Thomas J. Meyer

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chemist; Educator; Academic and government research institution administrator
Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Thomas J. Meyer first identified proton-coupled electron transfer and designed the first molecular water catalyst. He was an early pioneer in the field of artificial photosynthesis and solar fuels beginning with research published in the 1970s. He has gained an international reputation in photochemistry, mechanisms, chemical reactivity and catalysis, and solar energy conversion. From 1995 to 2000 he was Vice Chancellor for Research at UNC-Chapel Hill and from 2000-2005, the Associate Laboratory for Strategic Research at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He was until recently Arey Professor of Chemistry at UNC-Chapel Hill and Director of the UNC Energy Frontier Research Center where the focus was on water oxidation, carbon dioxide reduction, chromophore-catalyst assemblies, and dye sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cells for water splitting and reduction of carbon dioxide.

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