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Special Issue "Biomolecular and Biohybrid Systems for Solar Energy Conversion"
A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2022) | Viewed by 8241
Special Issue Editors
Interests: solar-to-fuel nanodevices; biohybrid photoelectrodes; photosynthesis; photosystem I; photosystem II; cytochrome c; photoelectrochemical cells; artificial photosynthesis
Special Issue Information
It has been estimated that the energy captured in one hour of sunlight that reaches our planet is equivalent to the annual energy production by the human population globally. Efficiently capturing this practically inexhaustible solar energy and converting it into high energy density solar fuel is an attractive “green” alternative to running our present-day economies on rapidly depleting fossil fuels, especially in the context of the ever-growing global energy demand. Biohybrid technologies form a relatively young and dynamic field of green nanotechnology that utilizes a combination of designed synthetic and biological components. Such systems can take advantage of biological solar capture from photosynthetic organisms, such as cyanobacteria and algae; their photosynthetically active biological membranes; or the components of the photosynthetic apparatus to harness solar energy and convert it into electricity and solar fuels. Alternatively, solar energy is harvested by artificial systems, and the resulting reducing equivalents are transferred, either directly or via a suitable energy vector/mediator (e.g., H2) to a suitable organism or semi-synthetic module responsible for the synthesis of the desired chemical product. In both cases, the main advantage stems from the capacity of biology to synthesize complex products with efficiencies so far unachievable in man-made systems. This Special Issue on “Biomolecular and Biohybrid Systems for Solar Energy Conversion” will provide an up-to-date compendium on the recent advances in direct conversion of sunlight into chemicals (fuel and high-value products) using rational approaches aimed at obtaining the highest product yields and conversion efficiencies. Contributions are invited (original research papers and reviews) on the application of photosynthetic microorganisms, components of the photosynthetic apparatus, and heterotrophic microorganisms interfacing with various synthetic materials (semiconductive and conductive electrodes, graphene, molecular catalysts, bio-organic interfaces, photosynthesizers, plasmonic nanostructures, etc.) for enhanced conversion of solar light into chemicals using water, carbon dioxide, or nitrogen as substrates. Theoretical studies on developing rational approaches for minimizing wasteful back reactions and securing optimized solar-driven direct electron transfer are also welcome.
Prof. Dr. Joanna M. Kargul
Dr. Margot Jacquet
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- direct solar conversion
- solar-to-fuel device
- solar-to-chemical conversion
- biomolecular solar conversion
- biohybrid solar systems
- artificial photosynthesis
- photosystem I
- photosystem II
- light-harvesting complex
- reaction center
- dye-sensitized solar cell