Scientists Look to the Leaf to Make Advanced Renewable Fuels

February 1st, 2013 | by Txchnologist Staff

Researchers are continuing to make inroads in the quest to mimic natural photosynthesis to make fuels.

One group at the California Institute of Technology has figured out a way to get hydrogen gas by shining light on a platinum-particle-coated wafer of silicon.

A Harvard team, which is working on the chemistry of renewable energy, has developed cobalt and nickel catalysts that can split water into gaseous oxygen and hydrogen when light is shined on them. The resulting fuels could be collected for use in fuel cells.

Most recently, an engineering team in Japan has developed an artificial photosynthesis system that they hope will one day make hydrocarbons out of carbon dioxide in the air.

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