Artificial photosynthesis combines biology with technology for sustainable energy transformation

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Photosynthesis supports the biosphere. Currently, human activity appropriates about one fourth of terrestrial photosynthetic net primary production (NPP) to support our GDP and nutrition. The cost to Earth systems of "our cut" of NPP is thought to be rapidly driving several Earth systems outside of bounds that were established on the geological time scale. Even with a fundamental realignment of human priorities, changing the unsustainable trajectory of the anthropocene will require reengineering photosynthesis to more efficiently meet human needs. Artificial photosynthetic systems are envisioned that can both supply renewable fuels and serve as platforms for exploring redesign strategies for photosynthesis. These strategies can be used in the nascent field of synthetic biology to make vast, much needed improvements in the biomass production efficiency of photosynthesis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNobel Symposium 153
Subtitle of host publicationNanoscale Energy Converters
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - Apr 22 2013
Event153rd Nobel Symposium on Nanoscale Energy Converters - Orenas Castle, Sweden
Duration: Aug 12 2012Aug 16 2012

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


Other153rd Nobel Symposium on Nanoscale Energy Converters
CityOrenas Castle


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Moore, T. A., Moore, A. L., & Gust, D. (2013). Artificial photosynthesis combines biology with technology for sustainable energy transformation. In Nobel Symposium 153: Nanoscale Energy Converters (pp. 68-72). (AIP Conference Proceedings; Vol. 1519).