

  1. Understand the fundamental principles and design strategies that enable the integration of durable semiconductor light absorbers with molecular catalysts to drive liquid fuel production (Integration Thrust)
  2. Tailor the local environment around the catalyst on a molecular scale to direct reactivity along desired pathways (Microenvironment Thrust)
  3. Develop design principles that enable the cooperative integrated photosynthesis of liquid fuels through multi-catalyst cascades (Cascades Thrust)


Prof. Jerry Meyer | Director | 919-843-8313 | gjmeyer@email.unc.edu

Prof. Jillian Dempsey | Deputy Director | 919-962-4617 | dempseyj@email.unc.edu

Dr. Caley Allen | Managing Director | 919-962-2304 | calallen@email.unc.edu

Links and Resources


Name Role Phone Email Location
Renato Neiva Sampaio
SFPA Lab Manager
Murray Hall 2202B
Stephen Tereniak
CHASE Synthesis Scientist
Murray Hall 2202D
Courtney Hite
Executive Assistant
Murray Hall 2202N
Daniel Kurtz
Technical Communications and IP Manager
Murray Hall 2202M
Carrie Donley
Surface Microscopy, Spectroscopy and Fabrication Scientist
Chapman 243

Available Equipment and Resources

Name Price
SFPA Workstation 1 View calendar
SFPA - Agilent GC/MSD 8890/5977C View calendar
SFPA - MBraun Anaerobic Glovebox View calendar
SFPA - MBraun Inert Glovebox View calendar
SFPA - Solar Simulator View calendar
SFPA - Spectroelectrochemical Setup View calendar
SFPA - inspIRe Time-Resolved Infrared Spectrometer View calendar
Spectroscopy - Cary 5000 UV-Vis-NIR Spectrometer View calendar
Spectroscopy - Renishaw inVia Confocal Raman Microscope View calendar
Spectroscopy - Edinburgh PLS920 Fluorescence Spectrometer View calendar
Spectroscopy - Edinburgh LP920 Nanosecond Transient Absorption Spectrometer View calendar