Artificial photosynthesis combines biology with technology for sustainable energy transformation

Thomas Moore, Ana Moore, Devens Gust

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Abstract

Photosynthesis supports the biosphere. Currently, human activity appropriates about one fourth of terrestrial photosynthetic net primary production (NPP) to support our GDP and nutrition. The cost to Earth systems of "our cut" of NPP is thought to be rapidly driving several Earth systems outside of bounds that were established on the geological time scale. Even with a fundamental realignment of human priorities, changing the unsustainable trajectory of the anthropocene will require reengineering photosynthesis to more efficiently meet human needs. Artificial photosynthetic systems are envisioned that can both supply renewable fuels and serve as platforms for exploring redesign strategies for photosynthesis. These strategies can be used in the nascent field of synthetic biology to make vast, much needed improvements in the biomass production efficiency of photosynthesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIP Conference Proceedings
Pages68-72
Number of pages5
Volume1519
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Event153rd Nobel Symposium on Nanoscale Energy Converters - Orenas Castle, Sweden
Duration: Aug 12 2012Aug 16 2012

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Other153rd Nobel Symposium on Nanoscale Energy Converters
CountrySweden
CityOrenas Castle
Period8/12/128/16/12

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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