Periplasmic Biomineralization for Semi-Artificial Photosynthesis

Yiliang Lin, Jiuyun Shi, Wei Feng, Jiping Yue, Yanqi Luo, Si Chen, Bin Yang, Yuanwen Jiang, Huicheng Hu, Chenkun Zhou, Fengyuan Shi, Aleksander Prominski, Dmitri Talapin, Wei Xiong, Xiang Gao, Bozhi Tian

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Semiconductor-based biointerfaces are typically established either on the surface of the plasma membrane or within the cytoplasm. In Gram-negative bacteria, the periplasmic space, characterized by its confinement and the presence of numerous enzymes and peptidoglycans, offers additional opportunities for biomineralization, allowing for nongenetic modulation interfaces. We demonstrate semiconductor nanocluster precipitation containing single- and multiple-metal elements within the periplasm, as observed through various electron- and xray- based imaging techniques. The periplasmic semiconductors are metastable and display defect-dominant fluorescent properties. Unexpectedly, the defect-rich (i.e., the low-grade) semiconductor nanoclusters produced in situ can still increase adenosine triphosphate levels and malate production when coupled with photosensitization. We expand the sustainability levels of the biohybrid system to include reducing heavy metals at the primary level, building living bioreactors at the secondary level, and creating semi-artificial photosynthesis at the tertiary level. The biomineralization-enabled periplasmic biohybrids have the potential to serve as defecttolerant platforms for diverse sustainable applications.

Original languageAmerican English
Article numberadg5301
Number of pages12
JournalScience Advances
Issue number29
StatePublished - Jul 2023

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  • NREL/JA-2700-87170


  • biointerfaces
  • biomineralization
  • defect-tolerance
  • nanocluster precipitation
  • periplasmic
  • semiconductors


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