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Cascade synthesis of ethanol and acetate via microbial fermentation of syngas produced photoelectrochemically by molecular catalysts on BiVO4-perovskite tandem artificial leaf

Project description

An artificial leaf combines the latest photovoltaic materials, bacteria and molecular catalysts

Climate change is increasing the urgency for sustainable, clean energy that reduces the combustion of fossil fuels and mitigates atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2). Conventional fossil fuels are derived from the fossilised remains of once-living organisms. In addition to fuels, numerous commercially relevant chemicals have their origins in organic chemistry, the chemistry of carbon-based compounds. It is no surprise that nature is unsurpassed in its ability to perform complex catalytic reactions of relevance to organic chemistry. The EU-funded MicrobialLEAF project is recruiting bacteria to aid in the photoelectrochemical conversion of CO2 to energy-rich chemicals and fuels in an artificial leaf system with integrated state-of-the-art photovoltaic materials. It will enable the renewable synthesis of multi-carbon products powered naturally by the sun.

Coordinator

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
Net EU contribution
€ 224 933,76
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
€ 224 933,76