Artificial Photosynthesis

Photosynthesis Mechanism: Tofu-Like Crystalline Catalysts for Producing Clean Energy

Sep. 18, 2013 — Research by Professor Jian-Ren Shen at Okayama University demystifies the reaction mechanisms of photosynthesis and the findings may lead to the development of methods for producing an unlimited source of clean energy.


Over the past few decades, there have been many attempts at the artificial leaf, including the ongoing project at Harvard conducted by Nocera, whose goal is to create a low-cost system that produces hydrogen fuel. But JCAP’s researchers are going beyond hydrogen; they want to use photosynthesis to make a hydrocarbon fuel like gasoline that can fill your car’s tank.