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'In the photochemistry laboratories at the Royal Institution, Sir George Porter outlines the aim - to find a way to split water into hydrogen and oxygen - and looks at some of the possible answers.... He starts with straightforward electrolysis of water, and proceeds via photoassisted cells, to Nozik's diode, which splits water photochemically without the assistance of an electric current. Systems that use chlorophyll and chlorophyll analogues as the sensitiser are then examined. Sir George concludes by looking at the particle systems recently developed by Michael Gratzel. These systems do split water into hydrogen and oxygen, using visible light, but the yields as yet are very low. This programme contains many specially shot animation sequences, which help to explain the various Redox diagrams, and electron transfer processes.'
Metadata describing this Open University video programme
Module code and title: S341, "Photochemistry: light, chemical change and life"
Item code: S341; 11
First transmission date: 12-09-1982
Published: 1982
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Duration: 00:25:00
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Producer: Hendrik Ball
Contributor: George Porter
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Animations; Chlorophyll; Electrolysis; Flash; Methyl viologen; Nozik's diode; Photoassisted cells; Photolysis; Royal Institution; Water splitting
Master spool number: HOU3835
Production number: FOUS209A
Videofinder number: 2024
Available to public: no