Artificial Photosynthesis System Created From A Nanowire-Bacteria Hybrid

April 17, 2015 12:07 PM

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Artificial Photosynthesis System Created From A Nanowire-Bacteria Hybrid

In a move that could potentially herald an era of clean, sustainable energy, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a nanosystem that successfully mimics the natural process of photosynthesis. However, unlike natural photosynthesis, wherein carbon dioxide and water are used to synthesize carbohydrates in the presence of sunlight, this artificial system synthesizes acetates -- the most common building blocks for biosynthesis that can eventually be used to produce drugs and biofuels.

“We believe our system is a revolutionary leap forward in the field of artificial photosynthesis,” Peidong Yang, a chemist with the lab’s Materials Sciences Division and one of the authors of the study, published in the journal Nano Letters, said, in a statement. “Our system has the potential to fun...

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