Winston Ko Professorship in Science Leadership Announcement and Lecture - Solar Fuels: Nature’s Approach
Join us for the announcement of the Winston Ko Professorship in Science Leadership as well as a lecture from the inagural recipient, Distinguished Professor R. David Britt. Reception to follow. Solar Fuels: Nature’s Approach Although enormous, mankind’s total consumption of energy is dwarfed by nature’s global utilization of solar energy by photosynthesis, a process by which visible light is used to convert carbon dioxide and water to sugar and oxygen. Hence there is much interest in understanding how one might more directly integrate photosynthesis into our renewable energy portfolio. Photovoltaic technology now provides a practical source of solar electricity, but in the important transportation sector the high energy density of fuels -- with energy efficiently stored in chemical bonds -- remains important. We will discuss how natural photosynthesis carries out the conversion of light energy to chemical energy without the use of silicon or copper wires, and how photosynthesis might be modified to directly produce useful fuels such as hydrogen.
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