Purdue University’s Yulia Puskhar, a biophysicist and professor of physics in Purdue’s College of Science, may have a way to harness photosynthetic energy by mimicking plants. Plants can make energy directly from the sun. That process of turning sunlight directly into usable energy – called photosynthesis – may soon be a feat humans are able […]

A Kobe University research group has now developed a strategy that greatly increases the amount of hydrogen produced using hematite photocatalysts. In addition to boosting the high efficiency of what is thought to be the world’s highest performing photoanode, this strategy will be applied to artificial photosynthesis and solar water-splitting technologies via university-industry collaborations. The […]

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientists have a new material design that puts the long-sought idea of using artificial photosynthesis to generate renewable fuel within reach. Scientist Heinz Frei has spent decades working toward building an artificial version of one of nature’s most elegant and effective machines: the leaf. Frei, and many other researchers around the […]

University of Waterloo scientists have created an ‘artificial leaf’ by inexpensively recycling and converting harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) into a useful alternative fuel. The new technology, outlined in a paper published in the journal Nature Energy, was inspired by the way plants use energy from sunlight to turn carbon dioxide into food. Yimin Wu, an […]

Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… University of Oregon researchers used an atomic-force microscope fitted with an electrode tip 1,000 times smaller than a human hair to identify in real time how nanoscale catalysts collect charges that are excited by light in semiconductors. It’s a discovery that could help efforts to design devices that can store solar power for later […]

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