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Development of a Semi-Artificial Chloroplast

Project description

Promising news for producing renewable fuel through semi-artificial photosynthesis

Photosynthesis, the light-driven process plants use to convert carbon dioxide and water into high-energy sugars has sustained them for millennia. Scientists are looking to capitalise on nature’s efforts with a mixture of biological and synthetic materials in the hopes of providing clean and renewable fuel for the future. Finding suitable materials for CO2 reduction and water oxidation come up as major roadblocks to pushing the efficiency of artificial photosynthesis. The EU-funded SmArtC project plans to find better natural and synthetic materials that will do this. The project will exploit the high water oxidation potential of Photosystem II with the high CO2-reduction potential of a dual system based on iron porphyrin and an organic dye.

Coordinator

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
Net EU contribution
€ 212 933,76
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
United Kingdom

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Region
East of England East Anglia Cambridgeshire CC
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00