Tag: photosynthesis

Leiden University researcher provides new design rules on efficient artificial photosynthesis

Leiden University researcher provides new design rules on efficient artificial photosynthesis

June 2, 2022 |

In the Netherlands, artificial photosynthesis, like the natural variant in green plants, consists of two parts. One is water splitting into hydrogen and oxygen. The other one is carbon dioxide reduction into energy-rich hydrocarbons. The target is to achieve these two parts in one system that on the one hand reduces the CO2 content of […]

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South Korean researchers developing artificial photosynthesis to achieve carbon neutrality

South Korean researchers developing artificial photosynthesis to achieve carbon neutrality

August 23, 2021 |

In South Korea, researchers are striving to turn artificial photosynthesis technology into reality to achieve carbon neutrality or accomplish a net carbon emission value of zero. Artificial photosynthesis is a technology that mimics natural photosynthesis by using the received sunlight energy to convert carbon dioxide into high-value compounds such as ethylene, methanol, and ethanol. However, […]

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Researchers use photosynthesis tracking from space to estimate CO2 fixation

Researchers use photosynthesis tracking from space to estimate CO2 fixation

February 18, 2021 |

In Illinois, a research team with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign developed a product to accurately measure gross primary production (GPP), which quantifies the rate of CO2 fixation in plants through photosynthesis: the SatelLite Only Photosynthesis Estimation Gross Primary Production (SLOPE […]

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Researcher makes clothing come alive with algae and organisms

Researcher makes clothing come alive with algae and organisms

September 6, 2020 |

In the Netherlands, a Materials Experience Lab’s researcher is exploring the potential of Living Textiles for futures of clothing and product design and her current project, Biogarmentry, found a special condition in clothing that users will connect to—a living textile that is capable of photosynthesis. Biogarmentry is a transdisciplinary collaboration between nature, design and science. […]

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European researchers awarded more than EUR7 million to research photosynthesis

European researchers awarded more than EUR7 million to research photosynthesis

October 14, 2019 |

In the UK, a University of Sheffield academic is part of a research team which has been awarded over EUR7 million to continue pioneering research into photosynthesis by the European Research Council (ERC). Photosynthesis is a fundamental process on Earth, harnessing the energy of sunlight to generate the oxygen we breathe and the food we […]

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Longer life for bioelectrodes with oxygen-free environment

Longer life for bioelectrodes with oxygen-free environment

April 28, 2019 |

In Germany, a research team from Ruhr-Universität Bochum has shown that operation in an oxygen-free environment significantly prolongs the life of the bioelectrode. “In order to generate energy sustainably and efficiently, we must not only understand but also overcome the processes that limit the lifetime of renewable energy conversion technologies,” says Wolfgang Schuhmann. The use […]

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Structure and function of photosynthetic protein explained

Structure and function of photosynthetic protein explained

January 19, 2019 |

In Germany, an international research team has elucidated the structure and mode of action of the photosynthetic complex I. The membrane protein complex plays an important role in the electron transport processes in photosynthesis. “The results close one of the last major knowledge gaps in the understanding of the photosynthetic electron transport pathways,” said the […]

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Quest fulfilled? Holy Grail found? 40% crop yield increase really possible?

Quest fulfilled? Holy Grail found? 40% crop yield increase really possible?

January 19, 2019 |

Regardless of your age, you’ve probably heard of the search for the Holy Grail, or at the very least watched Monty Python’s movie, “Holy Grail.” And while everyone is probably searching for their own holy grail, scientists in Illinois may have just gotten incredibly close to finding the treasure that any crop producer has been […]

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Researchers look at altering tools cyanobacteria use to capture light for photosynthesis

Researchers look at altering tools cyanobacteria use to capture light for photosynthesis

April 25, 2017 |

In Washington state, a recent study by researchers from the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory and Washington University investigated effects of altering large cellular complexes called phycobilisomes, which cyanobacteria use to efficiently capture light energy for photosynthesis, to guide development of optimal strategies for biofuel production. The findings revealed changes to phycobilisome structure indirectly affect critical, […]

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Japanese researchers make breakthrough in understanding photosynthesis

Japanese researchers make breakthrough in understanding photosynthesis

April 19, 2017 |

In Japan, photosynthesis requires a mechanism to produce large amounts of chemical energy without losing the oxidative power needed to break down water. A Japanese research team led by the Kobe University has clarified part of this mechanism, marking another step towards the potential development of artificial photosynthesis. The findings were published on February 27 […]

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