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Title: Hybrid bioinorganic approach to solar-to-chemical conversion

Abstract

Natural photosynthesis harnesses solar energy to convert CO 2 and water to value-added chemical products for sustaining life. We present a hybrid bioinorganic approach to solar-to-chemical conversion in which sustainable electrical and/or solar input drives production of hydrogen from water splitting using biocompatible inorganic catalysts. The hydrogen is then used by living cells as a source of reducing equivalents for conversion of CO 2 to the value-added chemical product methane. Using platinum or an earth-abundant substitute, α-NiS, as biocompatible hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) electrocatalysts and Methanosarcina barkeri as a biocatalyst for CO 2 fixation, we demonstrate robust and efficient electrochemical CO 2 to CH 4 conversion at up to 86% overall Faradaic efficiency for ≥7 d. Introduction of indium phosphide photocathodes and titanium dioxide photoanodes affords a fully solar-driven system for methane generation from water and CO 2 , establishing that compatible inorganic and biological components can synergistically couple light-harvesting and catalytic functions for solar-to-chemical conversion.

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1235139
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AC02-05CH11231
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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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Journal Name: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Journal Volume: 112 Journal Issue: 37; Journal ID: ISSN 0027-8424
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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
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United States
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English

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Nichols, Eva M., Gallagher, Joseph J., Liu, Chong, Su, Yude, Resasco, Joaquin, Yu, Yi, Sun, Yujie, Yang, Peidong, Chang, Michelle C. Y., and Chang, Christopher J. Hybrid bioinorganic approach to solar-to-chemical conversion. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.1073/pnas.1508075112.
Nichols, Eva M., Gallagher, Joseph J., Liu, Chong, Su, Yude, Resasco, Joaquin, Yu, Yi, Sun, Yujie, Yang, Peidong, Chang, Michelle C. Y., & Chang, Christopher J. Hybrid bioinorganic approach to solar-to-chemical conversion. United States. doi:10.1073/pnas.1508075112.
Nichols, Eva M., Gallagher, Joseph J., Liu, Chong, Su, Yude, Resasco, Joaquin, Yu, Yi, Sun, Yujie, Yang, Peidong, Chang, Michelle C. Y., and Chang, Christopher J. Mon . "Hybrid bioinorganic approach to solar-to-chemical conversion". United States. doi:10.1073/pnas.1508075112.
@article{osti_1235139,
title = {Hybrid bioinorganic approach to solar-to-chemical conversion},
author = {Nichols, Eva M. and Gallagher, Joseph J. and Liu, Chong and Su, Yude and Resasco, Joaquin and Yu, Yi and Sun, Yujie and Yang, Peidong and Chang, Michelle C. Y. and Chang, Christopher J.},
abstractNote = {Natural photosynthesis harnesses solar energy to convert CO 2 and water to value-added chemical products for sustaining life. We present a hybrid bioinorganic approach to solar-to-chemical conversion in which sustainable electrical and/or solar input drives production of hydrogen from water splitting using biocompatible inorganic catalysts. The hydrogen is then used by living cells as a source of reducing equivalents for conversion of CO 2 to the value-added chemical product methane. Using platinum or an earth-abundant substitute, α-NiS, as biocompatible hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) electrocatalysts and Methanosarcina barkeri as a biocatalyst for CO 2 fixation, we demonstrate robust and efficient electrochemical CO 2 to CH 4 conversion at up to 86% overall Faradaic efficiency for ≥7 d. Introduction of indium phosphide photocathodes and titanium dioxide photoanodes affords a fully solar-driven system for methane generation from water and CO 2 , establishing that compatible inorganic and biological components can synergistically couple light-harvesting and catalytic functions for solar-to-chemical conversion.},
doi = {10.1073/pnas.1508075112},
journal = {Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
number = 37,
volume = 112,
place = {United States},
year = {2015},
month = {8}
}

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