Producing Oxygen and Fuels from Carbon Dioxide on Mars: A Chemical View
Dr. Xiaofeng Feng
NASA is preparing for human exploration of Mars. The Mars’ atmosphere is mainly composed of carbon dioxide (~ 96%), with only 0.14% of oxygen. Producing oxygen and carbon fuels from carbon dioxide on Mars using solar energy might provide oxygen and fuels for propellant and for human respiration. Here we will introduce the latest research progress in chemistry on the electrocatalytic conversion of carbon dioxide to oxygen and carbon compounds, which can be powered by solar-generated electricity. Then we will discuss about the possibility of utilizing the electrochemical techniques for the conversion of carbon dioxide on Mars. This presentation is to initiate some discussions and possible collaborations between chemists and planetary scientists on the topic.
Dr. Xiaofeng Feng received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. He spent two and a half years as a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Chemistry Department at Stanford University. He then joined the University of Central Florida as an Assistant Professor in 2016. His current research focuses on catalysis and electrocatalysis for renewable energy conversion and utilization.