The Artificial Leaf

May 21, 2012 at 6:27 pm Leave a comment

The largest system on the planet for converting solar energy into chemical energy has nothing to do with humans. Photosynthetic plants and plankton use solar energy to convert carbon dioxide (a very stable form of carbon) into higher energy compounds like carbohydrates.

The Artificial Leaf (May 14, 2012, The New Yorker) describes recent discoveries by Prof. Dan Nocera and his research group that might lead to a cheap artificial photosynthetic catalyst. Nocera is currently moving from his faculty position at MIT to a new one across town at Harvard, but for those who would like to dig deeper into his work, here is a high-tech press release about his recent discoveries from MITnews (Sept. 30, 2011).

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