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Title: Coupling biology to synthetic nanomaterials for semi-artificial photosynthesis

Abstract

Biohybrid artificial photosynthesis intends to combine the advantages of biological specificity with a range of synthetic nanomaterials to create innovative semi-synthetic systems for solar-to-chemical conversion. Biological systems utilize highly efficient molecular catalysts for reduction-oxidation reactions. They can operate with minimal overpotentials while selectively channeling reductant energy into specific transformation chemistries and product forming pathways. Nanomaterials can be synthesized to have efficient light-absorption capacity and tuneability of charge separation by manipulation of surface chemistries and bulk compositions. These complementary aspects have been combined in a variety of ways, for example, where biological light-harvesting complexes function as antenna for nanoparticle catalysts or where nanoparticles function as light capture, charge separation components for coupling to chemical conversion by redox enzymes and whole cells. The synthetic diversity that is possible with biohybrids is still being explored. The progress emerging from creative approaches is generating new model systems to inspire scale-up technologies and generate understanding of the fundamental mechanisms that control energy conversion at the molecular scale. These attempts are leading to discoveries of essential design principles that can enable the development of scalable artificial photosynthesis systems.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [1]
  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
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Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
OSTI Identifier:
1573197
Report Number(s):
NREL/JA-2700-74561
Journal ID: ISSN 0166-8595
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Photosynthesis Research
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Photosynthesis Research; Journal ID: ISSN 0166-8595
Publisher:
Springer
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
09 BIOMASS FUELS; 59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES; artificial photosynthesis; biohybrid; solar fuels

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Brown, Katherine A., and King, Paul W. Coupling biology to synthetic nanomaterials for semi-artificial photosynthesis. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1007/s11120-019-00670-5.
Brown, Katherine A., & King, Paul W. Coupling biology to synthetic nanomaterials for semi-artificial photosynthesis. United States. doi:10.1007/s11120-019-00670-5.
Brown, Katherine A., and King, Paul W. Wed . "Coupling biology to synthetic nanomaterials for semi-artificial photosynthesis". United States. doi:10.1007/s11120-019-00670-5.
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abstractNote = {Biohybrid artificial photosynthesis intends to combine the advantages of biological specificity with a range of synthetic nanomaterials to create innovative semi-synthetic systems for solar-to-chemical conversion. Biological systems utilize highly efficient molecular catalysts for reduction-oxidation reactions. They can operate with minimal overpotentials while selectively channeling reductant energy into specific transformation chemistries and product forming pathways. Nanomaterials can be synthesized to have efficient light-absorption capacity and tuneability of charge separation by manipulation of surface chemistries and bulk compositions. These complementary aspects have been combined in a variety of ways, for example, where biological light-harvesting complexes function as antenna for nanoparticle catalysts or where nanoparticles function as light capture, charge separation components for coupling to chemical conversion by redox enzymes and whole cells. The synthetic diversity that is possible with biohybrids is still being explored. The progress emerging from creative approaches is generating new model systems to inspire scale-up technologies and generate understanding of the fundamental mechanisms that control energy conversion at the molecular scale. These attempts are leading to discoveries of essential design principles that can enable the development of scalable artificial photosynthesis systems.},
doi = {10.1007/s11120-019-00670-5},
journal = {Photosynthesis Research},
number = ,
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place = {United States},
year = {2019},
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