Issue 14, 2020

Semi-biological approaches to solar-to-chemical conversion


This review presents a comprehensive summary of the recent development in semi-artificial photosynthesis, a biological-material hybrid approach to solar-to-chemical conversion that provides new concepts to shape a sustainable future fuelled by solar energy. We begin with a brief introduction to natural and artificial photosynthesis, followed by a discussion of the motivation and rationale behind semi-artificial photosynthesis. Then, we summarise how various enzymes can be combined with synthetic materials for light-driven water oxidation, H2 evolution, CO2 reduction, and chemical synthesis more broadly. In the following section, we discuss the strategies to incorporate microorganisms in photocatalytic and (photo)electrochemical systems to produce fuels and chemicals with renewable sources. Finally, we outline emerging analytical techniques to study the bio-material hybrid systems and propose unexplored research opportunities in the field of semi-artificial photosynthesis.

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Article type
Review Article
28 Oct 2019
First published
15 Jun 2020
This article is Open Access
Creative Commons BY license

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2020,49, 4926-4952

Semi-biological approaches to solar-to-chemical conversion

X. Fang, S. Kalathil and E. Reisner, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2020, 49, 4926 DOI: 10.1039/C9CS00496C

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