The goal of Subtask 1 "Total System Analysis, Assembly and Testing" is to develop design parameters for a complete, efficient solar fuels system.

The solar water splitting device consists of four subsystems, artificial antenna-reaction center complex, water oxidation catalyst, fuel production complex and functional nanostructured electrode. Research of Subtask 1 aims at combining the subsystems into an efficient, functional unit in the face of thermodynamic and kinetic constraints and emergent phenomena. The most challenging part of the project is to incorporate artificial mimics of photosynthesis with dye-sensitized photovoltaic technology to achieve solar-to-fuel efficiencies that surpass those of photosynthesis or single-junction PV-driven electrolysis of water. The assembly is coordinated by scientists with a broad knowledge of energy flow and control in natural systems and experience in the limitations of artificial analogs.

People working on Subtask 1

Thomas Moore
Principal Investigator
Subtask 1 Leader
Resa Vatan Meidanshahi
Graduate Student
Michael Vaughn
Graduate student
Matthieu Koepf
Postdoctoral Fellow
Kevin Redding
Associate Director of the Center
Principal Investigator
Don Seo
Principal Investigator
Subtask 5 Leader
Anne Jones
Principal Investigator

Major projects of Subtask 1

  1. Defining the thermodynamic and kinetic parameters for an efficient water-to-hydrogen artificial photosynthetic cell
  2. Schematic tandem architectures for solar fuel production systems

Research news on Subtask 1

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.

13 May 2011

Professor Tom Moore, a leader of Subtask 1 (Total systems analysis, assembly and testing) in the Center, is a coauthor of the review paper “Comparing Photosynthetic and Photovoltaic Efficiencies and Recognizing the Potential for Improvement” published in May 13 issue of the Science magazine. In this paper, the multidisciplinary team of authors presented a consensus on comparison of solar energy conversion of photosynthesis and photovoltaics that outlines a road map for engineering of more efficient photosynthetic systems.

Thomas Moore creates joint invention with MIT
20 Nov 2009

 For Arizona State University (ASU) Professor Thomas Moore, an invitation to guest lecture became a demonstration in a lab which led to a seafood lunch – which led to a joint invention with colleagues from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that contributed to a sustainable energy start-up company.

Recent papers on Subtask 1

  1. Gust, D., Moore, T.A., and Moore, A.L. (2013) Artificial photosynthesis, Theoretical and Experimental Plant Physiology, 25, 182-185 (Read online)"
  2. Sherman, B.D., Vaughn, M.D., Bergkamp, J.J., Gust, D., Moore, A.L., Moore, T.A. (2014) Evolution of reaction center mimics to systems capable of generating solar fuel, Photosynthesis Research, 120 (1-2), 59-70 (Read online)"
  3. Moore, T.A., Moore, A.L., and Gust, D. (2013) Artificial photosynthesis combines biology with technology for sustainable energy transformation, AIP Conf. Proc., 1519, 68-72 (Read online)"
  4. Megiatto, J. D., Antoniuk-Pablant, A., Sherman, B. D., Kodis, G., Gervaldo, M., Moore, T. A., Moore, A. L., and Gust, D. (2012) Mimicking the electron transfer chain in photosystem II with a molecular triad thermodynamically capable of water oxidation, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109, 15578-15583 (Read online)"
  5. Wee, T-L., Sherman, B.D., Gust, D., Moore, A.L., Moore, T.A., Liu, Y., and Scaiano, J.C. (2011) Photochemical synthesis of a water oxidation catalyst based on cobalt nanostructures, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 133, 16742-16745 (Read online)"
  6. Gust, D., Moore, T. A., Moore, A. L. (2012) Realizing artificial photosynthesis, Faraday Discussions, 155, 9 - 26 (Read online)"
  7. Sherman, B. D., Pillai, S., Kodis, G., Bergkamp, J., Mallouk, T. E., Gust, D., Moore, T. A., and Moore, A. L. (2011) A Porphyrin-Stabilized Iridium Oxide Water Oxidation Catalyst, Canadian Journal of Chemistry, 89, 152–157 (Read online)"
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