Photosynthesis & biomimetics

Making fuel from light: Argonne research sheds light on photosynthesis and creation of solar fuel September 1, 2015

Recent experiments at Argonne have afforded researchers a greater understanding of how to manipulate photosynthesis, putting humankind one step closer to harvesting “solar fuel,” a clean energy source that could one day help replace coal and natural gas.

Two Argonne scientists named 2012 AAAS fellowsDecember 5, 2012

Computational scientist Paul Fischer and chemist Lin Chen of Argonne have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Scientists uncover a photosynthetic puzzleMay 21, 2012

Quantum physics and plant biology seem like two branches of science that could not be more different, but surprisingly they may in fact be intimately tied.

Researchers at Argonne and the Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame used ultrafast spectroscopy to see what happens at the subatomic level during the very first stage of photosynthesis.

Comparing photosynthetic and photovoltaic efficiencies and recognizing the potential for improvementMay 1, 2011

Comparing photosynthetic and photovoltaic efficiencies is not a simple issue. Both harvest the energy in sunlight, operate in distinctly different ways and produce different types of products: biomass or chemical fuels in the case of natural photosynthesis and non-stored electrical current in the case of photovoltaics. To find common ground for evaluating energy-conversion efficiency, a group of researchers lead by Robert Blankenship of Washington University in St.

Spin signatures of photogenerated radical anionsOctober 1, 2010

Photovoltaic (PV) cells are the most promising man-made devices for direct solar energy utilization. In analogy with natural photosynthesis, the key steps in PV solar energy conversion are the generation, separation and extraction of charges.