Researchers develop artificial photosynthesis-capable device

Researchers develop artificial photosynthesis-capable device

A team of researchers led by University of Central Florida’s Prof. Fernando Uribe-Romo has developed a device that can reportedly trigger artificial photosynthesis in a synthetic material.

In a manner similar to plants’ ability to make food using sunlight and carbon dioxide, the researchers’ invention absorbs greenhouse gases and generates fuel.

It is not the first time when researchers have achieved artificial photosynthesis, but it is the first time that it has been done with a commercial synthetic material, which would make the technology feasible.

Uribe-Romo said in a statement, “This work is a breakthrough. Tailoring materials that will absorb a specific color of light is very difficult from the scientific point of view, but from the societal point of view we are contributing to the development of a technology that can help reduce greenhouse gases.”

The researchers pulled it off with common metal titanium by adding light harvesting antenna molecules known as N-alkyl-2-aminoterephthalates, which can be designed to absorb specific colors of light.

The development of the artificial photosynthesis-capable device was reported in the most recent edition of the Journal of Materials Chemistry A.


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