9 Jul 2014

BISfuel, July 9, 2014 –  Deciphering the puzzles of the natural photosynthetic water oxidation mechanism empowers designers of artificial photosynthesis with knowledge to construct better water oxidation catalysts for solar fuel production. A group of Bisfuel researchers working with collaborators at the DOE free electron laser has achieved an important milestone in understanding the photosynthetic water oxidation catalytic process.

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.

22 Jun 2011

A group of Center for Bio-inspired Solar Fuel Production researchers collaborating on Subtask 2 (Water oxidation catalyst) and Subtask 5 (Functional nanostructured transparent electrode materials) have found that transparent and conducting antimony tin oxide with controlled pore size incorporates DNA nanocages with high affinity and without damage. Results of the study have been published in  the June 2011 issue of ACS Nano. The study has brought the Center scientists a bit closer to a design of a transparent nanostructured electrode with entrapped functional water oxidation catalysts.

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.

15 Apr 2011

Center researchers have developed a new DNA origami design strategy for engineering complex, arbitrarily shaped 3D DNA nanostructures that have substantial intrinsic curvatures. This strategy has been presented in a paper by Professors Hao Yan, Yan Liu and coworkers that was featured on the cover of Science for April 15, 2011.

11 Apr 2011

Michael Kenney, a junior working in the Gust group, is one of 275 individuals in the nation to win the Goldwater Scholarship this year.

4 Feb 2011

Professor Petra Fromme, a Principal Investigator of Subtask 2 at the Center, and members of her lab, Ingo Grotjohan and Raimund Fromme, have recently been involved in international collaboration study on time-resolved structure determination of membrane proteins. A recent breakthrough publication in Nature based on results of this study is entitled “Femtosecond X-ray protein nanocrystallography”.

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.

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