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Another Milestone in Hybrid Artificial Photosynthesis

XBD201504-00084.TIFA team of researchers led by Peidong Yang of the Materials Sciences Division, Michelle Chang of the Physical Biosciences Division and Chris Chang of the Chemical Sciences Division, has combined semiconducting nanowires with select microbes to create an artificial photosynthesis system that produces renewable molecular hydrogen and uses it to synthesize carbon dioxide into methane, the primary constituent of natural gas. This represents another key breakthrough in solar-to-chemical energy conversion efficiency and artificial photosynthesis. More>