MATERIALS BIOLOGY

A HYBRID APPROACH TO ARTIFICIAL PHOTOSYNTHESIS

Our work at the materials biology interface is inspired by natural photosynthesis, which harnesses solar energy to convert carbon dioxide and water to the value-added products needed to sustain life; however, the chemical end products are limited to biomass, a complex mixture required to make the plant's food and body. We are developing a hybrid inorganic-biological approach that can go beyond natural photosynthesis by creating cyborg cells that are capable of synthesizing a specific complex chemical product from carbon dioxide and water with sustainable solar and/or electrical input, spanning fuels, foods, medicines, and materials. In the longer term, this materials biology platform has the potential to endow photosynthetic capabilities to any living cell or organism.


REPRESENTATIVE PAPERS

Nichols, E. M.; Gallagher, J. J.; Liu, C.; Su, Y.; Resasco, J.; Yu, Y.; Sun, Y.; Yang, P.; Chang, M. C. Y.; Chang, C. J. "Hybrid bioinorganic approach to solar-to-chemical conversion", Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 2015, 112, 11461-11466. [html] [pdf] [LBNL News Story] [ScienceDaily News Story] [Demanjo News Story] [Science Newsline News Story] [Tech News Coverage News Story] [Adaptive Scientist News Story] [Guldar News Story] [DOE Science Headlines]








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Updated 16 December 2016