A multidisciplinary team of the Center for Bio-inspired Solar Fuel Production conducts research of artificial photosynthetic antennas and reaction centers that absorb light efficiently and convert it to electrochemical energy, a water oxidation catalyst based on that found in photosynthesis and assembled in a way that mimics the process used by nature, and an electron accumulator and proton reduction catalyst based on natural hydrogenase enzymes.

Research news on bio-inspired

18 Feb 2014

by Jenny Green:      In a recent early online edition of Nature Chemistry, ASU scientists, along with colleagues at Argonne National Laboratory, have reported advances toward perfecting a functional artificial leaf. Designing an artificial leaf that uses solar energy to convert water cheaply and efficiently into hydrogen and oxygen is one of the goals of BISfuel, the Energy Frontier Research Center, funded by the Department of Energy, in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Arizona State University.

1 Feb 2013

BISfuel© :    A team of Bisfuel researchers led by Devens Gust, Ana Moore and Tom Moore has designed and characterized an artificial photosynthetic reaction center inspired by natural Photosystem II and comprising a highly oxidizing porphyrin linked to a biomimetic electron transfer relay and a porphyrin electron acceptor. Two articles with the results of the study have appeared in September special issue of PNAS “Chemical Approaches to Artificial Photosynthesis: Solar Fuels Special Feature” 

24 Jan 2013

Researchers from the laboratory of Giovanna Ghirlanda working on Subtask 3 (Fuel Production Complex) have achieved the synthesis of a peptide-based hydrogenase mimic that is capable of photoinduced hydrogen production. Results of the study have been published in the October 11, 2012, issue of Chemical Communications and the article has been featured on the cover of that issue.

24 Aug 2010

Devens Gust, Thomas Moore and Ana Moore are the authors of one of 10 Most-Accessed Articles from one of the Highest Impact Journals in Multidisciplinary Chemistry. Because sunlight is diffuse and intermittent, substantial use of solar energy to meet humanity's needs will probably require energy storage in dense, transportable media via chemical bonds. Practical, cost effective technologies for conversion of sunlight directly into useful fuels do not currently exist, and will require new basic science.

19 Mar 2010

An international team of scientists, including two from Arizona State University, have taken a significant step closer to unlocking the secrets of photosynthesis, and possibly to cleaner fuels. Plants and algae, as well as cyanobacteria, use photosynthesis to produce oxygen and "fuels" the latter being oxidizable substances like carbohydrates and hydrogen. There are two pigment-protein complexes that orchestrate the primary reactions of light in oxygenic photosynthesis: photosystem I (PSI) and photosystem II (PSII).

DOE funds Bio-Inspired Solar Fuel Center at ASU
30 Apr 2009

ASU will be home to a new Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) announced by the White House in conjunction with a speech delivered by President Barack Obama. The ASU center, one of 46 new EFRCs, will pursue advanced scientific research on solar energy conversion based on the principles of photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert sunlight to energy. All 46 centers are being established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as part of an overall effort to tackle the “grand challenges” and accelerate scientific advances needed to build a 21st century energy economy.

Recent papers on bio-inspired

  1. Gust, D., Moore, T.A., and Moore, A.L. (2013) Artificial photosynthesis, Theoretical and Experimental Plant Physiology, 25, 182-185 (Read online)
  2. Dutta, A., Hamilton, G. A., Hartnett, H. E., Jones, A. K. (2012) Construction of Heterometallic Clusters in a small peptide scaffold as [NiFe]-hydrogenase models: Development of a Synthetic Methodology, Inorganic Chemistry, 51, 9580–9588 (Read online)
  3. Gust, D., Moore, T. A., Moore, A. L. (2012) Realizing artificial photosynthesis, Faraday Discussions, 155, 9 - 26 (Read online)
  4. McIntosh, C. L., Germer, F., Schulz, R., Appel, J., and Jones, A. K. (2011) The [NiFe]-hydrogenase of the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 works bidirectionally with a bias to H2 production, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 133, 11308-11319 (Read online)
  5. Moore, G. F., Hambourger, M., Kodis, G., Michl, W., Gust, D., Moore, T. A., and Moore, A. L. (2010) Effects of Protonation State on a Tyrosine-Histidine Bioinspired Redox Mediator, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 114, 14450-14457 (Read online)
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