Artificial photosynthesis: From molecular to hybrid nanoconstructs

Manuel J. Llansola-Portoles, Rodrigo E. Palacios, Devens Gust, Thomas Moore, Ana Moore

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Mounting environmental concerns emphasize the urgent need to transition to sustainable energy production and use. Biology offers examples of the effi cient conversion of chemical energy to other forms of energy. Photosynthesis is an example of solar energy conversion to chemical potential, and many conversion steps of photosynthesis are quite effi cient. Taking inspiration from the effi cient processes associated with photosynthesis and the subsequent conversion of chemical potential to myriad forms of biomass, artifi cial photosynthesis (AP) can serve to inspire the design of effi cient energy-conversion systems for human use. Herein, we point out the imperative of effi cient solar energy conversion and describe some of the steps in the evolution of AP strategies, from early designs of artifi cial reaction centers (ARCs) comprising only organic chromophores to some of the most recent examples in which chromophores are attached to semiconductor nanoparticles and undergo photoinduced electron transfer processes and proton-coupled electron transfer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFrom Molecules to Materials
Subtitle of host publicationPathways to Artificial Photosynthesis
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9783319138008
ISBN (Print)9783319137995
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Hybrid nanoconstructs
  • Hybrid reaction centers
  • Photoinduced electron transfer
  • Proton-coupled electron transfer
  • Solar energy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Energy
  • General Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • General Chemistry


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