Nanoscale Semiconductors Offer a New Approach to Artificial Photosynthesis

05/14/2015

This is the first working example of such a direct interface between bacteria and semiconducting materials for artificial photosynthesis, says Yang. He and his colleagues demonstrated that the system could make butanol, a polymer used in biodegradable plastics, and three pharmaceutical precursors. It could in principle be used to make many other products, including chemicals that are valuable in relatively small volumes […]┬áThe new system is about as efficient as natural photosynthesis at using the energy in sunlight, says Yang.

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