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).

2 Mar 2010
DNA origami using 'tiles' not 'staples'

The group of Yan Liu and Hao Yan has discovered a way to scale up DNA origami using tiles not staples to pin the DNA into place. Their method has great potential for providing cheap access to complicated nanostructures.

20 Nov 2009
Thomas Moore creates joint invention with MIT

 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.

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

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.

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