HyperSolar, Inc., the developer of a breakthrough technology to produce renewable hydrogen using sunlight and any source of water, has appointed Dr. Yat Li as Scientific Advisor to the company.

As Associate Professor of Chemistry at the university, Dr. Li plays a prominent role in the physical and biological sciences division within the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. He received his Bachelor’s of Science degree and PhD from the University of Hong Kong, and completed his Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University. In 2009, he received the National Science Foundation Career Award.

Dr. Li has significant experience in exploring and developing hydrogen fuel producing technologies. In 2009, Dr. Li and other researches from UCSC began developing a concept that created hydrogen fuel by exposing treated wastewater to sunlight. In collaboration with colleagues, Dr. Li has published numerous papers on the subject, including “Solar-driven microbial photoelectrochemical cells with a nanowire photocathode”, and “Self-Biased Solar-Microbial Device for Sustainable Hydrogen Generation.”

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Li to our team, and expect him to have an immediate impact in strengthening our research and development activities,” said Tim Young, CEO of HyperSolar. “His experience in developing a hydrogen fuel producing model using only sunlight and wastewater draws many parallels to what we are seeking to do at HyperSolar. We are confident that his addition will positively complement our activities at UCSB and University of Iowa, and bring us one step closer to reaching our goals.”

HyperSolar’s technology is based on the concept of developing a low-cost, submersible hydrogen production particle that can split water molecules using sunlight without any other external systems or resources – acting as artificial photosynthesis.