Lighting Up Enzymes for Solar Hydrogen Production (Fact Sheet)

Heidi Rex

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


Scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have combined quantum dots, which are spherical nanoparticles that possess unique size-tunable photophysical properties, with the high substrate selectivity and fast turnover of hydrogenase enzymes to achieve light-driven hydrogen (H2) production. They found that quantum dots of cadmium telluride coated in carboxylic acids easilyformed highly stable complexes with the hydrogenase and that these hybrid assemblies functioned to catalyze H2 production using the energy of sunlight.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2011

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-2700-50851


  • enzymes
  • hydrogen production
  • quantum dots (QD)


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