Photosynthesis no longer limited to plants thanks to new advances in nanotechnology

April 17, 2015 3:38 PM

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Photosynthesis is a very important natural process that allows plants and bacteria to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen with the help of sun light and water. Without this process, humans and other animals would find it very hard to breath because as we all know, oxygen is essential for both vertebrates and invertebrates. In a way, photosynthesis can be looked as a symbiotic process between plants and animals given that the O2 produced and exhaled by plants is then assimilated by animals, which in turn transform it back into CO2 to be used by plants again. This wonderful cycle is a prime example of just how ingenious nature can be with her designs and now it’s also a testament to mankind’s extraordinary ability of replicating such complex natural processes.

Specifically, in a very impressive feat of nanoengineering scientists from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California have managed to replicate the process of photosynthesis by merging together silicon and titanium oxide nanowires with anaerobic bacteria. Unlike the r...

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