“Bionic leaf 2.0” – artificial photosynthesis

A team of scientists from Harvard University has created a unique ” bionic leaf ” that uses solar energy to split water molecules into oxygen & hydrogen, & hydrogen-eating bacteria to produce liquid fuels from C02

Dubbed “bionic leaf 2.0,” the new system can convert solar energy to biomass with 10% efficiency -a number far higher than the 1% seen in the fastest growing plants o This artificial photosynthesis system has gone well over the efficiency of photosynthesis in nature

  • The system also have a platform that can make any downstream carbon-based molecule
  • The team designed a new cobalt-phosphorous alloy catalyst which did not make reactive oxygen species & allows it to “self-heal” -meaning it wouldn’t leech material into solution
  • The new system is already effective enough for possible commercial applications to be considered

 

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