Faraday Discussion 155: Artificial Photosynthesis
5 - 7 September 2011
The researchers who were highly active in the 1970s and early 1980s - a period that witnessed the great boom in solar energy research - will soon be lost and there is a real danger of future generations reinventing the wheel. It seems critical that this expertise is passed on to new researchers, with a need to focus on possible solutions to long-standing problems.
This topical and important area of science covers many disciplines. The combination of biology, chemistry, physics and theory makes for an exciting blend of discussion points.
The aim of FD155 was to focus on possible solutions to long-standing problems in the development of artificial synthesis. These answers will not be easy to find and some highly innovative research is called for. Considerable progress has been made in understanding the fine details of natural photosynthesis and there has been an emergence and growth of nano-technology. This discussion looked at applying new knowledge to the old problems.
- Electronic energy transfer
- Fuel production / carbon dioxide reduction
- Oxygen evolution
- Integrated photo-systems
- Electron transfer
Professor Anthony Harriman (Newcastle) (Chair)
Dr Andrew C Benniston (Newcastle)
Professor Richard Cogdell (Glasgow)
Professor James Durrant (London)
Dr Anita Jones (Edinburgh)
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