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Artificial photosynthesis: developing a simple, functional light harvesting porphyrin-protein ensemble

Grant


Scheme


  • Discovery Projects

Abstract


  • One of the great scientific challenges of the 21st Century is the development of a light-driven catalytic system that will convert carbon dioxide and water to fuel (hydrogen or hydrocarbon) and food ¿ ¿artificial photosynthesis¿. This research project aims to build and study light harvesting photosynthetic reaction centre mimics based on porphyrin arrays (artificial chlorophyll) and synthetic protein helices (maquettes), structurally simpler analogues of natural redox proteins. This will be the first stage in the development of artificial photosynthesis, the creation of an efficient light harvesting biomimetic material that could be used as a photocatalyst for splitting water, reducing carbon dioxide or driving solar cells.

Date/time Interval


  • 2012 - 2015

Sponsor Award Id


  • DP120102225

Local Award Id


  • 101705

Scheme


  • Discovery Projects

Abstract


  • One of the great scientific challenges of the 21st Century is the development of a light-driven catalytic system that will convert carbon dioxide and water to fuel (hydrogen or hydrocarbon) and food ¿ ¿artificial photosynthesis¿. This research project aims to build and study light harvesting photosynthetic reaction centre mimics based on porphyrin arrays (artificial chlorophyll) and synthetic protein helices (maquettes), structurally simpler analogues of natural redox proteins. This will be the first stage in the development of artificial photosynthesis, the creation of an efficient light harvesting biomimetic material that could be used as a photocatalyst for splitting water, reducing carbon dioxide or driving solar cells.

Date/time Interval


  • 2012 - 2015

Sponsor Award Id


  • DP120102225

Local Award Id


  • 101705