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Towards Biohybrid Artificial Photosynthesis

Abstract A vast amount of energy emanates from the sun, and at the distance of Earth, approximately 172,500 TW reaches the atmosphere. Of that, 80,600 TW reaches the surface with 15,600 TW falling on land. Photosynthesis converts 156 TW in the form of biomass, which represents all food/fuel for the biosphere with about 20 TW of the total product used by humans. Additionally, our society uses approximately 20 more TW of energy from ancient photosynthetic products i.e. fossil fuels. In order to mitigate climate problems, the carbon dioxide must be removed from the human energy usage by replacement or recycling as an energy carrier. Proposals have been made to process biomass into biofuels; this work demonstrates that current efficiencies of natural ph... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Vaughn, Michael David (Author) / Moore, Thomas (Advisor) / Fromme, Petra (Advisor) / Ghirlanda, Giovanna (Committee member) / Redding, Kevin (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Biochemistry / Chemistry / Artificial Photosynthesis / Hydrogen evolution / Photosystem I
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 223 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Biochemistry 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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