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Artificial Photosynthesis: Feeding and Fuelling the Future
Australasian Science (2011)
  • Thomas A Faunce, Australian National University
Abstract

Large research teams in many nations are using nanotechnology to actively redesign photosynthetic components such as light capture antennae, artificial reaction centre proteins, organic polymers and inorganic catalysts. A major aim was to achieve low cost, localised, off-the electricity grid use of sunlight to split water and achieve hydrogen for fuel cells or compression and hyper-cooling to form a liquid fuel that when burnt produces fresh water. The first international conference dedicated to creating a Global Artificial Photosynthesis (GAP) project was held in Australia at Lord Howe Island on 14-18 August 2011. As well as having endorsement from the UNESCO Natural Science Sector it was an official event of the UNESCO 2011 International Year of Chemistry. Speakers included national and international experts in various aspects of artificial photosynthesis, such as photovoltaics, hydrogen fuel cells, quantum coherence in electron transfer and international governance systems.

Keywords
  • ARtificial photosynthesis,
  • Solar Fuels,
  • Renewable energy
Publication Date
2011
Citation Information
Thomas A Faunce. "Artificial Photosynthesis: Feeding and Fuelling the Future" Australasian Science Vol. 32 Iss. 10 (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/thomasalured_faunce/8/