Today, the EuChemS and DFG “Solar-Driven Chemistry” white paper was launched during at the ECC6 by Ulrich Schubert, EuChemS Vice-President and one of the authors of the paper.
The objective of this White Paper is to show that it is possible, and even necessary, to drive chemical reactions by the energy from the sun in order to guarantee the welfare of future generations.
Solar-driven chemistry is a visionary concept, for which many scientific and technical problems still have to be solved. Transfer from basic chemical research to industrial applications usually takes 20 to 30 years. However, intermediate short- and medium-term objectives, which are necessary to enable the long-term goal, can also generate new knowledge, which will provide wider benefits to society and an improvement of the industrial competitiveness.