Chapter 18: Photobiohybrid Solar Conversion with Metalloenzymes and Photosynthetic Reaction Centers

Katherine Brown, Paul King, Peter Ciesielski

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Natural photosynthesis integrates functionally diverse molecules into highly organized networks that capture solar energy to generate electrochemical energy for production of reduced chemical compounds. The underlying energy transduction principles and rich photochemistry of photosynthesis have inspired considerable effort to design robust artificial technologies for solar production of renewable fuels. Another route to solar conversion involves coupling the catalytic power of biomolecules with the synthetic tunability of materials to create photocatalytic biohybrids. Light-harvesting, electroconductive, and catalytic materials, in many cases, can be functionalized with surface chemistries to control molecular assembly, stability, photoenergetics, and electron transfer with biomolecules. Some of the latest research progress on developing biohybrids for photocatalytic CO2 reduction, H2 production, and fuel-cell devices are summarized in this chapter.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationBiotechnology for Biofuel Production and Optimization
EditorsC. A. Eckert, Cong T. Trinh
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9780444634757
StatePublished - 2016

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CH-2700-66108


  • Artificial photosynthesis
  • Bio-nano
  • Biohybrid
  • Photocatalysis


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