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Gerald Meyer

Arey Distinguished Professor

Research Interest:
Inorganic Materials, Spectroscopy, and Electrochemistry


Professional Background

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1989; B.S. State University of New York at Albany, 1985

Research Synopsis

Professor Meyer’s research is concerned with experimental investigations of photodriven electron and energy transfer in inorganic coordination compounds and extended solids. The overall goal of the research is to develop a molecular level understanding of excited states in heterogeneous environments important to environmental, biological, and materials science. Practical applications of this research include solar energy conversion, chemical sensing, catalysis, pollutant decontamination, and photonic devices. The principle tools of this research are synthetic chemistry, spectroscopy, and electrochemistry.

Professor Meyer and his research group enjoy wonderful collaborations within the UNC Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC), particularly with the Papanikolas and TJ Meyer research groups, working on the production of solar fuels through light driven water oxidation and carbon dioxide reduction. The Meyer Group also have outside collaborations with the research groups of Professor Carlo A. Bignozzi at the University of Ferrara, Professor Curtis Berlinguette at the University of British Columbia, and Professor Elena Gallopini at Rutgers University, optimizing electrical power generation in dye-sensitized solar cells.