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Artificial Photosynthesis: From Basic Biology to Industrial Application



Artificial Photosynthesis: From Basic Biology to Industrial Application

Anthony F. Collings (Editor), Christa Critchley (Editor)

ISBN: 978-3-527-31090-6 September 2005 339 Pages


Since the events crucial to plant photosynthesis are now known in molecular detail, this process is no longer nature's secret, but can for the first time be mimicked by technology. Broad in its scope, this book spans the basics of biological photosynthesis right up to the current approaches for its technical exploitation, making it the most complete resource on artificial photosynthesis ever published.

The contents draw on the expertise of the Australian Artificial Photosynthesis Network, currently the world's largest coordinated research effort to develop effective photosynthesis technology. This is further backed by expert contributions from around the globe, providing an authoritative overview of current research worldwide.

Artifical Photosynthesis: Social and political issues
An integrated artificial photosynthesis model

Broad band photon harvesting biomolecules for photovoltaics
Design of natural photosynthetic antenna systems
Identifying redox-active chromophores in PS II
The nature of the special-pair radical cation produced during photosynthesis
Protein-based artificial photosynthesis reaction centers
Novel polynorbonane scaffolds for chromophore linkage and spacing

Very high efficiency in silico photovoltaics
Mimicking Bacterial Photosynthetic Energy Conversion

Development of algal systems for hydrogen photoproduction
Bioengineering of green algae to enhance hydrogen production

Manipulating ribulose bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase
Defining the chemical mechanism of Rubisco by computational simulation
Carbon-based end products of artificial photosynthesis
Artificial photosynthesis - an engineering approach
Greenhouse gas technologies - the pathway to decreasing carbon intensity
"The book is very readable and is a useful addition to the literature."
Chemistry World

"...the book could serve as an introduction to the broad and heterogeneous field of artificial photosynthesis, and for presenting a wider perspective to researchers who are active in any of the sub-areas."
Angewandte Chemie International Edition

"This book would prove a worthwhile resource to anyone concerned with artificial photosynthesis."
Biotechnology Advances

"Numerous tables, charts and figures throughout this volume provide excellent illustrative material to support the detailed information presented in text. In conclusion, this book outlines the first steps of research in service to energy transformation. This book can be used as a textbook in teaching course as well as in research jobs of this field."
Carbohydrate Polymers