Center Video Library

2 Nov 2013

“We are trying to do things that Nature already does, but of course we would like to do it better...” Marina Faiella is a postdoctoral scholar in the Center for Bio-Inspired Solar Fuel Production at ASU.

1 Nov 2013

Dayn Sommer is a graduate student in the Lab of Giovanna Ghirlanda at ASU BISfuel Center. The focus of his project is the proton reduction catalyst site of the bio-inspired fuel cell that is being designed in the Center. Specific aspect of the project is constructing a chemical interface enabling delivery of electrons to the catalysts.

28 Oct 2013

The second BISfuel Retreat has been held in September 27-29, 2013 at Camp Tontozona, an ASU-affiliated rustic camp in the mountains east of Payson. The retreat began on a Friday evening and ended the following Sunday at noon, and was attended by 11 faculty and most graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and other researchers.

23 Oct 2013

Professor Devens Gust is a Director of the Center for Bio-Inspired Solar Fuel Production (BISfuel) at Arizona State University. The Center was established by the Department of Energy. Our job is to do a fundamental science that is necessary to use sunlight to cleave water into oxygen and hydrogen gas that can be used as a fuel. This is not an easy job. We do have a guide we can follow. This is natural photosynthesis.

9 Apr 2013

On Tuesday April 9th, 2013, Professor Devens Gust, Director of the Center for Bio-Inspired Solar Fuel Production, presented a lecture for high school students titled "Towards Artificial Photosynthesis and Alternative Energy". The lecture highlights modern approaches to development of alternative sources of energy with focus on using inexhaustible solar energy through design of systems for bio-inspired solar fuel production.

8 Feb 2013

Brian Watson, graduate student (Gust-Moore-Moore lab) working on Subtask 4 projects. "My project involves synthesis of organic wires to mediate electron transfer from donors to acceptors... Bisfuel Center exposed me to an array of people who are specialists in a variety of disciplines. Being able to interact with those people is valuable."

4 Jan 2013

Jesse Bergkamp, a graduate student working in the laboratory of Ana Moore on the Artificial Reaction Center projects (Subtask 4). Focus of his research is synthesis of porphyrins and phthalocyanins that mimick the natural photosynthetic systems. "Our research is about learning from nature and trying to use photons and convert light energy into chemical potential and to use that potential to produce storable and transportable fuel".

4 Nov 2012

Souvik Roy, graduate student (Subtask 3, laboratory of Anne Jones). "I am involved mostly in mimicking Fe-hydrogenases, natural enzymes that catalyze reversible reduction of protons. We are learning how to synthesize artificial peptides that anchor the mimick of the hydrogenase active center and are trying to adjust the redox properties of this center by attaching specific ligands".

30 Oct 2012

Michael Vaughn is a graduate student working in the lab of Professor Thomas Moore on the projects of Subtasks 1 and 2. He is studying recombinant plastoquinol terminal oxidases in attempt to modify the turnover potential of this oxygen-reducing enzyme and to make it work in reverse, i.e. produce protons.

24 Oct 2012

Dong Wang is a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Arizona State University. He is working in the lab of Professor James Allen, who is leading the Subtask 2 of the Bisfuel Center (Water oxidation catalysts). Dong's research project is focused on design and characterization of artificial peptides capable of binding divalent metals with the aim to construct an efficient water oxidation catalyst that mimic the natural catalysts in photosynthetic organisms.

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